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Bruno Richard HAUPTMANN






The Lindbergh Kidnapping
Classification: Murderer?
Characteristics: Kidnapping
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 1, 1932
Date of arrest: September 19, 1934
Date of birth: November 26, 1899
Victim profile: Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20-month-old (the son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh)
Method of murder: By a blow to the head (it has never been determined whether the head injury was accidental or deliberate)
Location: Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Status: Executed by electrocution in New Jersey on April 3, 1936

Trial Timeline

Week One, January 2-6, 1935

January 2, 1935

Excitement runs high as the The Trial of the Century opens, nearly three years after the Lindbergh child was abducted.

10 jurors are selected. Included are a merchant, two farmers, four housewives, a laborer, an insurance salesman and a camp education advisor.

January 3, 1935

Defense council Edward J. Reilly’s motion for a mistrial, on grounds that Attorney General Wilentz’s opening is impassioned and designed to prejudice the jury, is denied by Justice Trenchard.

Mrs. Anne Lindbergh identifies the child’s sleeping garments. Charles Lindbergh testifies that he heard noises as the child was kidnapped.

January 4, 1935

Lindbergh identifies Hauptmann’s voice as that of the man who took the ransom money in the cemetery.

January 5-6, 1935

Trial off for the weekend.

Lead defense attorney Reilly announces he will name the gang of four who are responsible for the child’s abduction.


Week Two, January 7-13, 1935

January 7, 1935

Nursemaid Betty Gow testifies about events the evening of the kidnap. She identifies the child’s undershirt and thumb guard.

The 25 foot, 3 section ladder is brought to the courtroom. Spectators crane their necks to get a good view. A legal battle is begun to have it entered as evidence.

January 8, 1935

Amandus Hochmuth testifies he saw Hauptmann in Hopewell with a ladder on the day of the kidnapping. Cab driver testifies Hauptmann paid him to deliver a ransom note to Dr. Condon in March, 1932.

January 9, 1935

Dr. John F. (Jafsie) Condon identifies Hauptmann as the mysterious “John” who negotiated and took $50,000 in ransom.

January 10, 1935

Despite defense speculation that Isidor Fisch was the man who delivered the ransom notes, Dr. Condon holds fast to his identification of Bruno Hauptmann as the man who collected the ransom.

January 11, 1935

Handwriting expert accuses Hauptmann as the writer of 14 ransom notes to Lindbergh.

Federal agent identifies Hauptmann as the man in whose garage searchers found $14,000 of the ransom cash.

January 12-13, 1935

Trial off for the weekend.

A group of psychics, astrologers and mind readers who ask to read Hauptmann’s thoughts are turned down.


Week Three, January 14-20, 1935

January 14, 1935

Model Hildegarde Alexander testifies she saw Hauptmann shadowing Dr. Condon in a Bronx railway station in March, 1932, before the ransom was paid.

January 15, 1935

Relatives of Isidor Fisch arrive from Germany to attack Hauptmann’s story that Fisch left him ransom money.

Two more handwriting experts say Hauptmann wrote the kidnap notes.

January 16, 1935

Expert says address of package used to send the baby’s sleeping suit to Dr. Condon was in Hauptmann’s handwriting. Another says Hauptmann’s writing is so distinct, “He might as well have signed his name....”

January 17, 1935

Hauptmann, in a rage, shouts “Stop your lying!” at a federal agent on the witness stand. A Mercer County physician testifies that a skull fracture killed the Lindbergh baby.

January 18, 1935

“You are lying,” shouts Mrs. Hauptmann, denying a former neighbor’s testimony that the Hauptmanns took a trip shortly after the kidnapping. Judge Trenchard reprimands both Hauptmanns for courtroom outbursts.

January 19-20, 1935

Infighting erupts between defense attorneys and Reilly, who threatens to quit. When questioned by reporters, Reilly denies there are any problems on the defense team.


Week Four, January 21-27, 1935

January 21, 1935

A Manhattan building superintendent testifies Hauptmann was not at work on the day of the kidnapping, or on the day of the ransom payment.

Hauptmann’s claim that he recieved the ransom bills from Isidor Fisch is badly damaged when Mrs. Cecil Barr, a cashier at a Manhattan movie theater, identifies him as the man who bought a ticket with a five-dollar gold note, well before Isidor Fisch had sailed to Germany.

January 22, 1935

Two more men identify Hauptmann as the man they saw lurking near Hopewell on the day of the kidnaping. After some legal infighting the defense succeeds in getting the ladder admitted as evidence.

January 23, 1935

Arthur Koehler, wood expert, testifies that a board used in ladder construction matches a hole made by a plank missing from Hauptmann’s attic.

