Hauptmann The Man
Sun Dec 16, 2018 13:22

Bruno Richard Hauptmann was indeed his own worst enemy. His presentation, the things he said about himself, made him look and sound bad. That he stuck to his "Fisch" story to the end, refused to compromise, to embellish it (as it were), to give names, any evidence that might back up his story, while it might have seemed in Hauptmann's mind as a sign of an unwavering integrity on his part, in the end is what killed him. It's as simple and tragic as that. Even if much of what Hauptmann said was true, he clearly held back. He may well have not have abducted, let alone killed the Lindbergh baby, yet I don't see how the man's testimony can be true, or mostly true as he stated his case in court. A good title for a biography of Hauptmann would likely be something along the lines of The Man Who Knew Too Much (And Said Too Little).


  • Hauptmann's storyMichael 5260, Sun Dec 16 11:39
    It is usually lost on a defendant how important it is to tell their defense attorney or attorneys the truth, warts and all. Without the complete truth the attorney is at a complete disadvantage as to ... more
    • Hauptmann The Man — jdb, Sun Dec 16 13:22
    • Re: Hauptmann's storyMjr, Sun Dec 16 13:11
      Good analysis Michael. Tell me, if in fact Hauptmann was innocent of the crime, just how was his attorney to represent him - incriminating evidence and all? Any defense other that "I did not do it."... more
      • Re: Hauptmann's storyMichael 5260 for Mjr, Tue Dec 18 12:33
        Whether the defendant is guilty or innocent of the crime the attorney will approach the problem in a similar manner. They will attempt to impeach all the testimony from lay or expert witnesses that... more
        • Hauptmann The Obstinatejdb, Fri Jan 25 01:59
          There's been so much speculation regarding Hauptmann's mental state, his legal predicament, and the nature of his involvement in the LKC that I can only guess that his head must have been spinning... more
          • hauptmann the elusivebob mills for jdb and forum, Sat Jan 26 10:44
            Thanks, John. From what I know of Hauptmann's background, he was profoundly affected by the World War and its aftermath. If he had a personality disorder of some kind, it wouldn't excuse a crime but... more
            • Detective Workjdb, Sun Jan 27 02:36
              Great detective work, Bob (and thank you also). It does seem that placing the LKC firmly in an historical context is the way to go with the case. Indeed, the World War figures in it; and Hauptmann's... more
        • Re: Hauptmann's storyAnonymous, Fri Dec 21 10:34
          Michael Attorneys will do and say anything to win? Today there really are limits on what an attorney who has and sense of ethics will do. I suspect the same was true than as well. Even if he does not ... more
          • Re: Hauptmann's storyMichael 5260 for Mjr, Sun Dec 23 08:44
            It is hoped that all attorneys have a sense of ethics. Unfortunately there are some that do not. Speaking of perjury. It does take place. People will lie under oath on the witness stand, in... more
            • lying for the statebob mills for michael 5260 and forum, Mon Dec 24 07:03
              It strikes me that lying is a means to an end at high levels of government. Witness Michael Flynn's lies. He's a three-star general who evidently saw a higher purpose than answering questions from... more
          • hauptmann's dilemmabob mills for forum, Fri Dec 21 18:24
            If not "nothing to confess," maybe "confession to being part of a mob-organized gang?" If Hauptmann had been part of a gang hired by associates of Al Capone (otherwise, how could Capone have ever... more
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