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Aug. 15, 2022

David T Wilentz and the Lindbergh Kidnapping: A Fraudulent Prosecution?

David T Wilentz and the Lindbergh Kidnapping: A Fraudulent Prosecution?

In 1935, the New Jersey Attorney General, David T Wilentz, prosecuted Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.

The Lindbergh kidnapping case was one of the most sensational crimes of the 20th century.  Charles Lindbergh was abducted from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. A massive search effort ensued, but the child was found dead two months later.

Many believe that Wilentz manufactured evidence against Hauptmann and that he was not guilty of the crime. This NJ Criminal Podcast series will explore, among other things, evidence that suggests Wilentz railroaded an innocent man in order to boost his own career.

The Lindbergh case is one of the most poorly executed investigations of all time. Accepted standards and processes were abandoned from the start.

In the early hours of March 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr, the 20-month old son of world-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, was abducted from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. A massive search ensued but the child was not found and a ransom demand for $50,000 was received. The ransom was paid but the child was not returned and was found dead two months later.

Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German carpenter living in New York, was arrested in September 1934 and charged with the crime. He was tried and convicted in 1935 and sentenced to death. Despite strong evidence of his innocence, Hauptmann maintained his innocence until his execution in April 1936.

 

 

✈️ The Lindbergh kidnapping trial is a perfect topic for a true-crime podcast because it is full of intrigue, history, and mystery.

The case captured the nation's attention in 1932 and has continued to fascinate people over the years. There are many unanswered questions about the kidnapping and trial.

Meg will explore the different theories about what happened, as well as discuss the various evidence that was presented at the trial.

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