Volume 34, Issue 1 (January 1989)
A Review of The Lindbergh Case
The Lindbergh Case is a painstakingly researched, immensely readable account of the “Crime of the Century” from the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby in 1932 to Richard Hauptmann's conviction and execution some four years later. It's author, Jim Fisher, Professor of Criminal Justice at Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, states that he spent over four years on researching the case, and I can believe it. The vast amount of background material that he reviewed and catalogued by computer includes some 7500 pages of trial transcripts and literally thousands of other documents maintained in the Lindbergh case archives in West Trenton, New Jersey, such as affidavits, memos, letters, logs, statements, photographs, press clippings, trial exhibits, and material from the Governor Hoffman file. Fisher also examined the physical evidence itself including the fourteen ransom notes, Hauptmann's known handwriting, the kidnap ladder, and the baby's sleeping suit.