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Michael 5260
Re: ransom note questions
Wed Jan 24, 2018 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. Condon's address and telephone number on the trim board in his closet. The tangible physical evidence, proof, is down at the NJSP archives that can be studied by anyone who chooses to do so. The conclusion always comes out the same.

If Hauptmann was only an extortionist and had never laid eyes on the Lindbergh baby don't you think he would have tried to cut himself a deal with the authorities? Extortionists are not electrocuted for their crimes.

If Hauptmann had claimed he was only an extortionist he would have had to explain in detail how he committed the crime. Some fanciful fabricated story would not work. Every part of his story would have been scrupulously checked out by the investigators.

Hauptmann had nothing to negotiate with when he was arrested. He couldn't claim he was just an extortionist and he couldn't rat out an accomplice or accomplices because he committed the crime solo. If after eighty-six years a provable, and I do mean provable, accomplice was not found it is safe to say there wasn't any.

The assumption that a kidnap gang was involved shows the problem with assumptions. Sometimes they can be very wrong.

Remember the Washington D.C. sniper shootings? The police were looking for a white male in their twenties. Boy were they wrong. The description of the vehicle used was also wrong. They were looking for the wrong type of vehicle and color. So much for what people think they see or believe

  • 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 questions — Michael 5260, Wed Jan 24 12:06
      • 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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