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Michael 5260
Re: ransom notes one and two
Sun Jan 21, 2018 13:07

The Nursery note and the March 4 ransom note were indeed once one piece of paper. The stationery was folded in half like a booklet in its original form and this is where it was torn in half.

It would be impossible for a separate extortionist to duplicate the torn edges found on the March 4 ransom note and have it match the torn edges on the Nursery note. It would make no matter that the same type of stationery was used. How many times would the paper have to be torn in half? One hundred times, one thousand times, and there still would not be a tear match.

Trying to duplicate the handwriting on the Nursery note to duplicate the handwriting on fourteen other ransom notes would be another impossibility. The amount of writing on the Nursery note (words, numbers, etc.) is far to small to use as a model writing from which subsequent ransom handwriting would successfully imitate the Nursery note handwriting. No human being is that good at forgery.

If students of the case are sharply divided as to whether the same person wrote all the Lindbergh ransom notes it is because the identification or elimination of the writing is being based on the general appearance of the handwriting. Just because two writings look different from one another does not mean they were written by two different people and just because two writings look the same does not mean they were written by the same person. There is more to this discipline than the pictorial effect of the handwriting.

  • ransom notes one and twobob mills for jack, Sun Jan 21 04:14
    I'll try to think like a detective, Jack. An extortionist would obviously have needed to show that he was part of the kidnap gang, in order to convince Jafsie and Lindy that the Eaglet would be... more
    • Re: ransom notes one and two — Michael 5260, Sun Jan 21 13:07
      • TimingJack, Wed Jan 24 00:55
        Especially with the time frame involved. A couple days at best and I even wonder about that. The note MAYBE was passed around to some forgers, then the paper had to be matched, and the ongoing... more
        • ransom note questionsbob mills for jack and michael, Wed Jan 24 06:20
          Let's assume for the sake of argument that Hauptmann alone wrote all the ransom notes. Do we conclude from this that he was a lone kidnapper? What did the cops think? If they had concluded, along... more
          • ?Jack, Thu Jan 25 08:25
            Who is "editor's note"? Do you do that yourself so that you can look important? Who does it? Editor's note: The original writer may be senile - watch out!
            • questions that are really insultsbob mills for jack, Fri Jan 26 04:18
              "Editor's Note" is a rhetorical device used by writers to separate a thought from a narrative. Apparently you haven't read much in your life, or you'd know better than to ask that question. It's one... more
              • "Editor's Note"Jack, Sun Jan 28 12:47
                Well, you find the term "Editor's Note" in any book and tell me where it is! It's a never used term which is simply an unneeded addition to make the writer feel important. As a writer, Bob, you... more
            • Number of KidnappersJack, Thu Jan 25 08:32
              We don't necessarily believe that there was only one kidnapper. But feel that, even after all these years, it is evidentually undetermined. Most likely and for sure there was at least one.
              • YearsJack, Sat Feb 3 16:16
                For as many years as this crime has been examined. if there was any hot news such as an Al Capone connection it would surely have come out and be public knowledge by now. There is nothing like that... more
              • NowJack, Thu Jan 25 09:15
                You don't have to look more important to me, Bob. I know about you and have been impressed. Sorry for your illness, but I guess poop happens. Pretty crummy for sure! I've been lucky. Lotta years and... more
          • Re: ransom note questionsMichael 5260, Wed Jan 24 12:06
            Bob, we do not have to assume Hauptmann wrote the ransom notes. There is no reason to pretend for the sake of argument. Hauptmann wrote all the ransom notes, addressed the envelopes, and wrote Dr.... more
            • we'll have to agree to disagreebob mills for michael, Wed Jan 24 14:16
              Michael, my assumption has always been that Hauptmann went to the electric chair because the gang working for Capone used a mob threat against him, one that wasn't fully understood until years later, ... more
              • ReplyJack, Thu Jan 25 09:29
                I'm not sure Michael watches this site regularly. I have a few answers just from mine and general knowledge about the case. Do you have anything backing up the Velachi statement. Sounds very not... more
                • what?bob mills for jack, Thu Jan 25 16:08
                  Jack, you misconstrue my comments very badly. I'm sure it's an accident, but I want to take pains here to set you straight. In no way, shape or form am I a sympathizer with Al Capone. But I believe... more
              • Re: we'll have to agree to disagreeMichael 5260, Wed Jan 24 15:58
                Bob, I can't conceive of why Capone and his gang would have been interested in the Lindbergh baby. It is speculated that Capone and his crew were raking in $60 to $100 million per year. Capone... more
                • thinking like al caponebob mills for michael, Thu Jan 25 05:22
                  I certainly agree with you, Michael, that $50,000. was chump change to Capone and his men. But Capone's freedom was worth vastly more than that to him, and his offer to return the Eaglet to Lindy... more
                  • Re: thinking like al caponeMichael 5260, Thu Jan 25 11:57
                    Bob, as far as Rail 16 goes it could be a case of tunnel vision. As you mentioned the police were looking for ransom money not wood evidence. So when Bornmann noticed the missing wood he gets the... more
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