Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: Deciphering the Mersman Table
Tue Apr 9, 2019 15:31

Good observations Joe.

This brings us to the time of writing. The theory is that this particular Mersman table, to the exclusion of all other Mersman tables, is the one used as a device to punch the holes in the ransom notes prior to the kidnapping on March 1, 1932.

It is impossible for the confession to have been written prior to or at the time of the kidnapping. Hauptmann was not arrested until September 1934 so the confession must have been written after his arrest. A writer could not write a confession absolving Hauptmann of a kidnapping when Hauptmann was not on the authorities radar screen concerning the kidnapping until September 1934. Hauptmann has to first be arrested, then a person can write a confession about him and the kidnapping.

I just don't think an individual would have taken this table apart, used it to punch holes in the ransom notes, write the confession, and then reassemble the table. This is quite a bit of work in order to punch holes in paper.

Elmer bought the table "as new" from the furniture store in 1940 according to the sales record at the store. There isn't any reason at all to think the sales record was falsified or that the manager was lying about the table in 1948.

As far as we know Elmer is the only person that took this new table apart eight years after it was sold to him. The police should have put some heat on him and his German translator friend when this table was first brought forward. It is probable that the German translator friend was the writer of the confession and he was in cahoots with Elmer creating the fabrication. A couple of fellows having some fun and reading about their discovery in the newspaper.

When you remove the existing holes on the table and all you have is the written confession, which doesn't amount to very much. When you remove the written confession on the table and all you have are the existing holes it also doesn't amount to very much. Ah, but put the holes and the written confession together and now there is something to think about.

You know genuine or valid confessions are not written in such obscure places that there is a strong possibility the confession would never be found. The confessor wants to be sure the confession will be found and read. This Mersman table could have burned up in a house fire or have been thrown out as garbage resulting in the confession never being seen.

For what it's worth I have tables that are over forty years old and I've never had to repair any of them. As a matter of fact, I've never looked underneath any of them. Could there be something exciting underneath one of them that I don't know about?

  • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableJoe for Michael 5260, Tue Apr 9 13:33
    Michael, I think it's a safe assumption the "confession" was written on the topside of the table brace before the table top, with it's receiving strips of wood, was attached to it. Here are some... more
    • Re: Deciphering the Mersman Table — Michael 5260 for Joe, Tue Apr 9 15:31
      • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableJoe for Michel 5260, Wed Apr 10 08:08
        Good points and very true Michael, the "confession" would have had to have been written after Hauptmann's arrest. Of course this doesn't preclude the possibility that the writing was added years... more
        • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableMichael 5260 for Joe, Wed Apr 10 10:52
          We have to imagine Hauptmann or an accomplice being in a room in 1932 and looking across the room and seeing this Mersman table. Automatically it is known that there are useable holes in the bottom... more
          • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableAnonymous, Wed Apr 10 14:03
            Michael 5260 and Joe have pretty much established how ridiculous this theory on the Mersman table brace confession and hole template is. I would only add (and if this has been previously stated I... more
            • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableMichael, Wed Apr 10 14:53
              Joe - My point was a visit to the Museum was necessary before this show. Without seeing the holes lining up its not as impactful and one has to rely on others for their description of what they saw.... more
              • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableJoe for Michael, Thu Apr 11 13:26
                Michael, I understand that the holes actually line up although I'd expect there to be a bit of an accuracy factor here, considering the holes in the table brace are larger than those in the ransom... more
                • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableMichael For Joe, Fri Apr 12 10:12
                  I'd say you would have needed to see it Joe but now that the show has aired its less of a necessity. Yes the holes in the table are "bigger." I've seen the demonstration twice and the holes in the... more
                  • dem holesRichard E Sloan, Mon Apr 15 10:01
                    At first I was thinking that it doesn't matter that the table holes are bigger than those in the ransom notes. It was just a template. Cut nails, which I think we all tend to agree were used to punch ... more
                    • one mo thing about dem holesRichard E Sloan, Mon Apr 15 10:03
                      Anther method, using a simpler template than the table, would be to simply make a dot with a sharp pencil where "dead center" was, and then insert the nail as I described.
                  • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableJoe for Michael, Sun Apr 14 11:10
                    Michael, I do understand the physics, optics and the alignment entirely and have from the beginning. But again, this is not something I would travel 500 miles for, so it will have to wait until I'm... more
                    • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableMichael For Joe, Sun Apr 14 11:43
                      I understand about the distance Joe. I am not criticizing anyone for not being able to see it I am just saying that it should probably be done before completely writing it off. But if you saw the... more
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