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bob mills for jack and forum
supporting thought(s)
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:43

There are multiple reasons for believing the kidnapping was the work of a gang acting in behalf of Al Capone.

1) Jafsie Condon's actions suggest that he was aware of a gang operating out of his own neighborhood---he contacted the Bronx Home News (the kidnapping had occurred in Central New Jersey, so it made no sense unless he knew more than he ever let on) and he told BI Agent Turrou, "My life won't be worth five cents (if I identify Hauptmann as Cemetery John)." Of course, Condon wasn't the only one who knew a gang had done the deed. Virtually everyone knew it.

2) Hauptmann's willingness to die in the electric chair, when he was offered a commutation for information about the gang (if he had acted alone, would that offer ever have been made?), can only be rationalized by his being threatened by the same folks who hired the gang in the first place. That threat pertained to his wife and son. In the 1930s mob tactics weren't well understood. Today they are.

3) Capone would never have promised to return the Eaglet without knowing he could deliver the goods. If Hauptmann had been a lone kidnapper (or operating within a gang unknown to Capone), Big Al wouldn't have been able to fulfill his promise, and would have been guilty of obstruction of justice. He wasn't stupid. He didn't know the gang had screwed up, because nobody would have dared tell him.

4) The kidnapper(s), acting without help, would never have chosen a Tuesday night for the abduction, simply because the Lindberghs were never there on a Tuesday. The only people outside the family who knew they were staying over then were Charles Henry Ellerson (who drove Betty Gow to Highfields), Violet Sharpe (who told Red Johnson Betty had gone there), Betty Gow, and Red Johnson himself. There is no way Hauptmann would have known it, on his own.

5) Of the names above, Ellerson is the only one connected to Duane Baker (Bacon), who in turn is the only person who was privy to "J./J. Faulkner," the names on the dumbwaiter roster at Plymouth Apartments, where he was superintendent before leaving town in a hurry shortly after the ransom exchange at St. Raymond's. Baker succeeded Ellerson as a driver for Armour & Co., and they had been seen together at "Sha-Toe," a Fort Lee speakeasy. Baker almost certainly had laundered $4,100. of ransom money by using the alias, "J.J. Faulkner," given that there was no such person. It's interesting that hours before the Eaglet's body was found, Ellerson's car was driven off the Palisades (he escaped at the last instant) and burned beyond recognition. If the car had been used to transport the Eaglet's body from its original burial site, it would have been crucial to destroy blood evidence.

The biggest red herring in the case is the ransom money. It's true that the mob wouldn't have risked it all for $50,000., but Capone's freedom was worth vastly more than that to him. The gang was probably told, "Ask for whatever ransom you think you can get. That's your payoff. Just be damn sure you deliver the goods."

  • Jack for BobJack, Sat Apr 28 06:05
    I think. Bob, to support your long time "gang" claim, you should show some supporting thought. Specifically what was their motive? To get Capone out of the country? If that was the case why when TLK... more
    • supporting thought(s) — bob mills for jack and forum, Sat Apr 28 12:43
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