Joe for Michael 5260
Re: Boad Nelly note spelling
Fri Jan 11, 2019 08:05
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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 seems to evolve and devolve without reason, on a whim at times, with the only true underpinning being his obvious use of a German-English dictionary to correctly spell words that were basically beyond his desire to make himself look foolish by even attempting them without one.

Your observation about the note having been written ahead of time by Hauptmann, ie. correct spelling of "Horseneck Beach," "Gay Head" and "Elizabeth Island," is a very sound one.

On the other hand, we know that Condon claimed CJ needed thirteen minutes to go away and get the note. So if CJ had had the prepared note on his person when he first met Condon at St. Raymond's, why would CJ claim he needed time to get the note? Why not just offer it to Condon right then and there, which would have made his intentions regarding the return of CALjr much more believable at the same time?

There is another possibility. It should be remembered that St. Raymond's Cemetery was close to Hans Muller's (Anna's niece's husband) residence. Muller, due to his previous nautical-based work, would have been all too familiar with the locations specified in the Boad Nelly note, and it would seem most likely, the correct spelling.

This could explain why both Dudley Schoenfeld and Leigh Matteson believed that "Gay Head" was intended to have been written as "Gun Hill." Looking at the Boad Nelly note in general, it appears to have been written in a very deliberate but nevertheless, a somewhat more laboured hand than in the previous notes.

Could Hans Muller have been dictating the content of this note to Hauptmann at Muller's house?

  • Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260, Thu Jan 10 12:33
    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... more
    • Re: Boad Nelly note spelling — Joe for Michael 5260, Fri Jan 11 08:05
      • 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?
                  • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingMichael 5260 for Joe, Wed Jan 16 09:19
                    Yes. By using the same method of comparison used to analyze the Nursery note and the March 4 ransom note.
                    • Re: Boad Nelly note spellingJoe for Michael 5260, Wed Jan 16 11:43
                      Do you know if the Boad Nelly note was written on the same writing paper (carried by F.W. Woolworth's) as the rest of the notes? When all is said and done, it seems feasible that Hauptmann could have ... more
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