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Scapegoat: The Lonesome Death of Bruno Richard Hauptmann

by Anthony Scaduto

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1424 Scapegoat: The Lonesome Death of Bruno Richard Hauptman, by Anthony Scaduto (read 4 Dec 1976) This book claims Hauptman was framed! I doubt anyone could read the book and at the end confidently say that Hauptman was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The book is not well-written, nor well-edited, but it certainly raises serious doubts. The most damning evidence in the case, I've always thought, was the board from Hauptman's attic being a part of the ladder found at the Lindbergh home. Scaduto says this was a frame-up--that the missing board was simply thrown away, and was not noted in numerous attic searches, and the ladder was then nailed in its place to make the nail holes match the nail holes therein match the holes in the joist. This I suppose, is the only way to get around this very damning evidence. But much of the other evidence was weak, e.g., Lindbergh's voice identification of "hey, Doctor," etc. Scaduto is too much the advocate, he goes overboard, he delights in saying someone lied, etc. Yet I am convinced now Hauptman was not guilty, and as I remember the attitude in our home on April 3, 1936, (the night Hauptman was electrocuted) I am glad it was one of skepticism that justice was done. ( )
  Schmerguls | Feb 1, 2009 |
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