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Richard Sloan
Bx reunion day
Sat Sep 8, 2018 23:44

Our Bronx reunion was delightful. 11:20 a.m. to 3:45 pm. There were six of us. First stop: JFC's house. The exterior seems to be completely restored now. The wire fence in front has been replaced by a low brick one. There's a new heavy entry gate that would seem to open only with remote buttons. However, the new heavy duty garage gate, with the same type of button system, had been left unlocked by a workman whose car could be seen in the rear of the driveway. (He could be heard inside, using an electric saw.) This unlocked gate enabled us to get to the front door buzzer buttons. (There are three of them, two with different names, which could indicate at least two tenants on the three floors. No one responded. The house doesn't appear to be occupied yet. We could peek into the front window to see the famous front parlor where CAL, JFC, sat w/the ransom money, waiting for a signal as to where and when to deliver it. However, the room is now a little smaller, cut off by new wallboard from what had been the dining room behind it. The ornate fireplace has been hidden with wallboard boxed around it. The room now appears to be intended as some sort of utility room, with a refrigerator.
From there we went to Hauptmann's house. Every time I've seen it over the last three years it has gotten a little more rundown, with little evidence of being occupied. It now looks as tho it is now entirely deserted. The roof is deteriorating. An upstairs side window (once the Hauptmanns' bedroom) still has a broken pane of glass from a year ago, and the window shade behind it is now stained from rain. The lawn and bushes are now completely overgrown. What is to become of it??
Then it was on to lunch less than 15 mins.. away at a fine seafood restaurant at the southern end of City Island. (I think it's The Lobster Box.) En route we passed the little yogurt shop that was once Jafsie's "Unca Real estate" and antique shop. Before heading back to the Bronx mainland, we stopped for a moment at the bldg. on the island that had once been Dixon's boathouse. Either Condon or Hauptmann kept or rented boats there; I forget which. We made St. Raymond's Cemetery our final stop, where a few hypothetical theories were discussed, pertaining to what could have taken place during the 15 or so minutes between Condon's two meetings with Cemetery John. Also brought up --Could Lindbergh see what was going on across the street and behind him, (since his car was parked across the street, facing in the opposite direction?!) A good time was had by all.

  • Henry PaynterMichael 5260 for Michael, Fri Sep 7 11:46
    Is Henry Paynter a news reporter?
    • Bx reunion day — Richard Sloan, Sat Sep 8 23:44
      • Richard Sloan: B reunion daytanialee, Fri Sep 14 19:44
        So happy for those who were able to attend this reunion and Ty for sharing.
      • Re: Bx reunion dayrush.dena, Tue Sep 11 03:26
        I still want to go on the tour so badly one day!
        • For DenaRichard Sloan, Tue Sep 11 12:01
          I no longer conduct group tours of the Bx sites relating to the case I would give the tour by car for anybody willing to make it worth my while ($$) spending four hours showing them the sites. (They... more
          • LKC tourSam for Dena (and Richard), Wed Sep 12 17:47
            Dena, you may be interested in this video that shows one of Richard's tours from 2007:
            • Re: LKC tourMichael, Wed Sep 19 09:57
              Great video!
            • Sam's videoRichard Sloan, Wed Sep 12 18:34
              Would you believe that I never saw this?! The station or whathaveyou never gave me a copy. thanx, Sam!
      • So jealous! (nm)Sam for Richard, Sun Sep 9 12:32
    • reunion today!Richard Sloan, Sat Sep 8 08:50
      Despite some rain, Ronelle, Nancy, and John H. will get together today in the Bronx to visit a couple of LKC sites and enjoy a nice long lunch on City Island. It will be the first time any of us will ... more
    • Re: Henry PaynterMichael, Sat Sep 8 08:20
      Yes he was. I am guessing you haven't read my 2nd book yet.
      • Re: Henry PaynterMichael 5260, Sat Sep 8 09:12
        Is Paynter responsible for writing Dr. Condon's telephone number in Hauptmann's closet?
        • Re: Henry PaynterMichael, Sat Sep 8 11:15
          See The Dark Corners of the Lindbergh Kidnapping , Volume II, pages 501-561. All the information you seek is there. I cannot fully answer the question in a post.
          • Re: Henry PaynterMichael 5260, Sat Sep 8 13:23
            I did read it. I'm still confused.
            • Re: Henry PaynterMichael, Sat Sep 8 14:17
              I know many authors pick and choose what to add or omit in order to support whatever their personal beliefs might be. I do not believe in doing that and because I put (most) everything out there it... more
              • Re: Henry PaynterMichael 5260, Sun Sep 9 10:57
                The story about Tom Cassidy writing Dr. Condon's address and telephone number in Hauptmann's closet first emanates from Murray Bleefeld. Bleefeld tells the story to Anthony Scaduto, which includes... more
                • Re: Henry PaynterMichael, Sun Sep 9 21:00
                  There isn't much you can teach me about this Script. I've spent months searching for material at the NJSP Archives about this very subject which led to that chapter in my book. You have to remember... more
                  • Re: Henry PaynterMichael 5260, Mon Sep 10 10:19
                    Just to be sure we are both going in the same direction. It was Henry Paynter "not" Tom Cassidy that was responsible for writing Condon's telephone number in Hauptmann's closet?
                    • Re: Henry Payntersteve romeo, Tue Sep 11 10:32
                      I don't think either one wrote on that board
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