Michael 5260 for Joe
Re: Deciphering the Mersman Table
Wed Apr 10, 2019 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 of the table that can be used to punch the holes in the blank ransom note papers.

Somehow, someway they just know the holes are there so the table is taken apart. The holes are made and the table is reassembled.

Or, just for the hell of it the table is taken apart and it is discovered that there are holes present that can be used as a template in order to make the horizontal holes in the eleven blank ransom note papers. The holes are made and the table is reassembled.

By the way, a person cannot write the confession on the table at this time. Hauptmann has not been arrested yet. As matter of fact the kidnapping itself has not taken place yet. It's 1932 and it is before March 1. There is no way to rationally think that Hauptmann wrote an exonerating confession about himself or an accomplice wrote an exonerating confession concerning Hauptmann. A person cannot write about an arrest and conviction that does not occur until 1934-1935 in 1932. We are not discussing the old what came first hypothesis, "the chicken or the egg", in the analysis of this Mersman table

We come back to citizen Elmer Bolliard. According to him he dismantled the Mersman table in 1948 so he could repair it and then made his wonderful discovery. Obviously, the table was completely assembled at this time.

Elmer immediately goes to his German translator freund and has the confession translated. The next stop is the Plainfield police station. After that the reporters seize upon the story and as Jackie Gleason used to say, "And away we go".

There are some questions the police should have asked Elmer Bolliard. Simple ones.

Were you alone when you made the confession discovery?

If someone was with you what is their name? We want to talk to them.

What was the repair on the table you were trying to make? Show us.

I'm always going to wonder if Elmer Bolliard really needed his German translator friend at all. A good investigator looks into these things. Why not. The year was 1948 so an investigator better have his s$$$ detector on full blast when something like this Mersman table makes such a phenomenal appearance.

I noticed the guy in the television program was using a Vernier caliper to measure the distance between the holes on the table. You can actually accomplish a reliable measurement of the holes with a simple cheap ruler. I guess the Vernier caliper makes his investigation more scientific. He should be careful because he may be entering into the realm of pseudo-science. Oh the humanity!

  • 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 Table — Michael 5260 for Joe, Wed Apr 10 10:52
      • 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
                    • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableMichael For Joe, Mon Apr 15 09:07
                      I don't know any Joe. Of course there could be someone who has been to the Archives to examine this piece who I don't know about. I am not saying I know about everyone, but I believe the number of... more
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