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Joe for Bob Mills
Re: dudley schonfeld's "lone wolf"
Wed Apr 11, 2018 08:04

Hauptmann was tried and convicted for murder under the felony murder doctrine. I also believe there was a good likelihood of others' involvement, but let's face it Bob, investigators were getting nothing from him to go on in determining that for a fact. He was obviously involved right up to his neck in this thing, but until the end professed total involvement and innocence. He was a big boy who had a chance to do the right thing, but chose to remain mute. You may say he had no choice because Capone would have rubbed out his family, but I don't believe there's any substance to that claim at all.

  • dudley schonfeld's "lone wolf"bob mills for joe and forum, Mon Apr 9 18:55
    No question the rest of the gang wouldn't have cared about Hauptmann. This wasn't a Boy Scout expedition. No camaraderie can be inferred with this bunch. But my problem, Joe, is with the assumption... more
    • Re: dudley schonfeld's "lone wolf" — Joe for Bob Mills, Wed Apr 11 08:04
      • hauptmann's choice (not to be confused with sophie's)bob mills for joe and forum, Wed Apr 11 13:50
        Obviously, Joe, I can't prove it. But the existence of the witness protection program (which didn't exist in the 1930s) proves that the mob will resort to threats of murder with impunity, and to... more
        • Re: hauptmann's choice (not to be confused with sophie's)Joe for Bob Mills, Thu Apr 12 11:29
          Bob, by your own admission of the invasiveness and severity of mob tactics, if Hauptmann had had anything at all to do with this kind of scheme, you know he wouldn't have survived April 1932. Do you... more
          • how the mob operatesbob mills for joe and forum, Fri Apr 13 08:39
            Joe, my understanding of mob tactics is that they put out an offer "on the street" for a particular job at a set price. Often it's a murder contract. They want someone eliminated, but the mob bosses... more
            • Re: how the mob operatesJoe for Bob Mills, Sat Apr 14 09:29
              Bob, I can't even entertain the notion Capone would not have known who the kidnappers were and that retribution for the baby's death would not have been immediately forthcoming. The only reason big... more
              • my last comments on the issuebob mills for joe and forum, Sun Apr 15 04:46
                Joe, I'm not sure what you meant by "...a golden opportunity to beat a major rap." Capone was in prison on a relatively minor rap, i.e., income tax evasion. He'd already been convicted, so he... more
          • Re: hauptmann's choice (not to be confused with sophie's)Michael 5260 for Joe, Thu Apr 12 14:25
            Joe, can you imagine what would have happened if Hauptmann had reported back to Big Al with $50,000 instead of $70,000. Al would have been reaching for his baseball bat. When Hauptmann made the... more
            • Last PostJack, Sat Apr 14 14:13
              Amen, Michael.
            • respectful dissentbob mills for michael melsky, Fri Apr 13 12:54
              Michael, Big Al wasn't expecting anyone to bring him money, not $50,000., not $70,000. As you and many others have pointed out accurately, this was a small amount in mob terms. The kidnapping wasn't... more
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