Lindbergh Kidnapping Collection of Original Documents and Photographs. This is an extraordinary collection relating to the "Crime of the Century", as the 1935 Bruno Richard Hauptmann trial was known. Hauptmann, known by many as "The Most Hated Man in the World", was accused of kidnapping Charles and Ann Morrow Lindbergh's twenty month old son, Charles, Jr., in 1932 and then murdering him after receiving a ransom of $50,000. Hauptmann was convicted and executed in the New Jersey electric chair in 1936. Doubts about Hauptmann's guilt were raised by many, including New Jersey Governor Harold G. Hoffman.

    Offered here are the following:
    1. One check (9" x 3") written to Anni Hauptmann, the wife of Bruno, for $40 from Kate Frederiksen dated June 4, 1936, endorsed "Richard Hauptmann". With usual cancellation perforations. The check is almost completely separated along the vertical fold; else very good.
    2. Six original Associated Press photographs. Five relate to Hauptmann's trial (all 7" x 9", b/w) and one of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., (7"' x 5", b/w). All have Associated Press captions (except two) and "Associated Press" stamps on verso. All fine.
    4. Two typed letters signed and two press statements from Gov. Hoffman concerning the thirty day reprieve he gave Hauptmann and the doubts he had of Hauptmann's guilt ("I cannot convince myself that the kidnapping and murder for which Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed were the work of a single unaided person.") All toned with usual folds; fine.
    4. A copy of Hauptmann's letter with transcript written to Gov. Hoffman four days before Hauptmann's execution thanking the governor for his attempts to save his life. Four integral pages. Contains a small tear at top and a 3.5" tear on last page. Fine.
    5. This lot also includes negatives, slides, and reproductions of most items offered here. An excellent collection builder!

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