Re: Nelly
Fri Feb 8, 2019 08:39

You're referring to Nell Donnelly, who founded the Donnelly Garment Company with her husband Paul, and had been kidnapped in 1931. As far as I know, Nell was never known as Nelly, has no obvious connection with a boat having lived in Kansas, and I have a bit of difficulty trying to understand why the kidnapper would want to suggest even a veiled reference to another kidnapping within his note on where to find the baby.. my thoughts anyway.

  • NellyAnonymous, Thu Feb 7 17:00
    Not the traveler Nelly Bly. There was a (then) famous kidnapping involving "Nelly" BRH's wife wore her dresses.
    • Re: Nelly — Joe , Fri Feb 8 08:39
      • Re: NellyAnonymous, Fri Feb 8 11:17
        That kidnaping case (Nellydon) was widely covered in the newspapers at the time, and was certainly part of the "world affair" that the kidnaper was making reference to. We must avoid being too... more
        • Re: NellyJoe, Fri Feb 8 11:53
          Certainly we need to maintain an open mind and that applies not only to this scenario. I'd venture the jigsaw puzzle that makes up this case is 80% complete with BRH quite central, but not all of the ... more
          • Re: NellyAnonymous, Mon Feb 11 10:06
            Was Nellie Bly kidnapped? ;-)
            • Re: NellyJoe, Wed Feb 13 14:30
              No, but I'd venture she has more of a potential personal association with Richard Hauptmann for the reasons I mentioned, than a dress designer in Kansas City, that seething hotbed of nautical... more
              • inspiration?Anonymous, Mon Feb 18 09:41
                Sad to say, Nellie Bly died in 1922, ten years before the Lindbergh kidnapping. Why would BRH want to think about her (Bly), consciously or otherwise? But the ower of the famous "NellyDon" dress... more
                • Re: inspiration?Joe, Sun Mar 3 13:26
                  Hauptmann could well have been thinking of Nellie Bly based on the fact that Bly left and returned to the same Hoboken Pier that he arrived at in 1923. Nellie Bly, written by Stephen Foster is a song ... more
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