Let's Make A Deal
Sun Feb 24, 2019 04:05


This thought just occurred to me, and while I may seem to be going off on a tangent I urge you to bear with me: Hauptmann had, I believe,--to buy the "Mob hypothesis" as a potential factor in Hauptmann's refusal to cooperate with any facet of the investigation into the LKC--let us say that someone, say, a clergyman, a person close to Hauptmann, ideally but not necessarily a German speaker, could have sat down with the man and made a "moral treaty" so as to help with the eventual capture of the real perps in the case.

Only a handful of people would know of this treaty, which would have no legal basis (a likely oxymoron there, but WTF) but would assure that justice would be done. First, whatever Hauptmann would tell them of his involvement in the case would be, forever and a day, a secret. Secondly, this would have to include his wife Anna. The bad news would be (of necessity) that Hauptmann must die in the electric chair. He had already expected as much. However, there's an upside: Hauptmann would tell someone,--and this could be arranged-- the precise nature of his involvement in the case.

No legal action would be taken until Hauptmann's death; and this would happen slowly. Secrecy would be of the utmost importance. Bit by bit the authorities,--let's call them the FBI, though it could be something else--would work undercover to find evidence against the perps and their confederates. This would be time consuming, and due to the clandestine nature of the operation, extreme caution would have to be exercised every arduous step of the way. If, as you say, the source of all Evil is the Mob and Capone, well, the Feds may have to satisfy themselves with punishing those closest to the LKC without actually bringing them to justice "the old-fashioned way".

This is a fanciful scenario, I admit, and yet it could have worked. Justice would be done, but not in the usual sense; nor, likely, using force of the sort one used to see on TV shows like The Untouchables. It's that kind of work, just more quiet; and no one under suspicion can know that these "invisible Untouchables" even exist. They're not being hounded. So far as the real criminals are concerned Hauptmann said not a word about anything LKC related prior to his execution. He has been vilified in the mass media, so in a way "nothing's changed". So far as America is concerned, the Lindbergh kidnapper had been tried and executed for his crime. Justice shall be served, but it's going to take a long time.

The odds are, I think you'd agree, pretty good that professional, which is to say known criminals were involved in the LKC. The Feds can bring them down, one at a time, as it were, without, as the saying goes, "spilling the beans". No one can suspect that there even is such an investigation. Here and there, grumblings, bouts of anxiety and paranoia among Mob insiders, but nothing concrete to suggest that any of the bad luck so many criminal operatives are experiencing has any connection to the LKC. It might even have been a good idea to pursue the perps for criminal activities of another kind, or else they, or many of them, are engaged in, thus taking Hauptmann and the relatively small potatoes 50K out of the equation.

What might bring down many of the perps (I'm using the word broadly for "anyone involved in any aspect of the LKC, including no more than driving a car or making a money drop") might well have been some law of unintended consequences, such as bootlegging, drug trafficking or, more likely, money laundering related to these activities, which would make drawing the lines between the points bewilderingly complicated for even the brainiest Mob guy.

This is a big ticket operation, and would probably cost more federal money than many would think wise to spend on something as minor, in the big scheme of things, as the LKC; and this does sound rather grand. Yet in a way it's rightly so, and for the reason that so many major criminals would be under investigation as to make the LKC a (virtual) tipping point for a massive federal investigation into organized (and some not so organized) crime syndicates. A necessary tipping point; and one easy to move the Lindbergh case from, as it would be more "catalyst" than "cause". I think that I'm suggesting would have been a very good idea at the time, however getting J. Edgar and his minions to take on organized crime, or even admit that it exists, would make this extremely difficult.

Anyhow, there it is. Maybe another organization could do it. Loosely outlined, with loose ends abounding, such a plan could be put together more concretely and specifically; however without Hauptmann's cooperation, and the absolute ignorance among major criminal groups that anything is "amiss" (as it were), it's a non-starter. Someone would have had to know how to loosen Hauptmann's tongue, and with it, his brain, so as to make him think act behave differently than had been his custom.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Or maybe what I'm suggesting is too far fetched for the "mere" capture of those responsible for the death of the Lindbergh baby. Yet such an undertaking could reap huge benefits...


  • my takebob mills for jdb and forum, Sat Feb 9 10:46
    The question, "Why did Hauptmann accept death in the electric chair, when he could have escaped it by naming names?" will never be answered conclusively. Here's my take, for the benefit of newcomers... more
    • Let's Make A Deal — jdb, Sun Feb 24 04:05
      • Re: Let's Make A DealAnonymous, Sun Feb 24 18:55
        Wow. Let me make a wild guess John. You earn a living as a script writer for fictional TV shows.
        • LOL!jdb, Mon Feb 25 01:49
          You flatter me, Anonymous.
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