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1992 Hopewell Valley News Series
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:29

1992 was the 60th anniversary of the Lindbergh kidnapping.

In 1992, there was a 5-part series on the kidnapping in the Hopewell Valley News, beginning on March 12, 1992.

I've discovered that two sources make reference to this series, and they are:

Hopewell's Crime of the Century: 1932 "The Lindbergh Kidnapping" (copied exactly) from the 1932 Hopewell Herald (Did Bruno Richard Hauptmann Really Do It?) by William C. Brittingham, published in 2001.

Also, Greg Ahlgren and Stephen Monier list the 1992 newspaper series as one of the sources for their 1993 book: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax.

There is some really interesting information and pictures in Brittingham's book!

On page 10, is a photo that Dorothy Hill Christopher took of the Hopewell house mid-way through construction! She was a resident of Mount Rose in 1932.

Her name shows up again on page 84. Christopher's 1992 letter to the Hopewell Valley editor, Ruth Luse, is on page 84.

And on page 12, is a photo of the back of the completed house taken by a mechanic/policeman named Ed Briggs.

In the 1992 Hopewell Valley accounts, an 83-year-old man, Mike Rufolo, an editor for Liberty Magazine, was interviewed, writer Douglas K. Shaffer interviewed Anna Hauptmann...there's got to be so much more included in these 1992 Hopewell Valley newspapers!

Many of the names in the 1977 Princeton Recollector volumes DO NOT show up in Brittingham's book and the Hopewell Valley reprints from 1992.

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Lindbergh kidnapping series in the Hopewell Valley News.

It would be great if we could view the actual newspapers from the 1992 series! Maybe they include photographs of the interviewees!

Between the 1977 Princeton Recollectors, the 1992 Hopewell Valley News series, and Brittingham's book, there are some wonderful memories relating to the Lindbergh kidnapping saga!

By the way, William Brittingham is related to Hopewell Police Chief Charles E. Williamson:

Shaffer, Douglas K. "The Lindbergh Kidnapping: 'Crime of the Century' Still Fascinates after 60 Years." Hopewell Valley News, 1992.

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