Michael For Michael 5260 (a.k.a. Script)
Re: The Holes
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:58
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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 creating a narrative in order to support a position. Is writing wordy notes in disguise something easy? How about writing in disguise over a course of time and remembering that disguise in ALL of those notes? Just the amount of notes neutralizes any thought someone was being "lazy" and I haven't even gotten started.

My other question is do you believe that Giessler wrote the confession? Am I mistaken or was that a QDE on the show?

Finally, the error I think you are making is that IF it were YOU making these holes - "this" is how you'd do it. Good idea to think about and consider ... but I don't think you should assign it the full weight in which you have.


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    • Re: The Holes — Michael For Michael 5260 (a.k.a. Script), Sat Apr 13 12:58
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