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bob mills for sue and forum
Tue Aug 1, 2017 12:28

"If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, etc..."

Sue, you've done far more research than I have on the LKC. But what first drew me to the case were the amazing "coincidences" that surrounded it.

1) Condon's notice in a neighborhood paper in the Bronx, a paper with limited circulation, is immediately answered by someone who wants to negotiate terms following a kidnapping that took place in Central New Jersey.

2) The kidnapper (allegedly from the Bronx, NY) shows up in Hopewell, NJ on a Tuesday night to kidnap a child, and the family just happens to be home for the only Tuesday night ever.

3) The kidnapper arrives at the house while everyone is awake, lights are on throughout the house, and only minutes after Lindy returns from New York
City, albeit Lindy was supposed to be at a dinner in New York that he forgot about.

4) The first significant appearance of ransom money was accompanied by a deposit ticket bearing the name "J.J. Faulkner," a non-existent person. But the dumbwaiter roster at Plymouth Apartments listed "J./J. Faulkner," representing a mother and daughter who had once lived there. The superintendent at Plymouth was Duane Baker (aka Bacon), an ex-con who disappeared into the ether two weeks after the ransom exchange at St. Raymond's Cemetery. Baker was a drinking companion at Sha-Toe in Fort Lee, NJ of Charles Henry Ellerson, one of the few people who knew the Lindberghs would be staying overnight in Hopewell.

5) John Hughes Curtis apologized to Lindy for pretending to have been in touch with a kidnap gang headed by "Sam." Ever since, Curtis has been known as one who perpetrated a cruel hoax. Except Curtis pleaded guilty in court to having conspired with the kidnappers, not defrauding Lindy, and nobody has yet explained why Curtis would have committed a fraud while making no attempt to extort money in connection with it...effectively, perpetrating a non-fraudulent fraud.

  • Condon & the Bronx Home NewsSue for Bob Mills, Mon Jul 31 22:28
    Perhaps Jafsie DID know of an active plot in the Bronx. After all... Condon was known as "The Grand Old Man of the Bronx." The Bronx News was a paper that ONLY dealt with news that came out of the... more
    • accuracyAnonymous, Sun Aug 20 15:55
      "Condon's [verbal] statement was soon published in the Bronx Home News." Condon's "statement" was actually a Letter to the (Ass't) Editor (Coleman) of the BHN (whom he knew personally). He had... more
    • coincidences — bob mills for sue and forum, Tue Aug 1 12:28
      • Re: coincidencessteve for bob, Thu Aug 3 09:42
        hi bob I have the fbi files on baker I think he was cleared
        • baker, geissler, and myra condonbob mills for steve and forum, Mon Aug 7 12:32
          Steve, my understanding is that they couldn't prove Baker laundered the money because the bank teller couldn't remember what "J./J. Faulkner" looked like (or was afraid to get involved). Then it... more
          • correctionbob mills for steve and forum, Mon Aug 7 12:57
            Upon checking my notes I find that Carl Geissler actually worked with Ralph Hacker, Jafsie Condon't son-in-law. Hacker was married to Myra (nee Condon). Sorry for the error.
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