Michael 5260
Befogging the jury
Thu Jul 5, 2018 11:59

Attorney Ed Reilly explains away the discovery of Dr. Condon's address and telephone number written in Hauptmann's closet.

"So they'd have you believe, the New York City police-past masters in fixing evidence on people, that a man that never had a telephone in his life-because there is no evidence here that he did- would crawl into a closet and would turn around in the dark closet and would take a board, and over in a corner of the board he would write Dr. Condon's telephone number as it was three or four years ago, before they made the change. Of all the plants that were ever put into a case, this board on the inside of a closet is the worst example of police crookedness I have ever seen. And who found it? The ordinary patrolman? No. A detective? No. A lieutenant? No. A captain? No. You go all the way up the grades, with all these fellows, these bloodhounds, all over the house, a little voice led big husky Inspector Bruckmann into the closet and he turns around in the dark closet, and he says, "Aha, I have found it." The Chief Inspector of the Bronx. Well, they haven't a very good case in the Bronx against Hauptmann up to now, but they have got the telephone number-they rip out the board."

What does the fact that Bruckmann was the Chief Inspector of the Bronx have to do with the handwriting discovery? Nothing. That Bruckmann was big and husky? Nothing.

This made for good oration(it sounds good) in front of the jury and it delicately suggests that Bruckmann fabricated the writing.
Reilly was appealing to any prejudices a juror might have against the police.

Segue forward to 1976 and Anthony Scaduto. The reader is told that Tom Cassidy a news reporter wrote the address and telephone number so he would have a story for the next day, yet Cassidy did not write the article about finding the writing. Ludovic Kennedy repeats the Cassidy story and also includes two other reporters that heard the story. This is quite a bit of hearsay going on.

There is also supposed to be another person responsible for the handwriting in Hauptmann's closet. I have no idea what their name is. I do know that you could insist it was Shirley Temple and the accusation would be considered credible.

Whether you choose Bruckmann, Cassidy, or the person without a name as the writer of Condon's telephone number all three would have the same problem writing the number.

The number written in the closet was Condon's old telephone number from 1932 that was listed in the telephone directory which is significant. It was changed to an unlisted number.

If a person was going to write this telephone number in the closet in 1934 they would have either had to memorize the number or have it written down on a piece of paper and carry it around with them for two and a half years with the possible hope that the kidnapper would be captured and the number could be written in their closet in order to help convict the kidnapper. A person could not go to a telephone booth in 1934 and look up Condon's number. His number was unlisted and it would not be in the directory. His old telephone number would not be in there either.

The number in Hauptmann's closet indicates the time it was written. 1932 not 1934.

    • Re: Befogging the juryAnonymous, Thu Jul 5 18:14
      Why would someone who didn't have a telephone ever write down the phone number of someone else? Can anyone possibly make sense of this? Never mind Reilly, Never mind Cassidy. The whole idea makes no... more
      • Re: Befogging the juryMichael 5260 for Anonymous, Thu Jul 5 19:43
        Hauptmann wrote Dr. Condon's address and telephone number in his closet because he needed both to communicate with Condon. It's as simple as that. Hauptmann not having a phone or having a phone has... more
      • befogging the jurybob mills for forum, Thu Jul 5 18:24
        I posted this. I accidentally exited the system before providing my identity. Let me restate my position. Of all the enigmas attached to the LKC (and there are many), this one has should not have... more
        • Re: befogging the juryMichael, Fri Jul 6 11:32
          Bob, Shoot me an email. The man who wrote it there admitted it to Lloyd Fisher. Fisher told Hoffman about it, continued to say it thereafter, then went to his grave believing it was true. I have a... more
          • Re: befogging the jurysteve for mike, Sat Jul 7 11:58
            I don't believe Cassidy wrote it
          • hauptmann and the phone numberbob mills for michael, Fri Jul 6 18:30
            My personal e-mail is Rmills78@tampabay.rr.com, Michael. I'm interested in your research, as always. Here's where I stand on the issue, before hearing from you. Hauptmann didn't have a telephone, so... more
            • Re: hauptmann and the phone numbersteve for bob, Sat Jul 7 12:07
              we have hauptmann admitting it also so Cassidy is not believable
              • condon's phone numberbob mills for steve and forum, Sat Jul 7 14:00
                Actually, Steve, Hauptmann didn't admit it. When he was asked if he had written Condon's number on the wall, he was confused, but apparently wanted to help the cops resolve the issue. So he said he... more
                • Re: condon's phone numberJoe for Bob Mills, Sun Jul 8 07:53
                  Read the transcript, Bob. Hauptmann doesn't sound confused here at all. He's simply following the line of questioning. As much as it may seem an unusual habit to you and me, writing information on... more
                  • Re: condon's phone numberMichael, Sun Jul 8 08:30
                    I agree the (3) questionings should be read. So should the Bronx Testimony, the Flemington Testimony, the Police Reports, the Memos, Interviews, and the Letters. In fact, everything should be read.... more
            • CassidyRichard E Sloan, Sat Jul 7 00:17
              I agree with Bob. It makes no sense why Bruno would have written the # on the inside molding of his dark closet! I think Cassidy wrote it there. I think that the claim that neither Cassidy nor anyone ... more
              • Re: Cassidysteve for rich, Sat Jul 7 11:55
                hauptmann admitted he wrote it there to the surprise of the police. this tom Cassidy crap is so b.s. don't forget he testified in the ellis parker trial, he was in sombodys back pocket
                • the writingRichard Sloan, Sat Jul 7 12:36
                  Bruno said that only the letters (or was it the numbers?) looked like his writing. Then he explained to Foley that MAYBE he wrote it down because he was a little bit interested in the case. WHy... more
              • Re: CassidyJoe, Sat Jul 7 08:16
                For what it's worth, here's my take on this on the drama side of this incident. I think Cassidy may have discovered the writing after being allowed access to the Hauptmann apartment and then informed ... more
                • Re: CassidyMichael 5260 for Joe, Sat Jul 7 10:57
                  The gist of the Tom Cassidy story is that he wrote the handwriting on the trim board in order to have a hot news article. A scoop for the next day. We find that the newspaper article about the... more
                  • Re: CassidyMichael, Sat Jul 7 14:03
                    The first mistake is to assume. The second mistake is to believe that ANY reporter would not have wanted a "scoop" on either side of things. That position is a clear indicator that one hasn't done... more
                • CassidyRichard E Sloan, Sat Jul 7 09:36
                  I don't think Cassidy's "role" is merely "a side show" at all, because it complicates the issue. I find this to be one of the big puzzles of the case. DO you agree? Bruno's responses to Foley about... more
                  • Re: CassidyJoe for Richard, Sun Jul 8 08:21
                    The reason I call Cassidy's supposed claim a sideshow is because it should never have generated this much press and eternal discussion. Hauptmann's direct admission came on the heels of having been... more
              • Re: CassidyMichael for Bob & Richard, Sat Jul 7 08:00
                I sort it all out. The message boards have been a tremendous help over the years because they offer up all of the various arguments and counter-arguments. So what I've done is address the... more
        • Re: befogging the juryJoe, Fri Jul 6 10:18
          Hauptmann admitted that he wrote Condon's address and telephone number on the piece of his closet trim when shown the same by Bronx DA Samuel Foley. Confronted at the time dead to rights, in true... more
          • Re: befogging the juryMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Jul 6 10:58
            When you read Foley's questioning of Hauptmann about the handwriting you can see how Hauptmann waffles and floats around while he attempts to dream up a cogent answer. Hauptmann was afraid to say yes ... more
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