Hauptmann's Last Letter & Statement

Last Letter to Gov. Harold G. Hoffman (March 31, 1936)

Your Excellence:
My writing is not for fear of losing my life, this is in the hands of God, it is His will. I will go gladly, it means the end of my tremendous suffering.  Only in thinking of my wife and my little boy, that is breaking my heart.  I know until this terrible crime is solvet, they will have to suffer unter the weight of my unfair conviction.
I beg you, Attorney General, believe at least a dying man.  Please investigate, because the case is not solvet, it only adds another death to the Lindbergh case.
I thank your Excellence, from the bottom of my heart, and may God bless you,
                                                                   Bruno Richard Hauptmann

Last Statement (April 3, 1936)

I am glad that my life in a world which has not understood me has ended.  Soon I will be at home with my Lord, so I am dying an innocent man.  Should, however, my death serve for the purpose of abolishing capital punishment—such a punishment being arrived at only by circumstantial evidence—I feel that my death has not been in vain.  I am at peace with God.  I repeat, I protest my innocence of the crime for which I was convicted.  However, I die with no malice or hatred in my heart.  The love of Christ has filled my soul and I am happy in Him.

[Translated from German ]

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