"Like a huge sweater-y Lindbergh baby”
The More You Know: Lindbergh baby
Some of these references might be considered common knowledge, but like dumbwaiters, I don’t think people hear about some of these things as often as you used to. So forgive me if some of these seem rudimentary.
Charles Lindbergh was a virtually unknown U.S. Air Mail pilot before he won the Orteig Prize and the heart of millions for his feat of the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. Unfortunately, it was this fame that motivated someone to commit “The Crime of the Century.” On March 1, 1932, 20-month-old toddler, Charles Lindbergh Jr., was taken from his New Jersey home. A poorly written ransom note demanding $50,000 had been left. Even though they paid the ransom, their son was not returned. Two months after the kidnapping, Charles Jr.’s body was discovered in the woods a couple miles away from the Lindbergh home. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was ultimately charged with the crime and sentenced to death, but due to his claim of innocence and contamination of the crime scene and evidence, not everyone is convinced the case was solved.