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Re: H Handwriting
Mon Feb 12, 2018 06:56

Great discussion, guys. Yes it may be somewhat hindsight regarding the whodunit, but I fully agree investigators should have put the effort into what Leigh Matteson suggested, something which had far more potential for payoff than some of the wild goose chases they went on. There were way too many egos within the various law enforcement agencies trying to outdo each other and not look stupid at the same time.

Consider what they knew: Lupica's description of the Dodge sedan with ladders in across the seats. Condon observing a Dodge parked at Woodlawn Cemetery. Condon's description of Cemetery John. Skilled tradesman or carpenter via the ladder construction. Handwriting exemplars galore courtesy of the ransom notes. Kidnapper/extortionist answers Condon's ad immediately, and his movements indicate he's from the Bronx. I think Osborne was remiss in discarding the idea, when he concluded there wouldn't be enough of a sample to evaluate. As a primary filter, especially considering the unusual "x" and "Bronx" association, Matteson's idea was brilliant. This ended up as a botched opportunity which reasonably could have snared Hauptmann almost two and a half years earlier.

  • H HandwritingJack for Michael 5260, Mon Feb 12 03:39
    Good diagnosis. I thought the NYPD could have caught Hauptmann earlier by the license cards and the x. At the time they thought it would have been too much work I guess, but if they would have used... more
    • Re: H HandwritingMichael 5260 for Jack and Joe, Mon Feb 12 11:08
      Jack, you can Google, MSN, or Yahoo search engines and find John Trendley's handwriting testimony. Once you have a printout in front of you we can go through it all. This hasn't been done before... more
    • Re: H Handwriting — Joe, Mon Feb 12 06:56
      • MattesonJack, Fri Feb 16 15:08
        Well, of course "Matteson's idea" was correct, but hadn't Finn thought of it earlier and been turned town? Was a no brainer and mentioned above and on the forum many times. Perhaps not mentioned on... more
        • Re: MattesonJoe for Jack, Fri Feb 16 19:46
          I don't know for sure who thought of the idea first, but I thought it was Matteson who suggested it to Finn. Regardless, there was so much there in that brief license application card.. what's... more
          • Q'sJ............, Mon Feb 19 03:15
            I always figured it was too late to bring Charlie back, so not too important. Also was going along the lines of he could have been caught earlier. Too bad, probably wouldn't have been so many... more
          • MattesonJack, Mon Feb 19 02:45
            Didn't Finn write a book or article(s)? on "Hoe I Caught the Lindbergh Kidnapper? Has anyone ever seen a copy of that? Might be more interesting than Schoenfeld's book which I hear isn't worth much.... more
            • Re: MattesonJoe for Jack, Tue Feb 20 08:37
              Finn co-wrote an article titled "How I Captured Hauptmann" for Liberty Magazine, that appeared in seven installments in late 1935. I'm not sure if anyone's ever complied the collection but it would... more
              • Get Rid of...Jack for Joe, Wed Feb 21 03:32
                Me too. I think CAL could have pretty easily hidden Charlie away if he'd wanted to. He almost was doing that anyway. History is filled with lots of incorrect children that weren't murdered off by... more
              • fINN'S liberty ARTICLESRichard E Sloan, Tue Feb 20 16:59
                I think the entire series of Finn's articles are in the Police Mus. and Learning Center in W. Trenton. I also think that LKC buffs Sam Bornstein and Nancy Attardo may have them. Sam reads and posts... more
            • True Evidence in TLCj....., Mon Feb 19 02:46
              Above was "Jack for Joe."
          • Re: MattesonJoe , Sat Feb 17 08:50
            On second thought, Hauptmann would have had little problem explaining this somehow and then, as Gardner put it, flitting down to the next fence post.. waiting for the next question..
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