Re: question for everyone
Fri Oct 26, 2018 20:32

There's very little that's complicated here. Like it or not, Hauptmann was charged, tried and convicted under the felony murder doctrine of the time, which essentially prescribed death for anyone intimately involved. And let's face it, the circumstantial physical evidence says he was intimately involved. I believe it's likely he would have confessed in his time, if a more inclusive and pointed psychological approach had been taken. He was able to to stonewall ham-fisted investigators though because they they were not able to work around his defenses, which went much deeper than his own self-preservation. Why? In large part, because his investigators were just as self-centred and ego-driven as he was, if not more. Hauptmann also knew he would have to give up others who were involved peripherally, or at least knew about his activities before or after the fact. He knew no one would be coming to him with threats towards the safety of his loved ones from an avenue of orgnanized crime, because this was a crime that emanated outwards from the same guy. At the same time, I'm sure he would have been concerned about the public at large having resentment towards the family of a confessed murderer and taking matters into their own hands. In the end, he knew he had very little to gain by confessing, knowing full well his life was basically over anyway.

  • question for everyonebob mills for forum, Mon Oct 22 17:58
    Since we've hit a (hopefully temporary) lull in the colloquy, I'd like to pose a question for the masses. "If Hauptmann had been part of a conspiracy to kidnap the Eaglet, but was not alone in the... more
    • Re: question for everyoneMjr, Sat Dec 15 08:51
      I have been gone from this board for a verrrry long time. So long that most of you will not know me and those I recognize - Ronelle and Steve for example - probably do not remember me. One reason for ... more
    • Re: question for everyoneRalph Jones, Sat Dec 1 02:20
      No, that's the only thing anyone here gets correct. The death penalty is an abhorrent and ineffective and unfair method of punishment to use on anyone. Hauptmann was guilty. Anyone with half an ounce ... more
    • Absolutely Notjohn, Sat Nov 17 05:19
      My answer: absolutely not, Bob. Hauptmann should not have been executed. I gather you're asking your question this way so as to encourage some mixed feelings to enter into the discussion, allow for... more
    • noronelle to bob mills, Wed Oct 31 22:05
      There should NOT be a death penalty in any case. Every one of us is endangered by that law as long as it exists. Any one can be mistakenly identified or framed for a crime never committed. You and... more
      • Re: noMichael 5260 for Ronelle, Sun Nov 4 08:45
        Hi Ronelle. What are your thoughts about the handwriting.
      • Tennessee WilliamsSue for Ronelle and Bob Mills, Sat Nov 3 12:31
        I look forward to both your books coming out. Hauptmann's execution meant there would be no more possible answers from him about the Lindbergh case. Tennessee Williams -- of "A Streetcar Named... more
        • Re: Tennessee Williamssteve for sue, Tue Nov 6 09:38
          great find sue
        • cat on a hot electric chair?bob mills for sue, Sun Nov 4 04:41
          Thanks, Sue. Great work. Didn't know about Tennessee Wiliiams vis a vis Hauptmann, but it seems to fit with Williams' dark personality. My new book isn't about the LKC. It's a critique of the... more
          • The Glass Menagerie and MoreSue for Bob, Sat Nov 10 11:15
            Best of success with your new book about the two-party system! Semi-autobiographical and dark, "The Glass Menagerie" was required reading in high schools in the 1970s. I wonder if Williams had more... more
      • death penaltybob mills for ronelle, Thu Nov 1 08:46
        Ronelle, I hope nothing I posted suggests that I favor the death penalty. I do not. It doesn't deter crime, is applied inconsistently, and occasionally an innocent person has been executed. In... more
    • Re: question for everyone — Joe, Fri Oct 26 20:32
    • Re: question for everyonesteve for bob, Tue Oct 23 10:01
      in our time no but in the 20s and 30s that's what they did. plus he didn't want to confess even with loads of evidence against him they would have spared him his life
      • hauptmann's choice (not to be confused with sophie's)bob mills for steve romeo and forum, Wed Oct 24 12:09
        I haven't looked at a source recently, Steve, but as I recall Hauptmann would have been sentenced to life only if he confessed AND named everyone in the conspiracy with him. I've long believed that... more
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