January 24, 1935

After burying Hauptmann in circumstantial, eyewitness and forensic evidence, Wilentz announces, “The State rests.” Lloyd Fischer, gives the defenses opening remarks, attacking the prosecution’s case and denigrating the NJ State Police, concluding, “ case in all of history was as badly handled or as badly managed...” Hauptmann takes the stand for the first time. He denies all involvement in the crime.

January 25, 1935

Wilentz begins his cross-examination , hammering Hauptmann with questions about his writing and the ransom notes. He also establishes for the jury that Hauptmann was a convicted felon who had spent nearly four years in a German prison.

January 26-27, 1935

Verna Snyder, a 265 pound member of the jury, after consuming a steak and potato dinner, fifteen rolls, two pieces of pie, three cups of coffee, and dancing to the tune of “Casey Jones,” complains of feeling ill.


Week Five, January 28 - February 3, 1935

January 28, 1935

Hauptmann continues on the witness stand. Wilentz confronts him with a drawing of a ladder similar to the one used in the kidnapping from one of Hauptmann’s notebooks. Hauptmann admits the book is his, but denies that he drew the picture.

January 29, 1935

Hauptmann concludes his seventeen hours of testimony, eleven of it cross-examination.

January 30, 1935

Anna Hauptmann takes the stand. Under stiff questioning by Wilentz, she admits that she never saw a shoe box on the top shelf of the kitchen closet. This seriously undermines Hauptmann’s claim that the money had been left with him by Isidor Fisch.

January 31, 1935

Reilly proceeds to produce a series of crooks, con men and mental cases as alibi witnesses. Each was so unbelievable that Hauptmann himself was prompted to ask, “Where are they getting these witnesses?... They’re killing me!”

February 1, 1935

John Trendley, a documents examiner from St. Louis, testifies that despite spelling and grammatical similarities, he doesn’t believe Hauptmann wrote the ransom notes. Many of the defense’s other handwriting “experts” end up not testifying.

February 2-3, 1935

Judge Trenchard bars all cameras from the court after discovering that secret movies of the trial had been taken and shown in movie houses in New York and New Jersey.


Week Six, February 4-10, 1935

February 4, 1935

Defense witness, Peter Somner, claims to have seen Lindbergh maid Violet Sharpe and Isidor Fisch with a baby on a New York ferry on the night of the crime. Wilentz gets him to admit that he had testified in other trials for pay. Somner is then unable to identify Sharpe from a photograph.

February 5, 1935

When asked to name the Governor of New Jersey (Harold G. Hoffman) one NJ third grader responds: “Hauptmann!” Hoffman, meanwhile, announces the trial will cost the state $250,000. (The actual figure was over $600,000.)

Reilly calls a series of alibi witnesses who testify they were with Hauptmann, celebrating his birthday, on the night the ransom was paid.

February 6, 1935

During the lunch break, Reilly is approached by a man volunteering to be a defense witness. Reilly responded, “You’ve never been convicted of a crime? You’ve never been in a lunatic asylum? I can’t use you!”

February 7, 1935

Charles J. Debisschop, a Conn. lumberjack, testifies that many trees have similar grain patterns and that the board used in the ladder did not come from Hauptmann’s attic.

February 8, 1935

After producing only a fraction of the witnesses it had promised, and failing to disclose the identity of the “real” kidnappers, the defense surprisingly rests its case. The prosecution calls 20 rebuttal witnesses, including many who testify that Fisch was nearly destitute in the months prior to his returning to Germany.

February 9-10, 1935

To speed thing up the Judge calls a Saturday session. Wilentz finishes his rebuttal witnesses and rests. The defense offers no sur-rebuttal and also rests.

In a rare interview, Lindbergh expresses his satisfaction with the prosecution’s case.


Week Seven, February 11-13, 1935

February 11, 1935

Edward Reilly gives a five hour defense summation, starting strongly, casting suspicion for the kidnapping on everyone except Hauptmann. After a lunch break (and four drinks) he seems to ramble aimlessly through the remainder and finally sits down, to the relief of everyone in the courtroom, including others on his defense team.

February 12, 1935

Lead Prosecutor Wilentz gives his five hour summation. It is crisp and organized. He finishes with a call for the death penalty, assuring a first-degree murder conviction.

February 13, 1935

The jury deliberates for 12 hours and returns with a first-degree murder conviction. Hauptmann is sentenced to die in March. Defense team promises appeals.

Hauptmann’s original execution date was set for the week of March 18, 1935. He was transferred to the state penitentiary in Trenton three days after the verdict, where he lived in a ten-by-eight foot cell on death row. After his appeals were denied, and other attempts to prove his innocence failed, Hauptmann was executed via the electric chair on April 3, 1936.

Hunterdon County Democrat



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