Richard E Sloan
the table holes
Sat Apr 13, 2019 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 practical. But what if he thought it would would be a good idea to make a stock of pre-punched ransom note paper in the remote chance that he'd be writing that many of them? That would save him time and trouble.
As for the size of the holes in the paper not being the same size as the holes in the table, we should not assume that there was any intention to make the holes in the paper that large. (All of this is conjecture; I'm not concluding anything here.) He would just use the cut nail (I like your choice being the carpenter's nails!) to punch a good hole; why would he need to make them as large as the table's holes? All of this is dependent upon the year the table was manufactured. I forgot, in the thread of these posts, if we know the year(s) that the table was made. I suppose it was already being made in the 1930's, thus making Bruno the table owner? (Or could Izzy Fish have owned it?!)

  • The HolesMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Apr 12 12:55
    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... more
    • 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 holes — Richard E Sloan, Sat Apr 13 10:13
      • 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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