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Re: Deciphering the Mersman Table
Wed Apr 10, 2019 14:03
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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 appologize in advance), if this is a "true confession" by one of the conspirators being written on the piece of wood that was used as the template for the holes in the ransome note symbol, then why on earth would he not say this in the "confession"? One has to assume that all individuals who confess to a crime want to be believed, especially if you are trying to exonerate someone else. What better way to be believed then just saying "to show you that I am telling the truth, I am writing this confession on the board that we used as a template for the symbol holes."

This was not stated in the confession because the hoaxer had no idea that the holes in the table brace matched up so closely to the holes in the ransome notes. It is just a coincidence that the holes in the wood match closely. I would venture to say that there are many items out there in the world with 3 holes in them that would match up pretty closely to the symbol holes. This confession and table template make for a wonderful TV show for an audience that has little knowledge of the LKC, but for long time students of the case like Joe and Michael 5260 it does not even have a hint of common sense attached to it. It's just plain foolish (and a distraction from looking at meaningfull Hauptmann co-conspirators).

  • 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 Table — Anonymous, Wed Apr 10 14:03
      • 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
                    • Re: Deciphering the Mersman TableJoe for Michael, Mon Apr 15 13:06
                      Michael, reading your reply, all I can say is you've somehow managed to wrap this enigma into much more of a riddle than it needs to be in. Of course, I'm sure you feel the same way about my... more
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