Annals of Crime #16


Original Caption:

Wires Ready for Hauptmann Trial

Flemington, NJ -- The Press is ready for the Hauptmann murder trial. Here is a view of the press set up in the Flemington Court house where Bruno Hauptmann of the Bronx will be tried for the murder of baby Lindbergh. The grand jury indicted him for the crime on October 8th. (1934)

2 comments:

Brent McKee said...

The Hauptmann Trial may not have been one of the great miscarriages of justice but it is unlikely that the guy would have been executed today. Setting aside the evidence (which was at best very weak - the only "eyewitness" to identify Hauptmann as being in the area on th day of the kidnapping literally couldn't tell the difference between a bowl of flowers and a hat), the behavior of the police in New York - where Hauptmann was initially arrested - wouldn't pass muster today. His attorney was an alcoholic hack hired by a newspaper that was clambering for Hauptmann to be strung up and held that the trial was an unnecessary formality. An absolute if deadly farce.

Peter L. Winkler said...

The evidence was not weak. There's a web site put together by a law professor and his student's that examines all the evidence as well as the claims made by people over the years hat Hauptmann was framed. I don't have the url handy but you can probably find it readily using Google.