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Michael 5260
Re: what were the odds?
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:41

Schonfeld didn't personally examine or analyze Hauptmann. He examined and analyzed the contents of the ransom notes and developed a profile of the kidnapper.

I can't fault Schonfeld for giving a professional psychological assessment of the ransom note writer. Schonfeld didn't take the witness stand under oath and give testimony as an expert witness. Even if he had it would have been the province of the jury to determine what weight that testimony would be given.

In 1932 investigators were looking for any and all things that would give then some traction in their investigation.

I don't think every cop on the beat had Cemetery John's description. When Hauptmann ran over Alexander Begg and broke his leg the police officer doing the accident investigation and report certainly didn't recognize him as Cemetery John. You had the police officer, or officers, onlookers, and ambulance personnel. Nobody recognized Hauptmann. I told you the police drawing stinks.

What are the odds that Hauptmann wandered around town for 2 1/2 years without being questioned? I don't think we could come up with an answer using probability and statistics. The cold fact is that Hauptmann did it. Hauptmann wasn't skulking acting suspicious, which would have brought attention, and he darn well wasn't disguised as Groucho Marx.

  • what were the odds?bob mills for michael, Sun Jan 14 07:48
    Michael, the Goldwater Rule wouldn't have applied to Schonfeld in any legal sense. Obviously, it came 40 years too late. I had (years) earlier made the case that Schonfeld had acted unprofessionally... more
    • Re: what were the odds? — Michael 5260, Sun Jan 14 11:41
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