Charles Lindbergh Kidnapping

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Lindbergh Kidnapping
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was one of the most famous aviators in the world. He is most famous for his transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Lindbergh also achieved fame for going through Latin America on goodwill tours. While in Mexico, he met Anne Spencer Morrow, the daughter of Dwight W. Morrow, the American ambassador there. Lindbergh married Anne Morrow in 1929. Other than politicians and war heroes no one surpassed his fame. He was a genius when it came to aviation and mechanics. He advised the making and design of several planes from ones made of wood and wire to jets. He helped several countries and airlines by giving them advice on their air fleets. Charles Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902 in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Rapid Falls, Minnesota on a family farm. His father’s name was Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Sr. and his mother’s name was Evangeling Land. As a child Lindbergh showed that he had a great deal of mechanical ability. When he was eighteen years old he began attending the University of Wisconsin majoring in mechanical engineering. In 1924, Lindbergh enlisted in the United States Army so that he could be trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot. On March 1, 1932, the Lindberghs' 20-month-old son, Charles Augustus, Jr., was kidnapped from the family home in New Jersey. About ten weeks later, his body was found. In 1934, police arrested a carpenter, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, and charged him with the murder. To convict Hauptmann, they needed to find connections in the ransom notes left, the use of gold certificates for purchases, and also the ladder used to climb up the Lindbergh home. The ladder was made of pine from North Carolina, Douglas fir from the West, birch, and Ponderosa pine. It was traced to a mill in South Carolina and from there to a lumber dealer in the Bronx. The hand-made ladder showed the characteristics of a skilled carpenter. Hauptmann was a carpenter, and had constructed the garage...
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