“Kidnapping: Whenever a person is taken or detained against his or her will, including hostage situations, whether or not the victim is moved. Kidnapping is not limited to the acts of strangers but can be committed by acquaintances, by romantic partners, and, as has been increasingly true in recent years, by parents who are involved in acrimonious custody disputes. Kidnapping involves both short-term and short-distance displacements, acts common to many sexual assaults and robberies.” (“Missing Children Statistics,” 2008)
Kidnapping only makes up about 2% of all violent crimes against juveniles, but that does not make it any less of a crime. In the year 2000, 876,213 people were reported missing, and of that about 90% were juveniles under the age of 18. (“Missing Children Statistics,” 2008) With so many kidnapping cases each year, only a select few will make national news. One of the most notorious kidnapping cases was the Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. Kidnapping in 1932. What made this case so much more important then all the rest? There was nothing unusual about this case, but the one factor that made this national news was that Charles Lindbergh Jr. was the Twenty-Month old son of the Famous Aviator, Charles Lindbergh. On March 1, 1932, baby Charles was put to bed at around 7:30 PM by his mother Anne Lindbergh and his Nurse, Betty Gow. About 3 hours later, when checking on the baby, Gow made a horrible discovery, baby Charles was not in his crib. The only thing that was out of place was an envelope on the window sill. The envelope contained a badly written ransom note that read: Dear Sir,
Have 50,000$ redy 25000$ in 20$ bills 15000$ in 10$ bills and 10000$ in 5$ bills. After 2-4 days will inform you were to deliver the Mony. We warn you for making anyding public or for notify the Polise the child is in gut care. Indication for all letters are singnature and 3 holds .(“The American Experience,” 2004-2006)
Over a period of a month more then a dozen ransom notes were delivered to the Lindbergh’s. Upon the initial search of the crime scene, mud was found in the nursery and immeasurable muddy footprints were found outside of the nursery. Also a two section ladder was found outside of the house, leaning against the house leading to the nursery window. The ladder was broken in a place were the two section met. No other evidence was found. The second ransom note came on March 6, 1932 which said the ransom amount had been raised to $70,000. The Lindbergh’s attorney received the third ransom note on March 8 instructing them to put a note in the newspaper. That day, John F. Condon published a letter in the Bronx Home News offering to be the go-between for the kidnapper and the Lindbergh’s, and offering an extra $1,000 ransom. The next day Condon received the forth ransom note stating that Condon was accepted as the go-between. On March 10 Condon began negotiations for payment through newspaper columns. He used the code name “Jafsie.” The fifth note was received on March 12, sending instruction on where to find another note. As indicated, the sixth note was found by Condon beneath a stone by a vacant stand outside of a subway station. This note instructed Condon to meet a man who called himself “John” in a graveyard where they would discuss payment. “John” agreed to show something indicating the baby’s identity. On March 16, the baby’s sleeping suit and a seventh ransom note were received. The eighth ransom note was given to Condon on March 21. This note asked for complete compliance and also stated that the kidnapping had been planned for year. On March 30, the ninth note was found, stating that the kidnappers were threatening to raise the ransom to $100,000. On April 1, Condon received the tenth ransom note demanding him to have the money ready for the next night. The eleventh note was received on April 2, instructing them as to the whereabouts of the twelfth...