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Ronelle to Bob Mills
Sat Jun 3, 2017 06:26

"A perfect storm. And OK...a judicial lynching as well."

So, maybe we can now refer to it as a "perfect judicial lynching storm" ?

There were so many "perfect storms" against Hauptmann - all over the place and coming from every angle. You only mention a few like the Jewish prosecutor relying on the Jewish psychologist who analyzed a German gentile man without ever meeting him - during times of heightened political turmoil over the rise of the 3rd Reich.
Etc etc etc

But one thing I have never understood, and that is how anyone ever came to the conclusion that Hauptmann was arrogant or as you put it "cocky." I always have to wonder how people came to those conclusions at that time because it seems to have stuck to his legacy as an "arrogant defendant."

Perhaps I am overly sensitive because I see BRH as having been completely innocent but I never found anything he said or did - as a defendant - to be proof of his "evil" nature or "arrogant" personality. Just as I can never understand how people talk about Lindbergh as a bereaved father.

  • hauptmann trialbob mills for ronelle and forum, Thu Jun 1 09:51
    Maybe "perfect storm" would be a better description than "judicial lynching," which implies that Hauptmann was an innocent bystander. A cocky German defendant at a time (1935) of growing angst from... more
    • perfect — Ronelle to Bob Mills, Sat Jun 3 06:26
    • lynchingRichard Sloan, Fri Jun 2 09:46
      Nice summary, Bob. Well done. I'm in the middle of Melsky's book, and he is starting to show that there was evidence of a second person involved in the crime, and that the police and detectives'... more
      • Re: lynchingsteve for rich, Tue Jun 6 09:56
        i never saw hard evidence that there was two people. people were trying to connect somebody for years
      • Re: lynchingMichael For Richard, Sat Jun 3 08:13
        Richard, The frustrating part is that I had 3 editors. The last guy even corrected my footnotes! Of course that took me days to reverse. However, in the end, the publisher did not print the final... more
        • Re: lynchingsteve for mike, Tue Jun 6 09:58
          that's the problem I want to hear your personal conclusions
          • two?Richard, Wed Jun 7 09:15
            I was never satisfied that one person did it. The hard evidence could be photos of all the footprints, which Mike discusses. But the cops screwed up by not taking pics of all of them and protecting... more
            • Re: two?steve for rich, Sat Jun 10 10:26
              you have to look at the end game. I see no hard evidence that he had help. your not going to count footprints and really think that was the key
            • hauptmann alone?bob mills for richard and forum, Thu Jun 8 10:21
              Hauptmann had 14K of ransom money in his garage. Unless we believe the "Fisch story," the only person who could have been a lone kidnapper was Hauptmann. Here are the reasons why that scenario... more
              • Devil's Advocatejdb, Fri Jun 9 04:42
                Bob, Excellent post, yet I have questions and some issues to raise, and to ask them I have to play the Devil's Advocate for a spell. Where to begin? Okay: The Lindberghs were never home at Hopewell... more
                • "Is that your writing?"Richard, Sat Jun 10 12:06
                  Here's something I could never figure out. Am I right about this chronology? Foley showed BRH the molding. Then he told BRH that it was Condon's phone number. Then he asked him if that was his... more
                  • Best Guessjdb, Sat Jun 10 13:58
                    Richard, I agree and this is one of those loose end aspects of the LKC that has always frustrated me, too. My best explanation is the candy-arsed one that Hauptmann was in shock or (if there is such... more
                • devils'bob mills for jdb and forum, Sat Jun 10 09:32
                  Thanks, John. I'm less willing than you are to bet on long shots such as "whoever did the deed simply got lucky." I say that because Highfields was (is) located in such a remote spot that a kidnapper ... more
                  • Difficult To Arguejdb, Sat Jun 10 14:52
                    Good response, Bob, and difficult to argue with. Indeed, if Hauptmann was CJ he'd have had good reason to worry. On the other hand, if there were larger factors at work and he was an intermediary for ... more
        • vol. 2 of Melsky'sRichard, Sun Jun 4 10:07
          Well, Mike, I look forward to vol.2. I assume you have reached a conclusion as to who dunnit and that you'll be revealing it in Vol.2. or maybe you'll only tell us that it's still not a sure thing.... more
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