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This Day in the Yesteryear: BODY OF LINDBERGH BABY FOUND (1932)

Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

In one of America‘s most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The massive search effort included unprecedented federal involvement, and Lindbergh even met with organized crime figures in an attempt to determine the whereabouts of his son. Ten weeks after the boy disappeared, his corpse was found just miles from the Lindbergh home. Four years after the kidnapping, a riotous trial resulted in the conviction and execution of whom? More… Discuss

Published on Aug 17, 2012


Prof. Jerry Kroth reviews the kidnapping and how lynch mob “Jersey justice” sent an innocent man, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, to the electric chair. The kidnapping events and the evidence, pro and con, is reviewed. In addition Dr. Kroth offers a challenging and unusual psychological interpretation about how “crime of the century” became such a collective obsession. This talk is based on his book, The Lindbergh kidnapping: mobs, mass psychology and myth. More at http://collectivepsych.com/Home.html