Joe for Michael 5260
Re: Seeing
Fri Jun 7, 2019 08:04

Good point that "robbery" and "perhaps" don't appear in the series of ransom notes, and yet get butchered in the request writings. Police would have had no reason to tell Hauptmann to misspell these words. He consistently demonstrates in the request writings that he had little command and a very mercurial sense of English spelling without the benefit of his comprehensive set of German - English dictionaries. He obviously made good use of these in the ransom notes for more complex words. Some people write off the request writings unequivocally, but I'd venture they haven't really taken the time to examine them in much detail. I mean, why bother if Hauptmann swore in court he was told how to misspell his request writing mistakes, right?

  • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Thu Jun 6 11:01
    I'm glad you took the time to study the unique "x's" Joe. If you can draw this peculiar "x" from memory, anywhere and anytime, you definitely have a handle on this unusual letter form. Hauptmann's... more
    • Re: Seeing — Joe for Michael 5260, Fri Jun 7 08:04
      • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Fri Jun 7 15:43
        Joe, keep Hauptmann's "p"/"b" handwriting conflict in mind. It's an identifying characteristic that will come into play later on. Here is another handwriting feature that is significant. Hauptmann... more
        • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jun 9 09:05
          All duly noted Michael. I've always found it interesting how Hauptmann really turned on those crossed "t's", not missing one in his mercy letters to Governor Hoffman, right on the heels of all those... more
          • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jun 9 17:33
            Hauptmann certainly did crank out the t-bars after his trial. You can see him double-crossing his t's using the American method and the German method at the same time! It proves he was paying... more
            • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael 5260, Sun Jun 9 21:26
              From his California trip memo book entry for July 13, 1931, that is an excellent find, Michael. I've seen that strange looking word before and although I wasn't sure, I thought perhaps he was writing ... more
              • Re: SeeingMichael 5260 for Joe, Mon Jun 10 11:39
                The first thing we have to determine about the "pox soap" entry is whether Hauptmann was writing in German, English, or a combination of both. We can see the second word is obviously "s-o-a-p" so... more
                • Re: SeeingMichael For Joe, Tue Jun 11 09:45
                  You're right Joe. The word is "Pott Soap." That's a double "t" not an "x." Just look for yourself and ask why an "Expert" can't see what you are seeing. Also notice "Camp Milk" which is also in line... more
                  • Re: SeeingJoe for Michael, Tue Jun 11 11:10
                    Michael, I originally thought it was "Pott Soap" but I now lean much more to Hauptmann having intended to write "Box" here, simply having screwed up, as he has demonstrated on countless occasions in... more
                    • Re: SeeingMichael For Joe, Tue Jun 11 11:42
                      First of all I am convinced that "Pott Soap" was written by Hauptmann. It's what they obviously used to wash out their pots and pans. I highlighted this by my point about the "Camp Milk." It's this... more
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