• The Lindbergh Kidnapping: Suspect No. 1

  • The Man Who Got Away
  • By: Lise Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Lise Pearlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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In the depths of the Depression, millions worldwide followed every twist and turn of the Lindbergh baby kidnap/murder. Yet what was reported was largely fake news. Nearly a century after undocumented immigrant Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the dastardly crime, questions still linger. If the wrong man was convicted, who did it? When? Why? Where? How? The shocking answers have eluded all prior authors. Now in The Lindbergh Kidnapping: Suspect No. 1 - The Man Who Got Away award-winning author Lise Pearlman’s extensive research into dusty archives yielded crucial forensic evidence never before analyzed. Listeners are invited to reexamine "the crime of the century" freshly focused on a key suspect - a slim, clean-shaven man wearing a fedora that obscured his face. He was spotted with a ladder in his car near the Lindberghs' driveway early that fateful night. The police let an insider who fit that description oversee the entire investigation - the boy's father, international hero Charles Lindbergh. Abuse of power, amorality and xenophobia all feature in this saga set in an era dominated by white supremacists and social Darwinists.

Astonishingly more key evidence is accessible today than was presented at the death penalty trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the kidnap/murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. You get to judge for yourself who committed the "crime of the century".

©2020 Lise A. Pearlman (P)2021 Lise Pearlman

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Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Case

No doubt that Bruno H was the fall guy that Chas Lindbergh used to cover his own tracks. Lindbergh was a despicable man. Reminds me of the OJ Simpson case.

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This will make you think

I have long been curious about the Lindbergh kidnapping. Mainly because as a builders daughter I’m obsessed with the ladder. No carpenter in his right mind would have made a ladder like that. This book is the first I’ve read about the crime, well researched, well written and inspiring. I’m off to do ore sleuthing! Too bad it was botched or covered up so well. Imagine allowing the press in to trample all over the place!

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Within the book, many things I did not know about.

The book was well done, so many things that I was unaware of. I believe that Lindy killed his son. My Grandmother lived in Chicago when this was happening and we talked along about it. Grandmother lived with us . she was 66 when I was a teenager.

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Mixed Feelings

There were some great aspects of this book. It is clear that plenty of work went into it and it is always good to get a new perspective on a crime, especially one like this which has many mysteries left to solve.

Lise Perlman should be commended for writing such a book and undoubtedly devoting huge amount of time to researching it. it is well written also.

Unfortunately, the book's central theory is just implausible. I believe the author started with the premise that Lindbergh was guilty and fitted everything she learned into that premise, dispensing with any information which went against this theory. What results is rather bizarre - the reader is asked to believe Lindbergh stood by and gave his permission as he watched his son being murdered and almost disembowelled.

Lindbergh was not the American hero that many believed him at the time of the kidnapping. Many Americans, particularly Jewish-Americans, have valid reason to resent all he stood for politically. Nevertheless, it is not credible that he did what he was accused of in this book.