Hauptmann The Obstinate
Fri Jan 25, 2019 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 once he was arrested and put on trial.

We've had a lot of loose working hypotheses on this forum; and there's been a ton of it elsewhere, as most of us know. Since I began studying the case seriously, a fair number of years ago, I've pulled back, especially after I discovered this forum, had a grand time discussing this case backwards and forwards, or so it seemed at the time; and still no conclusion on MY part.

Surely, who Bruno Richard Hauptmann was as a private person holds the key to open the door to a final solution (if you'll pardon the turn of phrase) of the Lindbergh kidnapping case. I'm not saying it's All About Hauptmann, but what we know of the case IS Hauptmann focused, thus as he was the man convicted and executed for the crime, and as we know he had some involvement in the LKC, questions arise, indeed abound, as to how much; and this is where Hauptmann's obstinacy truly robbed us of the truth.

This is an odd place to be in right now, as I and many others here believe Hauptmann to be innocent of the kidnapping and death (by whatever means) of CAL, Jr.; and yet the best material we have to work with is, alas, the man whom so many of us believe to be innocent of the charges leveled against him. Yet I believe that if we can solve the riddle that is Hauptmann this shall unlock the door to the closure of the LKC.

What makes Hauptmann so elusive an individual is that he simply was that way. The why part is likely beyond our understanding. If the way Hauptmann was (and it seems to me he was very like Lindbergh in this) it's because Hauptmann was a man with what's usually described as a compartmentalized personality. He kept secrets; and he hid much of himself, especially his emotions, in check, thus there are few clues to how he really felt about anything. This was deliberate and calculated on Hauptmann's part (as it was for Lindbergh), not due to sociopathic tendencies but rather a need to be free (so to speak) from the gaze of others.

There's no need to get all psychoanalytic here, and I'd like to cut to the chase regarding Hauptmann and his "type": shy in some ways, mostly socially, bold in others,--actions in particular; with a keen desire to be seen by others precisely as he pleases, with a loathing-aversion-horror-fear of being caught "off guard". Internally, it seems that Hauptmann was consistent, and that he knew himself well even if nobody else did. It was not his style to be what we'd today call open, as in without guile. There was a "trickiness" to him, and I think it cut to his core. Yet I don't see this as a "character disorder"; closer to a "coping mechanism".

I'm winding down now, given the lateness of the hour. My goal is to pursue Hauptmann, in all his (not so splendid) isolation, as a human being; and in all aspects of his being. Where I (I hope) I'm going with this is to an understanding of Hauptmann, as distinct from knowing him, in a clinical sense, so as to get closer to his private self. With greater understanding, Hauptmann will come to seem more like one of "us", less like a riddle.


  • 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 Obstinate — jdb, Fri Jan 25 01:59
      • 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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