Joe for Michel 5260
Re: Deciphering the Mersman Table
Wed Apr 10, 2019 08:08
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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 later as a show of support for Hauptmann and someone releasing the burden of a weighted mind, then letting loose in poetic German prose. You know I'm trying to keep a straight face with that last point..

Here's a little thought exercise that can be asked of anyone who believes the Mersman table brace might have have served as a physical template for the ransom notes.

First of all, ask them to demonstrate against a thin stack of writing paper how the table brace lines up so that a reproducibly-accurate placement of holes from one stack to another is achieved. When you put the paper on top of the table brace you can't see the template holes or accurately line them up to where they appeared in the ransom notes. Put the paper under the the template and you can't see the area of the paper where you want the holes to accurately end up. With all respect to Michael M, you don't need to travel to the NJSP Archives, to do this exercise.

This is not nuclear physics. All that's needed to ensure a dead-eye accurate placement of the ransom note holes is something like a small piece of cardboard, with three pre-punched holes in it, lined up against the bottom right corner of a thin stack of writing paper. And that template would have gone in the garbage after the ransom payment.

Hauptmann was very mechanically-inclined. He would have found the efficient way of doing this.. not something akin to using a cement patio stone as a frisbee.

  • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableMichael 5260 for Joe, Tue Apr 9 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... more
    • Re: Deciphering the Mersman Table — Joe for Michel 5260, Wed Apr 10 08:08
      • 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.
                    • Falzini's blogRichard E Sloan, Mon Apr 15 10:25
                      Mark's blog, "Archival Ramblings," for Sept.9, 2008, has the best description of the ransom notes. Pages 4, 5,6,7, and 8 deal specifically with the holes.
                • 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
                    • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableJoe for Michael, Sun Apr 14 16:19
                      I understand and respect your opinions Michael, but I would heartily question your claim that you "don't know anyone that has ever seen it demonstrated who said it could NOT be the template." No one... more
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