The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Trial
Events of the Time Period
During the time of the kidnapping (America in the1930's) America as undergoing some major political and economic changes. A controversial issue pf the time period was prohibition. Prohibition was the movement to stop the manufacturing and selling of alcoholic beverages. The eighteenth amendment outlawed the manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting and selling of alcoholic beverages in the United States. Many Americans turned to illegal activities to get around the law. Many Americans resorted to going to places where alcoholic beverages were sold illegally and some Americans even made, sold and transported their own alcohol often referred to as "Moonshine". Because of this illegal activity, the number of violent crimes surged. Another change that shook the nation was the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Many Americans lost everything after the end of World War I when the stock market crashed. This event caused crime to increase more than ever. Following the crash America entered the time period known as the Great Depression. Such things as unemployment and a need to feed the family turned several Americans into criminals. A kidnapping epidemic hit America hard. These kidnappings were usually committed by gangsters and members of organized gangs. Adults were usually the targets as result of power wars between gangs. In 1932 the kidnappings began to spread from gang members to the general public and wealthy families, including children. II.
Background Information on the Lindberghs
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born in the small town of Little Falls, Minnesota, on February 4, 1902. When he was eighteen he attended the University of Wisconsin and then dropped out at the age of twenty to go to flying school. Seven months of flying school got him his pilots license. He started out flying mail routes from Saint Louis, Missouri to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of twenty five Charles Lindbergh attempted to make the first cross Atlantic flight. He left Long Island, New York on May 20, 1927 and in thirty three hours and twenty nine minutes later Charles Lindberg circled the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and then landed. This flight made Lindbergh an instant hero, especially in the US and Europe. When he returned to the United States he was commissioned a Colonel in the United States Air Service Reserve and became a technical advisor to commercial airlines. He also earned the nickname "Lone Eagle".
Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh was born on June 22, 1907. Her father Dwight Morrow was an American Ambassador and influential banker. This made Anne a millionaire heiress. She was a very talented writer. She wrote articles, stories and poems for her college's magazine. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. During her senior year there she achieved several awards for outstanding writing.
In 1928, Lindbergh and Morrow became acquaintances after Mr. Morrow invited Lone Eagle to dinner. Twenty-one year old Anne developed a crush on Charles Lindbergh. In the fall of 1928 they began to date. Soon after they became engaged and then married on May 27, 1929. By March 1930 Anne and Charles were expecting their first child. Anne also succeeded in earning her pilots license and became Charles radio speaker, co-pilot and navigator on many journeys. The pair broke the transcontinental speed record in April of 1930. They flew from Los Angles to New York in fourteen hours and forty-five minutes. III.
On June 22, 1930, Anne's twenty-fourth birthday little Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. was born. His birth made the front pages of newspapers. Baby Charlie earned the nick name of "Eaglet", because of Charles nickname Lone Eagle. In 1932 when the press continues to hound the Lindbergh's decided to move out of the Morrows house to a fourteen room house they built on four hundred acres of land near Hopewell, New Jersey. In 1932 the couple was once...
Cited: Monroe, Judy. The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Trial. Berkeley Heights: Enslow,
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