This is my kind of article right here. From The New American, an article by James Perloff on the ins and outs of the Lindbergh Kidnapping that won't be shown on the History Channel. I was thinking about doing some research on this, but think of how relieved I was that Mr. Perloff has done it for me. It's a lenghty article, but chock full of surprising facts such as:
- The kidnappers only asked for $50,000, even though they could have gotten more from wealthier families. The mob was consulted and they said they would have asked more if they had pulled this job- wasn't them.
- There were no fingerprints in the baby's nursery, despite five adults living in the house. Someone had to have wiped them down -someone on the inside.
- The maid committed suicide after being interrogated on different occasions, giving conflicting testimony.
- The officer in charge was "Stormin' Norman's dad, Herman Norman Sr - head of the newly formed New Jersey State Police, who's main task was gangbusting and still-busting. His law enforcement experience prior to that was as a department store guard. He was politically appointed, and a subsequent governor fired him. The article doesn't mention the fact that he was a West Point grad and had served in WW1. However, liberty-minded folks always make a distinction between soldier and peace officer. What is interesting and largely untold, is how Swartzkoph rejected help from many quarters on this case- and kept claiming gangs or mob activity, despite all evidence to the contrary.
- The Lindberghs and the Warburgs has a multi-generational feud going. Charles Lindbergh, Sr, the grandpa of the baby, was notorious for his opposition of the Fed, and World War I as as profiteering and government power grab. The younger Warburg, Paul, was famous for saying that we'd have world government "by consent or conquest". Lucky Lindy was a hero and shared his father's America First ideology. This mindset was diametrically opposed to the FDR braintrust that Paul Warburg was apart of.
- The desire to slander the Lindberghs persisted into the '90s with the book, Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax (1993) by Gregory Ahlgren and Stephen Monier, suggesting that Lindbergh the father was responsible for the whole murder. The source for their accusations are so convoluted, they aren't worth a bullet point. But this is:
- In 2002, President Bush appointed Stephen Monier U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire. The past really does point to the future, eh?
- Walter Liggett, speechwriter for Lindbergh, Sr., was murdered in 1935 — a case never solved.
- After triggering the Great Depression, “establishment” bankers wanted Roosevelt elected as President in 1932 to spawn an era of government borrowing, erosion of the Constitution, and moves toward world government. Lindbergh’s father-in-law, Dwight Morrow, now Republican Senator for New Jersey, was touted as a possible presidential candidate. In October 1931, Morrow, 58 and fit, attended a charity dinner hosted by Lehman Brothers — heavy backers of FDR. (Herbert Lehman was Roosevelt’s Lieutenant Governor in New York and signed the papers extraditing Hauptmann to New Jersey.) After the dinner, Morrow returned home — and died that night. Thus vanished a remaining hope for the Republicans, whom newspapers blamed for the Depression..
You know what would make a great blog subject? Suspicious deaths of the 1930s. Good grief!! Someone ought to make list!