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Michael 5260
Boad Nelly note spelling
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:33
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Hauptmann claimed that the police told him how to spell words. The three papugas(Scaduto, Kennedy, and Jones) ballyhoo the same accusation.

Looking at the last line of the Boad Nelly ransom note we see, "Horseneck Beach and gay Head near Elizabeth Island."

All the words are spelled correctly. No guesswork. No misinterpretation.

We go to Hauptmann's request writings of the Boad Nelly ransom note. We find:

S-78 "Hors neck beach and Gahatt near Elisabeth Island"

S-79 "Horsneck baech and Gahatt near Leisabeth Island"

S-97 "Horse neck beach and Gehatt near Elizabeth Island"

S-98 "Horse nek beach and Geehatt near Elizabeth Island"

We can see that Hauptmann has problems writing and spelling "Horseneck" and "gay Head" correctly. No guesswork. No misinterpretation.

All the words in the sentence were spelled correctly in the original Boad Nelly ransom note. It is illogical to think the police told Hauptmann to spell "Horseneck" and "gay Head" incorrectly in order to railroad him with the handwriting. No advantage is gained by telling Hauptmann how to spell the two words incorrectly since they were spelled correctly in the ransom note.

Hauptmann could not have been copying directly from the Boad Nelly ransom note. If he had been doing so the sentence would be a replication of the spelling in the ransom note. How could it not be if Hauptmann was copying from it. No guess work. No misinterpretation.

Based on these misspellings it is evidence that Hauptmann did not write the Boad Nelly ransom note in St. Raymond's cemetery. He may have had a fountain pen in his shirt or vest pocket but he would have needed a Massachusetts map with him in order to spell "Horseneck" and "gay Head" correctly. The ransom note was written in advance of the meeting with Dr. Condon at the cemetery. Hauptmann was referring to a map when he wrote the note. He wasn't scribbling it while he was in St. Raymomd's cemetery, which is why the writing is not distorted.

We also find the word "boat" spelled as "boad" four times in the Boad Nelly note. A truly distinctive misspelling.

Back to Hauptmann's handwriting specimens we find:

S-78 "bout, bout, bout, bout"

S-79 "bout, bout, bout, bout"

S-97 "boat, bout, Bout, bout"

S-98 "boat, bout, bout, bout

The word "boat" spelled as "boad" is a very glaring and obvious misspelling in the ransom note and you can't miss it. The word isn't English or German and it's highly peculiar. A police officer could not fail to notice the odd spelling and would not fail to have Hauptmann write it, if they were trying to fabricate handwriting evidence.

Hauptmann spelled "boat" correctly twice and fourteen times incorrectly as "bout". This is not evidence of the police telling Hauptmann how to spell words. If they had been we could have expected to see "boat" spelled as "boad" all sixteen times in his request writings. Let's face it, if you want to railroad someone you don't beat around the bush about it.

This is a good example of why it can be important to have some specimens of a suspect's handwriting as close as possible in time to the questioned writing. We find "boat" spelled as "boad" in Hauptmann's small notebook as a notation for a boat ride in California. This was in 1931 and it is closer in date to the 1932 Lindbergh ransom notes. When Hauptmann wrote the request writings it was two and a half years after the kidnapping.

    • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Fri Jan 11 08:05
      Great logical post here Michael, and it's been quite evident to me over the years that Hauptmann's choice of letters used to construct a word, was clearly what I'd term "random happenstance." It... more
      • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Jan 11 14:35
        Hauptmann's handwriting is a combination of English and German handwriting styles. You can think of it as a hybrid form of cursive writing. When a person learns to read and write in a foreign... more
        • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Sat Jan 12 13:14
          Michael, certainly CJ would not have handed over any note until the ransom money was turned over. That's a given. Remember though that CJ's ransom note number eight, (number nine if you include the... more
          • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jan 13 11:01
            Good observation about the ransom note with, "After 8 houers you gete the Adr; Hauptmann first mentions the same thing in the third ransom note "But befor telling you the Adr. a delay of 8 houers... more
            • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jan 13 12:43
              Michael, plans change when their weaknesses are realized, and within the planner's buildup to the ransom exchange, this is what appears to have happened. CJ was a very shrewd negotiator. Ransom note... more
              • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jan 13 22:07
                Joe, in the fifth ransom note, reverse side, we have the first mention of the 8 hour waiting period, "after 8 houers we have the money received we will notify you where to find the baby." This was... more
                • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Tue Jan 15 18:52
                  Michael, would it be possible to determine if the Boad Nelly note was written on the same type of paper as the rest of the ransom notes?
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