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bob mills for joe
why it makes sense to me
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:06

Joe, for me the clincher is that Hauptmann remained in plain sight for 2-1/2 years, never leaving town or disguising himself, never showing the least concern about being arrested, while every cop in the Bronx had his description and would have become a hero by finding him.

In order to believe Hauptmann was Cemetery John, we have to solve two riddles:

1) Why would Hauptmann have risked being discovered, even to the point of visiting City Island frequently, where Jafsie Condon rented a house?

2) Cemetery John was on every cop's list as Public Enemy #1, so what are the odds that 2-1/2 years could go by without Hauptmann being stopped for questioning even once?

  • Re: makes senseJoe for Sue and All, Sun Jun 18 06:23
    I've never been able to reconcile Fisch as CJ. He's not even close to the description provided by Condon right after his meeting at Woodlawn. Because he had a cough, people think it could have been... more
    • Re: makes senseSue for Joe, Sun Jun 18 11:59
      Darkness was a huge factor that was working against Riehl and Condon in describing what they witnessed. But more than that, I believe that the scene at Woodlawn Cemetery was more dynamic and humming... more
    • why it makes sense to me — bob mills for joe, Sun Jun 18 11:06
      • sense or no sense?Anonymous, Fri Jun 23 18:05
        "Hauptmann remained in plain sight for 2-1/2 years," It would have been much more problematic for Hauptmann to call attention to himself by suddenly leaving his usual residence, contacts, work, etc.... more
        • Re: sense or no sense?Joe, Sat Jun 24 07:04
          The fact is he was looking to return to Germany where he probably would have believed the kidnapping would be behind him. Sounds like a bit of a pattern in the making if you ask me, based on his... more
      • Re: why it makes sense to meJoe for Bob, Tue Jun 20 12:45
        Bob, How would Hauptmann have even known that Condon owned a house on City Island? The fact that they both frequented the same location shouldn't be surprising considering they both lived in the... more
        • Hauptmanns insouciant ramblingsbob mills for joe and forum, Thu Jun 22 05:30
          Joe, I can't cite the exact source, but one book cited Hauptmann as being a frequent canoer (canoeist?) off City Island in the summer. Condon had a place near by, so it's highly likely that their... more
        • JFC-BRHRichard E Sloan, Wed Jun 21 09:28
          I think Condon's connection with City Island was publicized in the papers -- after JFC's role was revealed.I think the photo of him in a rowboat off City Island was taken and published at that time,... more
      • JFC on City IslandRichard, Mon Jun 19 09:35
        JFC became high profile after the ransom was paid, but was it also common knowledge that he was active on City Island? Must I have read that anywhere? If so, where would that have been?
    • who's who conundrumRichard E Sloan, Sun Jun 18 09:46
      Now you're talking, Joe! What you say makes a lot of sense and could solve the "conundrum."Let me throw this into the mix, however. There appears there may have been two lookouts -- one at the... more
      • Re: who's who conundrumJoe for Richard, Tue Jun 20 08:19
        Richard, regarding the two very different accounts put forth by Condon and Riehl, I believe it all comes down to their individual lines of sight. From where Riehl was approaching, inside the... more
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