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bob mills for michael and forum
Anna Hauptmann, spouse
Tue Jan 2, 2018 12:30

Michael, whatever the extent of Hauptmann's guilt (accomplice? extortionist?), I'm convinced Anna always thought he was innocent. Not that she thought he was an angel; clearly she didn't. But if he had in fact picked her up at the bakery that night, he couldn't have been in Hopewell, and that could account for her faith in him.

I try to imagine what it would have been like for Anna, believing in her husband's innocence, while herself an immigrant, lacking familiarity with American legal machinations, the mother of a two-year-old, and having no second source of income during the Great Depression. Personally, I'd forgive her for not having patience with Fawcett, Reilly, Scaduto, and Bryan. She was in desperate straits, and a victim of circumstances.

  • Re: TonyMichael 5260, Tue Jan 2 10:42
    Hi Steve. Anna sure didn't like very many people that were trying to help her. She didn't like James Fawcett. She felt he wasn't doing good enough. She didn't like Ed Reilly. She thought he was too... more
    • Anna Hauptmann, spouse — bob mills for michael and forum, Tue Jan 2 12:30
      • Re: Anna Hauptmann, spouseMichael 5260, Tue Jan 2 14:28
        Hi Bob. Believing and knowing are distinctly different from one another. Anna could not remember positively that her husband picked her up at the bakery. She said he "usually" did so on a Tuesday... more
        • hauptmann and his speedy dodgebob mills for michael and forum, Wed Jan 3 05:45
          Michael, assuming Hauptmann's car could have gotten him back to the Bronx in time to pick Anna up that night, we're still left with several big riddles: 1) What time do we assume the abduction took... more
          • "Who could have tipped him off that the family was there? How thoroughly were the tradesmen who constructed Highfields questioned after the kidnapping? Besides the Whateleys (who were not entirely... more
            • who was the tipster?bob mills for spamela49 and forum, Thu Jan 4 09:26
              Sorry for not remembering you, Pamela. I don't remember climbing the ladder, but I'm an old guy who forgets stuff. I'm also a bit over 200 lbs., so I doubt the ladder would have survived my effort.... more
              • my phone conversation w/ Joyce MiltonRonelle , Fri Jan 5 06:01
                Interesting that you bring up Joyce Milton, Bob. (Welcome back, Pamela!) Many years ago I called Joyce Milton and we had a long conversation about the case. She believed that Hauptmann was the lone... more
          • Re: hauptmann and his speedy dodgeAnonymous, Wed Jan 3 09:52
            There isn't any way to know the exact time that Hauptmann went in and out of the nursery or when Lindbergh came home. We do know that when the baby was checked on he was gone. A rational inference is ... more
            • Re: hauptmann and his speedy dodgeAnonymous, Thu Jan 4 09:49
              Interesting... There isn't any way to know when the baby was taken but you know which route Hauptmann took?
              • misquotebob mills for mr. anonymous, Fri Jan 5 05:44
                Huh? I said nothing of the sort. Michael speculated that Hauptmann could have made it back to the Bronx in time to pick Anna up at the bakery, using Route 1. i suggested that if Hauptmann were in a... more
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