Richard Sloan
rail 16
Fri Jul 13, 2018 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 have not been any reason for the electrician or Mr. Rauch to put it in the basement. He should have put it back in place, or it should have been thrown out. (And what would Bruno have been doing in the basement? Did he and Annie ever store anything in it? Was anything of theirs ever found in the basement by detectives, (who surely would have searched it)? I wonder how big the basement was.

  • Re: ladder and dowelJoe , Fri Jul 13 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... more
    • rail 16 — Richard Sloan, Fri Jul 13 16:20
      • 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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