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    A Presentation Copy from Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh to the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, and the Man in Charge of the Investigation of the Lindbergh Kidnapping

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Listen! The Wind. With foreword and map drawings by Charles A. Lindbergh. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1938]. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and signed by her and Charles Lindbergh on the half-title: "For Ruth and Norman Schwarzkopf/from Anne and Charles Lindbergh/IIhic [?] 1938". Octavo. 275, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's full red cloth, front board and spine stamped in gilt, pictorial endleaves. Some rubbing to binding, spine a bit dull. A near fine copy with an excellent association.
    On March 1, 1932, Norman Schwarzkopf (1895-1958), was called to the East Amwell home of Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh, in his role as Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police (the first person to hold this position), to head the investigation of the kidnapping of Lindbergh's infant son, Charlie (Schwarzkopf had held this office since his retirement from the military in 1921). Schwarzkopf's handling of the case perhaps would have been more successful, if not for the domineering and controlling nature of Charles Lindbergh, who insisted on being involved and controlling many aspects of the investigation. Sadly, on May 12 of that year, the skeletonized body of Charlie was discovered four miles from the Lindbergh home. Schwarzkopf later re-staged the crime, and successfully determined that Charlie most likely had died during the kidnapping, probably from accidentally being dropped from the window during the escape. He had sent the written correspondence with the kidnappers to graphologists for analysis, who determined that one person had written the letters, and that person was probably of German ancestry. Schwarzkopf also arranged for a psychiatrist to consult, who produced one of the earliest examples of criminal profiles, much used today in law enforcement. He also had the hand-made ladder used in the crime analyzed, determining that it was made from two different sources of wood. After the arrest of Bruno Hauptmann (in 1934), part of the wood in the ladder had been matched to wood found in Hauptmann's attic. Although Schwarzkopf had been criticized at the time, he is now seen as a determined and capable investigator. Upon being fired from the New Jersey State Police in 1936, he narrated a radio program for a short time (Gang Busters), and then re-enlisted in the U. S. Army at the onset of World War II. After a distinguished career, he retired in 1953 with the rank of Major General. He was the father of General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. (1934-2012), a highly distinguished officer who most famously commanded the allied effort in Operation Desert Storm (1991).


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