The Lindbergh Baby

There’s a joke you can perhaps effectively use if you’re ever pulled over by a police officer who asks you the standard question:  “Do you know why I stopped you?” – looking for a confession, of course.

You can answer:  “Because you suspect me of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby?”

A very tragic event that has receded into history, there are probably few officers anymore that would get the humor.  Still, it was one of the first “trial of the century” prosecutions of the mass media age, with the involvement of many great personages of the day.  We remember the Titanic (1912) because it has larger meanings, and so we should remember the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case (1932).

And it almost goes without saying:  the whole prosecution compounded, rather than ameliorated, the tragedy of it all.  It was a rank atrocity.

Caution:  the last linked article is from the John Birch Society, which has its credibility problems with many people, including me, but that doesn’t make them wrong about everything, and the monstrous irregularities of the prosecution in the Lindbergh/Hauptman case are too well documented, not to say too plausibly familiar, to quarrel with.

(h/t Lew Rockwell)



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