The September 28, 1934 Bronxville Press Article
Sat Feb 23, 2019 13:36

"Hauptmann Gave No Cause For Suspicion, Says Hotel Waiter"

Max Rausch, Hauptmann's Landlord, Employed Here, Says Lindbergh Kidnapping Suspect Must Have Changed Ransom Money Before Paying Him Rent.

Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who is being held [on] $100,000 bail in the Bronx in connection with the Lindbergh kidnaping case,"conducted himself like any other tenant and gave us no cause for suspecting him," Max Rausch, Gramatan Hotel bar room waiter, told a representative of The Bronxville Press Tuesday afternoon. Rausch owns the house at 1279 East 222nd Street, the Bronx, where Hauptmann rented an apartment and the garage where the ransom money was discovered by police.

According to Rausch, Hauptmann and his wife had been living at the 222nd Street house for about three years, coming there some time before the kidnaping took place.

"Several times," Rausch said,"my mother told me that Hauptmann was looking for rooms elsewhere, and it now occurs to me that he may have remained because he could not be sure of sufficient privacy elsewhere."

Paid Rent Promptly

Although at times unemployed, Hauptmann always paid his rent on time, Rausch said. Only once did he give Mrs. Rausch, Max's mother, a Lindbergh ransom bill in payment of the $50 rent. It happened that Mrs. Rausch wished to put aside some cash and place a ten-dollar bill that Hauptmann gave her in a hiding place, giving her son ten one-dollar bills in its place. This took place some months ago.

"All other payments were made with small bills," Max told the Press reporter. "He must have changed the ransom money before paying us. I always take the rent money to the bank for deposit and I am sure any ransom bills would have been traced at once. On some occasions, Hauptmann would pay us fifty single dollar bills."

Rausch, who declined to see reporters earlier in the week, talked freely about the Lindbergh case. He said the police authorities questioned him only for a short time and evidently were assured that he had no knowledge of Hauptmann's connection with the kidnaping.

Did Not See Fisch

He said that Isidor Fisch, who Hauptmann claims gave him $14,000 before his death in Germany, visited the Bronx apartment, when Mrs. Rausch was there, but the he (Max) had never seen him.

"I do not go home every day," he explained,"and I would not be there to notice the construction of any unusual hiding place in the garage. As a matter of fact, I wish I had been suspicious as I would have been glad to inform police of the presence of the money."

The waiter seemed to be more deeply concerned with the demolition of his garage and the damage done to his house by police hunting more clues or hiding places. He said he had not contacted authorities with regard to reimbursement for the damages, and did not know whether of not he would be able to collect.

Rausch said police asked Hauptmann a few questions in his presence and then "took him into another room and closed the door."

The Bronxville Press
Bronxville, Westchester County, N.Y.
Friday, September 28, 1934

  • The Bronxville Press/Bronxville Review Press has CONSISTENTLY spelled Max Rausch, owner of 1279 East 222nd Street in the Bronx, as R a u s c h. Rausch was a waiter at the Hotel Gramatan in... more
    • The Gramatan and Rausch garageRichard Sloan, Sun Feb 24 10:03
      I remember the Gramatan. I grew up in White Plains. It was located right along the east side of the Bronx River Parkway, and I passed it a number of times by car. Rausch's concerns about the police... more
      • gramatan hotelbob mills for forum, Mon Feb 25 10:05
        I lived around the corner from the Gramatan Hotel from 1963 to 1967, in our first apartment on Kensington Road in Bronxville. It was a grand old place, if no longer in heavy demand. I wonder how a... more
        • Re: gramatan hotelSue for Bob, Tue Feb 26 20:17
          Maybe Max Rausch earned good tips? Greta Garbo, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Gloria Swanson are the names of just a few of the personalities that Rausch may have met in the 1930s at the Gramatan.
      • garageAnonymous, Sun Feb 24 18:56
        Whose garage? The one that BRH built? As far as I know, Rausch never married.
        • rauch garageRichard Sloan, Tue Feb 26 08:50
          yes, anonymous, the cops rebuilt the garage that Bruno built. Almost identical. I wonder why they rebuilt it, if Bruno had built the orig. one (on Rauch propty). Did Rausch tell the cops that he paid ... more
          • Re: rauch garageAnonymous, Thu Feb 28 13:09
            But there is a problem since the original BRH garaga was NOT built on Rausch's property, but partly on NYC land. We still lack some details obviously. And IF the BRH garage WAS reconstructed... more
            • garageRichard Sloan, Fri Mar 1 09:38
              How did you learn, anon., that the garage was "partly" on NYC propty, not Rausch's. ? And why only "partly"? TODAY IS THE ANNIV. OF THE GREAT CRIME.
              • Re: garageAnonymous, Fri Mar 1 11:20
                So what happened to this supposed "reconstruction" of the BRH garage? Do you think the newspapers were mistaken on this claim? Why is there never an actual photo of the "re-build"? I doubt it ever... more
                • garageRichard Sloan, Fri Mar 1 17:21
                  for anonymous. I guess you didnt read my post of about a week ago. I wrote that the garage was rebuilt for Rausch and that I have an orig. wire service photo of it. So this will change your doubt... more
                  • Re: garageAnonymous, Sat Mar 2 09:44
                    but you didn't answer the question -- what happened to the "re-built" garage?
                    • garage fateRichard Sloan, Sat Mar 2 09:53
                      whatdya think happ'd to it? It was torn down some yrs. later when the houses there now were built.
      • Re: The Gramatan and Rausch garageSue for Richard, Sun Feb 24 16:17
        Thanks for sharing about the Gramatan, Richard! One Bronxville Press article says that Max Rausch was handed his subpoena to testify at the trial as he was waiting on his tables at the Gramatan! And... more
    • FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Max Rausch, the Hotel Gramatan waiter who was the owner of the house in which Bruno Richard Hauptmann lived, and of the garage in which thousands of dollars of the Lindbergh ransom... more
      • Sue, denied accesstanialee, Sun Feb 24 03:14
        Hmm...this was am intetesting tidbit to read. You always find great pieces concerning the case, more power to you.😁
        • The Bronxville Press NewspapersSue for tanialee, Sun Feb 24 15:33
          Hello, girlfriend! How are things with you, tanialee? The Bronxville Press may be a treasure chest of important information about the LKC! The Tuesday, September 25, 1934 issue of The Bronxville... more
    • The September 28, 1934 Bronxville Press Article — Sue, Sat Feb 23 13:36
      • 50 Year Ago Gramatan Waiter Testifies in Lindbergh Kidnap Trial Max Rausch, Hotel Gramatan waiter and landlord of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Lindbergh kidnap suspect, took the witness stand in the... more
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