By William Norris
The abduction and homicide of Charles Lindbergh's little one son, and the next trial and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, were a resource of fascination for greater than 70 years. Now, for the 1st time, William Norris delves into assets of data missed by way of earlier investigators and springs up with the id of the real offender.
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Extra resources for A Talent to Deceive. Who REALLY Killed the Lindberg Baby?
On March 31st Lamphier told Connelley that the ransom demand had been increased to $70,000, and that the go-between was Dr. John Condon of Fordham University and 2974 Decator Avenue, who had been responsible for the "Jafsie" advertisements that had been appearing in the New York American. Connelley immediately began a background check on Condon, and put a mail cover on Condon's house. This produced immediate results: the FBI was able to read the letter which set the ransom hand-over next day. At last, on Thursday, April 1st, Condon had received a letter for Lindbergh stating that the money must be ready by the following evening, and that further instructions would follow as to when and where to deliver it.
It is hardly surprising that David Wilentz decided not to call Riehl as a prosecution witness during the trial. Riehl also said in his statement that the man he talked to outside the gate, whom he had every opportunity to observe, was between fifty and fifty-five years of age, about five feet six inches in height, and had no moustache. In other words, not the least like Condon. One has to wonder whether the old man made the whole thing up – maybe he merely witnessed the encounter with the guard from a distance.
He was garrulous, sycophantic, histrionic, patronising and pseudo-humble by turns. Opinion in the Bronx was more succinct: Dr. John F. Condon was a nut. Remarkably, given the limited circulation of the Bronx Home News, the article produced immediate results. m. to find an envelope waiting for him at his home, 2974 Decator Avenue. Inside was a note and another envelope. The note said: "Dear Sir: If you are willing to act as go-between in Lindbergh case please follow stricly instruction. Handel incloced letter personaly to Mr Lindbergh.