Re: rail 16
Fri Jul 13, 2018 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. I can believe that was the work of an electrician not being particlular, although I guess we'll never know now. Thinking out loud here, it might be interesting to look at those original square nail holes to see how the board that originally was Rail 16, might have been removed. Was it pulled up in the same manner that Bornmann manhandled and lifted piece S-226? If those square nails in Rail 16 were fully driven, it's unlikely they could have been extracted first. Perhaps there is a carpenter's technique to do this we haven't yet explored that might tell the tale.

  • 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 16 — Joe, Fri Jul 13 18:50
      • 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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