Michael 5260 for Joe
The Holes
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:55
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Hi Joe. You are correct about the holes in the Mersman table being larger than the holes in the ransom notes.

What does this say about a person trying to achieve a high level of precision ( why I don't know) when punching the holes in the ransom notes. If the table was used to make the holes in the ransom notes wouldn't we expect to see the holes in the ransom notes appearing as the same size as the table holes? A person would select an object nearly the same size as the holes in the table and push it through the eleven blank pieces of stationery paper all at the same time if they wanted to be so extremely accurate. After all the person just specifically went through the trouble of taking the table apart so they could acquire exactness when punching the holes in the papers.


Since the holes in the ransom notes are so small wouldn't we also expect the holes in the table to be nearly the same size as the holes in the ransom notes and the device that was pushed through the papers? Again, the person was supposed to be using the holes in the table as a template, a precise pattern when they were punching the holes so they would use a device that would have a tight fit. We can see that didn't happen either. The holes in the ransom notes are much smaller than the holes in the table.

When I was examining the original Nursery Note and the March 4 ransom down at the archives I noticed how irregular the holes themselves were from the device that was used to punch them. They did not appear to be made from an awl or some other round pointed instrument. Based on the appearance of the holes it seemed to me that possibly a "cut nail" was used to punch the holes. Cut nails are different from your typical round wire nails and they will leave a distinctive hole. Their nail shank and point can be square or rectangular. From the shape of the holes in the ransom notes the best inference I can make is that a square cut nail was used to punch the holes in the ransom notes.

Joe, wasn't the kidnap ladder constructed with cut nails and they also found a barrel of cut nails in Hauptmann's garage? My, my, my. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Would a person really need a table to punch holes in ransom notes? A table you have to take apart and put back together again? I don't think so. Not when you can stack eleven pieces of paper together and take a nail and punch the holes in the papers simultaneously by freehand. Hauptmann was punching holes in paper not manufacturing a Rolex watch.

You know criminals are notoriously lazy. That's why they commit crimes and rip people off. I don't accept the idea that Hauptmann pulled the Mersman table apart, used it to punch the holes in the ransom notes, and then put it back together again ( too much work for Bruno) so it could eventually wind up in Elmer Bolliard's hands in 1940. Then Elmer miraculously finds a handwritten confession underneath the table in 1948. You have to be mighty credulous to have a belief about this whole Mersman Table fiasco. Everything about it has a stench to it. The Plainfield, NJ police noticed the aroma in 1948.

I think it was J. Clark Sellers, during his career, that would encounter "foundling wills" written in very strange places. Under a ladder rung, on the side of a barn, up in an attic, on the trunk of a tree, near a pile of burning garbage, etc. Every single one he examined that was found in an oddball place was proved to be nongenuine.

People fabricate phony documents and have them discovered in bizarre places with the warped idea that it somehow lends an air of authenticity to the fraudulent document. They think, "My God it must be genuine, look at where it was found. A fraudulent document would never be found in such a place". I think the Mersman Table handwritten confession falls into this category.

    • cut nailsAnonymous, Thu Apr 25 18:32
      the ladder did not use cut nails. Pittsburgh common nails with a head and point, just like the keg at BRH's place.
    • Re: The HolesJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Apr 14 18:32
      Michael, during an experiment I undertook in 2006, I evaluated a number of "tools" which might have been used to punch the ransom note holes. One of these was the point of a 1930's vintage square, or ... more
    • Re: The HolesMichael For Michael 5260 (a.k.a. Script), Sat Apr 13 12:58
      Criminals are notoriously lazy? Sorry but I have to disagree with this. Regardless, I cannot see how the word "lazy" would apply to Hauptmann and/or anyone connected to this crime. I think you are... more
    • the table holesRichard E Sloan, Sat Apr 13 10:13
      Michael brings up a good point, which leads to another question: -- the writer of the ransom notes would have had to take off the table top every time he would punch the holes. That doesn't seem... more
      • Re: the table holesMichael 5260 for Richard, Sun Apr 14 11:24
        Rich, take a look at the photographs of the handwritten confession underneath the Mersman Table. Notice the circular stain line in the center of the table where the pedestal of the table would be... more
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      • Re: the table holesMichael For Richard, Sat Apr 13 13:20
        The "key" to the secret symbol are those holes. The idea that anyone would come up with an identifier like this shows me they thought this out. I look at the wall safe Hauptmann made in his garage to ... more
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