Joe for Michael 5260
Re: A Profile of Richard Hauptmann
Sat Feb 23, 2019 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 only seeming intent to see if Hauptmann tripped himself up by giving a different answer to the same question five pages later. There's almost nothing there to appeal to his emotions other than castigating him for putting his wife and child through hell.

This is a guy that had become so hardened from his wartime and early adult years, that he would think absolutely nothing of living in the coal bin of a ship for a week and a half or clinging to a Hoboken pier in cold water for ten hours to escape deportment. He embodies the very nature of risk and willingness to accept the kind of potentially-lethal danger it took for someone to even consider getting involved in this kidnapping.

If investigators had clearly understood the much softer and gentler side to the man from his childhood experiences, his true love for his mother, homeland and the natural surroundings of places he had visited, they could have taken a much different line, in accordance with the leanings of someone like a Dudley Schoenfeld, who did know what he was talking about.

  • 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 Hauptmann — Joe for Michael 5260, Sat Feb 23 09:37
      • 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
                    • Re: wilentzAnonymous, Wed Mar 20 14:05
                      With all due respect, I think that Wilentz knew that the existence of Rail 16 did not (beyond all resonable doubt) put Hauptmann at the scene of the crime. It certainly proved beyond all reasonable... more
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