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Charles Lindbergh Jr.
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1930
Date of Death: 1932
Cause of Death: Murder (skull crushed)
Parents: Charles and Anne Lindbergh
Fictional Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the "Lindbergh Baby" (June 22, 1930 - March 2, 1932), the eldest son of aviators Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was the victim of one of the most sensational crimes of the 20th century. The 20-month-old was abducted from his family home, Highfields, in East Amwell, New Jersey, on the evening of March 1, 1932. On May 12, his body was discovered in nearby Hopewell Township. A medical examination determined that the cause of death was a massive skull fracture.

After an investigation that lasted more than two years, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested and charged with the crime. In a trial held from January 2 to February 13, 1935, Hauptmann was found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death. He was executed by electric chair at the New Jersey State Prison on April 3, 1936. Hauptmann proclaimed his innocence to the end, and many historians question his guilt.

Columnist H.L. Mencken called the crime and subsequent trial "the biggest story since the Resurrection" of Jesus. Legal scholars have referred to the trial as one of the "trials of the century". The crime spurred the United States Congress to pass the Federal Kidnapping Act, commonly called the "Lindbergh Law," which made transporting a kidnapping victim across state lines a federal crime.

Charles Lindbergh Jr. in "Before the Beginning"[]

The kidnapping of the Lindbergh Baby was a popular video made by the time-viewer.[1]

Charles Lindbergh Jr. in Joe Steele[]

Charlie Sullivan privately questioned whether Bruno Hauptmann was really responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh Baby.[2]

References[]

  1. Futureshocks, pg. 93.
  2. Joe Steele, pg. 98.
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