Hauptmann, Bruno Richard

Hauptmann, Bruno Richard,

1899–1936, convicted kidnapper and murderer, b. Germany. The infant son of Charles and Anne Morrow LindberghLindbergh, Charles Augustus,
1902–74, American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight, b. Detroit; son of Charles A. Lindbergh (1859–1924). He left the Univ. of Wisconsin (1922) to study flying.
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 was abducted (Mar. 1, 1932) at Hopewell, N.J., and a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid through the intercession of Dr. John F. Condon. The child's battered body was found (May 12, 1932) near Hopewell, and on Sept. 19, 1934, Hauptmann, a carpenter, was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial at Flemington, N.J., he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was electrocuted on Apr. 3, 1936. The case precipitated (1934) congressional action against kidnappingkidnapping,
in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransom or for political or other purposes.
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See S. B. Whipple, The Trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann (1937); G. Waller, Kidnap (1961).

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