Lindbergh Kidnapping

The Trial that Changed Law

The Victum

Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. was taken from his home in the evening of March 1st, 1932. The child was only 20 months old when he was kidnapped. Two months later, Charles's body was found a short distance from the Lindbergh's home. From the condition of the body, it appears that the child died the night of the kidnapping, despite several ransom notes asking for money in exchange for the child.

The Kidnapping

A Summary of the Kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh:
  • The child's nurse leaves the nursery around 9pm
  • The nurse noticed the boy's absence at about 10pm
  • Police are called and there is an investigation of the nursery
  • Footprints near the window, a ransom note on the window sill, and a ladder outside the window were found
  • Household and estate employees were questioned
  • More ransom notes appeared, raising the ransom from $50,000 to $70,000
  • A total of 13 ransom notes were left

The Discovery

Charles's body, which was found by accident, was found face down in the dirt, covered in leaves and insects. It was already decomposing, and was little more than a skeleton by the time it was found. The boy's left hand, left leg from the knee down, right arm, and most internal organs were missing, scavenged by animals in the area. It was concluded that the cause of death was a fracture to the skull.
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Does the name Lindbergh sound familiar?

You most likely recognize the name from the famous pilot, Charles Lindbergh Sr. He was the first man to fly across the Atlantic. During this time period, he was the most famous man in the world.

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