bob mills for forum
lindy and the public
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:01

Lindy's iconic status with the public exceeded anyone else's in public life at the time. What is often overlooked is that the LKC altered the public's (and the law's) view of kidnapping as a criminal act. The "Lindbergh Law" was passed in response. Before the Eaglet's abduction, kidnapping was a routine crime. In 1931 more than one a day occurred in the U.S., and that number only represents reported kidnappings. Most went unreported for the sake of the kidnapped child's safety.

At the heart of the Great Depression, being part of a kidnap gang was routine stuff. The public changed its tune toward kidnapping only because of the Eaglet. Other kidnapped children weren't as "worthy" of compassion.

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I think Reilly should have called Lindy on his change of tune regarding Hauptmann's voice. He could have done it respectfully without hurting Hauptmann's cause. Instead he brought in "witnesses" like Peter Sommer, a known witness for hire who told the truth only by accident. Sommer was such an obvious liar that it hurt Hauptmann's chances.

  • For Nat, Bob & Othersjdb, Sun Dec 16 13:10
    Whenever I've discussed the LKC with people, usually aging family members, who remembered Lindbergh's "heyday" as a national celebrity well, including his transatlantic flight, the kidnapping, his... more
    • lindy and the public — bob mills for forum, Mon Dec 17 11:01
      • Reilly's Choicejdb, Mon Dec 17 19:37
        Hi Bob, So true about Lindbergh's hero status. It's almost like he was the last star of the silent screen; and his stardom continued into the "talkie" era. On the other hand, and for the same reason, ... more
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