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Richard Hauptmann
(Lindbergh Kidnapping) Trial


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by Douglas Linder(c) 2000
Journalist H. L. Mencken called the trial of Richard Hauptmann, the accused kidnapper of the baby of  aviator Charles Lindbergh, "the greatest story since the Resurrection."  While Mencken's description is doubtless an exaggeration, measured by the public interest it generated, the Hauptmann trial stands with the O. J. Simpson and Scopes trials as among the most famous  trials of the 20th century.  The trial featured America's greatest hero, a good mystery involving ransom notes and voices in dark cemeteries, a crime that is every parent's worst nightmare, and a German-born defendant who fought against U. S. forces in World War I....[continued]

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