A Profile of Richard Hauptmann
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:55

Here is a copy and paste of an excerpt from a recent post by John (jdb) which appears on Feb. 8 under the thread of "No Salvation With a Typewriter." It's an excellent lead-in to a more thorough discussion about who Richard Hauptmann really was.

John's Post

I suppose there's a middle ground alternative scenario that could have made Hauptmann's capture inevitable. This would take a delving into psychoanalytic theory, which ain't what it used to be.

In other words: Hauptmann was guilty, and having been raised to be a good Christian, and being married to one, had an unconscious desire to pay for his crime of kidnapping and murdering the Lindbergh baby. Therefore allowing for his kidnap notes to have been typed does not obviate the perp's need to pay for his sins.

If it wasn't the gas station attendant it would have been someone else he'd have clued in on his possession of gold certificates. Sooner or later word would get around that this "Dutchman" had some gold bills hoarded away somewhere, the police would catch wind of this, and eventually Hauptmann would be sought out, identified and arrested, as happened under different conditions.

The theory, such as it can be called, would have to be something along the lines that Hauptmann was a man of some decency who had developed criminal tendencies in his youth, likely in the world war, and that his Superego would punish his Id if his criminal side reasserted itself, thus he was a man who could never have got away with a crime of such magnitude, and he'd have dropped clues and hints (behaviorally as much as verbally) of various kinds to look suspicious, thus making his Discovery inevitable.

To sum it up: Hauptmann himself would not permit Hauptmann to get away with his dreadful crime, thus he'd essentially bring his punishment upon himself, with his Ego, while wounded, remaining intact, thus his refusal to cooperate with any facet of the investigation,--this is the Gospel According To Wilentz--and Hauptmann, now a public figure, would keep his terrible secret to himself to his dying day.

The aforementioned musings are essentially thought experiments, and as such they grant Hauptmann a measure of control over his destiny: he'll die in the electric chair, but without revealing anything of the Truth. His private self is shamed by his deeds, yet he goes to his death as an enigmatic figure. Only Bruno Knows For Sure. This is how he wanted it. He covered everything else up.

    • Re: A Profile of Richard HauptmannMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Feb 15 09:11
      There were missed opportunities during the interrogation of Hauptmann. Dr. Dudley Shoenfeld warned that using brute force on Hauptmann to extract a confession would not work. The more physical force... more
      • Re: A Profile of Richard HauptmannJoe for Michael 5260, Sat Feb 23 09:37
        Clearly investigators were off on a totally wrong track. I look at the transcripts of his interrogation, and it's just page after page of random, mindless questioning by ham-fisted idiots, with the... more
        • schoenfeldbob mills for joe and forum, Sun Feb 24 09:56
          Joe, Schoenfeld might have been a smart guy. But he never met Hauptmann, let alone examined him, as you would expect any doctor to do before assuming a crucial role in a criminal case. I'd be very... more
          • Shoenfeld & His Professionalismjdb, Sat Mar 16 03:04
            Hi Bob, I agree with your assessment of Dr. Shoenfeld's lack of professionalism, and this makes me wonder if the high standards of the medical profession, its rules and regulations (as it were) were, ... more
            • schoenfeldbob mills for jdb and forum, Sun Mar 17 10:01
              Thanks for the support, John. i've always put Schoenfeld in the category of "just what the prosecution needed." For over two years cops in two states chased a gang, because it was obvious to everyone ... more
              • Jafsie's ID of BrunoRichard Sloan, Mon Mar 18 11:00
                Bob -- the gang was still on the loose when Jafsie finally ID'd him! The witnesses were not credible, and the handwriting experts were all over the place from the start. (Only Koehler's testimony was ... more
              • A Perfect Stormjdb, Sun Mar 17 12:43
                Yes, Bob. It was a perfect storm for law enforcement, and David Wilentz, and he made the best of it. The witnesses who "came forth" were a dubious bunch; but more dubious still, morally, was the... more
                • hauptmann, doomed from the startbob mills for jdb and forum, Sun Mar 17 18:17
                  A mistrial was impossible with Trenchard in charge. Remember his "charge" to the jury? "Do you believe that?" (regarding Hauptmann's alibi). Has any jurist, ever, been so ignorant of the effect of... more
                  • I Guess Sojdb, Mon Mar 18 01:18
                    I guess you're right about what you wrote, Bob, although I think that Wilentz's Jewishness was a liability, as Wilentz well knew, that he some managed to turn into if not an advantage a kind of David ... more
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