The Henry Paynter Story
Sat May 25, 2019 10:39

It's out there that Lloyd Fisher, Hauptmann's defense attorney, claimed an investigative reporter by the name of Henry Paynter told him that he (Paynter) was the one who wrote John Condon's phone number on the inside closet trim of the Hauptmann nursery.

In spite of the fact that the sum totality of this amounts to little more than a "He said, he said.." account, I'd like to offer a couple of simple and very good reasons why Henry Paynter did not do this.

Assuming for a minute that Henry Paynter was even allowed access to the Hauptmann apartment sometime after the morning of September 19, 1934, he would no doubt have done what most of us would have expected of him under the circumstances. Rifle through papers, lift rugs, check for loose floorboards, tap walls, look under tables and chairs, poke around light fixtures, etc.

Working his way through the various rooms and finally into the nursery, he would ultimately have discovered some interesting writing on of all places, the inside trim of the nursery closet. Further inspection would have revealed a familiar address.. 2794 Decatur Ave. "That's Dr. Condon's address!" he probably would have shouted out loud.

In one synchronistic moment, Paynter has just discovered the evidential find of a lifetime, one that will no doubt help to clinch Hauptmann's guilt and set up his own career for life. At that same moment, he might well have thought back to Francis Jamieson's inside connection with Governor Moore and his subsequent scoop announcing the discovery of the Lindbergh baby's body on May 12, 1932, which won him the 1933 Pulitzer Prize for Reporting.

Given the above potential scenario, what does Henry Paynter then do at this point? Does he rush off to his office or to the nearest telephone to call in this reporting scoop of a lifetime? No. According to the claim made by Lloyd Fisher, it appears Henry would have then taken the time to add John Condon's phone number, which was active during the time of the ransom negotiations for "good measure," under the Condon address already written on the inside closet trim.

In an instant, Henry Paynter has effectively compromised critical criminal case evidence and in many pending punitive ways for himself, snatched Defeat from the Jaws of Victory..

Did Henry Paynter essentially "throw it all away" by penning Dr. Condon's phone number in Richard Hauptmann's handwriting on the nursery closet inside trim?

I think not.

    • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael For Joe, Sat May 25 14:20
      A couple of things... I think you are taking a leap of faith in several places as way of justifying your dismissal of this fact. It assumes Paynter acted alone. It assumes Paynter was the first to... more
      • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael, Sat Jun 1 09:59
        You think I'M taking a leap of faith here? No Michael, I've just presented a very valid reason why Henry Paynter would have been an idiot for doing what was claimed by Lloyd Fisher and Governor... more
        • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael For Joe, Sat Jun 1 11:13
          Again, if you look at just the few examples I gave in V2 your claim about being an "idiot" would apply to those instances too. And yet it occurred ... again, and again, and again. So on the surface I ... more
          • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael, Tue Jun 4 11:24
            I don't know why Paynter would lie to Fisher, but then again, I'm a bit more objective than to conclude that Paynter actually did tell him this without something more substantial, especially in the... more
            • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael For Joe, Tue Jun 4 12:15
              Fisher was a defense lawyer then later the Hunterdon County Prosecutor. He made these statements about Paynter admitting this to him across both positions over a span of two decades. Nothing about it ... more
    • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael 5260, Sat May 25 12:35
      C. Lloyd Fisher had to have been the most incompetent attorney in the history of the legal profession not to take action on the Henry Paynter story. That's if the story were true, which Fisher... more
      • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe, Sat May 25 13:37
        What you say is true, Michael. In any case, it's clear to me that no one in his right mind would have added Condon's phone number under the address. If any reporter had found incriminating writing on ... more
        • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun May 26 08:57
          Joe, what was the name of the bubblehead that opined that the 3-7154 telephone number was a forgery.
          • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael 5260, Mon May 27 08:09
            Not sure, but I think you're referring to Edward Oehler. The latest reference to his comparison is in Dark Corners, Volume 2. You can find the relevant pages if you Google "Edward Oehler Lindbergh."... more
            • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael 5260 for Joe, Mon May 27 13:01
              I went looking for information about Edward Oehler. I didn't find anything. I may have to see if something was published in a pulp True Detective magazine where the word "true" is dubious. I did come ... more
              • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael 5260, Tue May 28 07:49
                Michael, is there enough sample writing on the closet trim to determine whether or not Hauptmann was the author?
                • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryMichael 5260 for Joe, Tue May 28 10:37
                  We can see that if Henry Paynter wanted to write the 3-7154 telephone number as an imitation of Hauptmann's numerals, a convincing imitation, he did not have enough numbers to use as models from... more
                  • Re: The Henry Paynter StoryJoe for Michael 5260, Tue May 28 14:18
                    I would agree with your findings Michael, as I've previously compared these individual numbers from my copies of Hauptmann's memorandum books and California trip log. And it's really quite... more
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