Re: ladder and dowel
Fri Jul 13, 2018 14:55

Actually, Mannfried wasn't even a twinkle in Hauptmann's at the time of the kidnapping. (b. November 3, 1933)

It appears most likely that Hauptmann simply retrieved the piece of wood he fashioned into Rail 16, from his landlord Rauch's basement. This idea came to light a number of years ago when Rab Purdy posited that the missing board had originally been sawed and removed from Hauptmann's attic by electricians who were installing wiring about the time the floor was laid. Apparently, they needed access to the floor of the attic under that length of board. The cut out piece then made it's way into the Rauch's basement, where it was appropriated by Hauptmann. I believe that's how the trail goes.

  • ladder and dowelRichard Sloan, Fri Jul 13 14:03
    I agree with your thinking. I always wondered why -- at the last minute, so to speak -- Bruno would have had to go up to the Rauchs' attic to cut out a floor board to fashion rail 16. Nobody seems to ... more
    • Re: ladder and dowel — Joe , Fri Jul 13 14:55
      • rail 16Richard Sloan, Fri Jul 13 16:20
        oops! you are right about when "the twinkle" was born! I never came across the story about the wood having been tossed into the basement. That only makes a little bit of sense, not much. There would... more
        • Re: rail 16Joe, Fri Jul 13 18:50
          When you look at how the original piece of wood that became Rail 16, was cut, I believe only a very sloppy carpenter would have left such a long and angular overhang beyond the wooden joist beneath.... more
          • LadderJack, Mon Jul 16 02:57
            Of course we've all looked at this a lot over the years and it seems to me that bringing all three sections to the crime scene is just another nail in Hauptmann's coffin. Of which there are several... more
            • Re: LadderJoe, Mon Jul 16 11:53
              Koehler and Keith had a field day with the ladder pinning it back on Hauptmann, and their work represented a new high water mark in materials forensics. Hauptmann couldn't have seen it all coming,... more
              • ExcellentSam, Mon Jul 16 13:03
                This is an excellent, informative, mainly non-argumentative thread. A big thanks to all participants, and I hope the board sees more of this kind of discourse. I learned - or had forgotten - that... more
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