Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: A Profile of Richard Hauptmann
Fri Feb 15, 2019 09:11
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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 applied to Hauptmann the more he would dig in and resist. The police did not listen to Schenfeld's advice and that is what exactly happened.


Hauptmann was curious about what kind of deal he could get if he cooperated with the authorities. A BI agent told him that only Col. Schwarzkopf had the authorization to cut a deal because he was in charge of the investigation. Hauptmann didn't trust Schwarzkopf so he clammed up.


I think that if a tactful approach had been taken during Hauptmann's interview he might have opened up. This would have required a heavy stroking of his ego and complimenting him on his handiwork. This gentle interrogation approach might have opened the confessional flood gates. An interrogator would have to convey how in awe they all were about the kidnapping and how extremely intelligent the kidnapper had to be in order to avoid being captured for so long. These creatures do have pride in their work and they also think they are smarter than the police or anyone else.

  • A Profile of Richard HauptmannJoe, Thu Feb 14 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... more
    • Re: A Profile of Richard Hauptmann — Michael 5260 for Joe, Fri Feb 15 09:11
      • 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
                    • wilentzRichard Sloan, Tue Mar 19 15:49
                      This back n forth about WIlentz, Germans, Jews, etc; is interesting, but it doesnt really matter. The wood evidence was sufficient to convict. Rail 16 put him at the scene of the crime, not WHited,... more
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