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bob mills for sue
timing is everything
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:29

Yes, Sue. With the benefit of hindsight, a bloodhound would have helped. I think there's a two-fold explanation for why a dog wasn't used.

Kidnappings were a routine occurrence in 1932, about as rare as insider trading on Wall Street. At first this one seemed equally routine, save for Lindy's fame and the media frenzy. Since most "snatch racket" events ended without tragedy, the child being returned unharmed, there was no reason AT FIRST to assume this would be any different.

Lindy was in charge. Schwarzkopf deferred to him. If the cops gave any thought to bringing a dog in, it might have collided with Lindy's priorities. Like most parents of kidnapped children, his thoughts were with the Eaglet, and that the kidnapper(s) had to be trusted to return him. His refusal to pursue Cemetery John at St. Raymond's demonstrated that. In Lindy's eyes, a bloodhound might have seemed too aggressive.

This is a possible dupe of a previous reply.

  • Critical Time Period: Day 1Sue for Bob, Mon Sep 25 20:08
    I don't have that complete 1933 Dog Fancier article. I don't think Stein said anything more about the Lindbergh case than the passage I posted. I suppose Dog Fancier would have been a good magazine... more
    • timing is everything — bob mills for sue, Wed Sep 27 10:29
      • Re: timing is everything Sue for Bob, Fri Sep 29 01:12
        Anne might have been given false hope from Lindbergh and the police that the baby would be returned alive. Maybe family members were coached to have her believe the best. What else were they going to ... more
        • timing is everything bob mills for sue and forum, Fri Sep 29 11:49
          Anne wasn't alone in assuming the Eaglet would be unharmed. In can't be overemphasized that with three reported kidnappings a day back then (plus the unreported), it was routine to pay ransom and get ... more
          • The High School Teacher, 1932Sue for Bob, Sat Sep 30 15:19
            H.M.C. is the author of an editorial that appeared in a 1932 publication called The High School Teacher. H.M.C. also did not feel it was right that the Lindbergh story crowded out the attention that... more
          • Other Kids Were AbductedSue for Bob, Sat Sep 30 11:09
            Well, Bob, you are right. This anonymous letter that sits in the Hoboken Historical Museum shows the frustration other people felt that so much attention was being paid to the Lindbergh's child and... more
            • the only kidnapping (that night)bob mills for sue, Sun Oct 1 04:19
              Great find, Sue. I'm amazed at how you come up with this stuff. This shows not only that kidnapping was commonplace in 1932, but that people from "flyover country" resent East Coast/West Coast ways.... more
            • Not AnonymousSue for Bob, Sat Sep 30 11:17
              There is a signature on the letter, but no return address.
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