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The Lindbergh Baby | Who Kidnapped and Killed Charles Lindbergh III

Yet Ahlgren and Monier aren’t alone. In January, Atlantic Monthly Press published Lindbergh: The Crime, an account of the case by Noel Behn, the best-selling author of Kremlin Letter and The Brink’s Job. According to Behn, who says he obtained access to Governor Hoffmann’s papers during the eight years he spent researching his book, the child was killed by one of Anne Lindbergh’s close family relatives. “A cover-up,” he says, “was orchestrated by Lindbergh.”

In the meantime, Ahlgren and Monier have received letters and calls from the descendants of domestic help and bluecollar workers from around Hopewell. Most, like the daughter of an airplane mechanic, claim that their parents had told them over the years that Lindbergh was somehow involved in the death of his son. “Every time the subject of Hauptmann came up,” the woman wrote, “my dad would say, ‘They killed an innocent man. Lindbergh did it.’ ”

They know the case may never be resolved. “When I lay awake at night,” says Monier, ”I’d like a better resolution. There are just too many unanswered questions.”

Ahlgren believes they could get an indictment against Lindbergh based on their research. “But I don ‘t know if we could get a conviction,” he says.

Monier agrees: “You’d be taking on a giant.”

Still, both have come to look at their own roles in the criminal justice system in a new light. “For me,” says Ahlgren, “it has to do with Hauptmann’s prosecution. I realize the legal protections we have today aren’t that old, and they’re not necessarily here forever.”

“The other side,” says Monier, “is that police officers have a tough job to do, and we have to do it carefully if we don’t want guilty people to go free.” Beyond that, he adds, “I think my perceptions of how we look at historical figures has changed. I realized that the last chapter on a public figure is never fully complete.”

Updated Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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7 Responses to The Lindbergh Baby | Who Kidnapped and Killed Charles Lindbergh III

  1. Paula August 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Very interesting story, now I want to read to the book

  2. Connie Jenkins August 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I had the pleasure of knowing Chief Monier many years ago when I was a reporter in Goffstown, N.H.
    I’ve read this book and believe the authors made an excellent case about the likely suspect in this baby’s kidnapping and death.

  3. Lynne August 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    It’s not inconceivable that Lindbergh killed his child, accidently or not. After all, he did have a secret family in Germany, so who knows what other secrets he hid.

  4. Mrs. Cleaver January 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    The fact that the family was at that house on a Tuesday, which had never happened before, leads me to think there was some sort of inside job was involved. Otherwise how would the kidnapper know they were going to be there? On Tuesdays, usually the Lindbergh’s were at their other home. Also that night Mr. Lindbergh “forgot” a speaking engagement & drove home instead, which is odd. I’m not saying I’m sure that Lindbergh himself was involved, just that there are too many co-incidences for this to be a totally random crime.
    I think Hauptmann, in the very least, extorted the ransom money. He hadn’t worked in nearly 2 years, but still lived nicely & they found some of the money in his garage. Also once he was arrested, the spending of the ransom money stopped forever. He’d also been a petty burglar who had used a ladder in previous crimes back in his Native Germany. I don’t think they fried a totally innocent guy.
    I just wonder HOW the kidnapper knew to go to that house, that night. Was it just luck?

  5. Mrs.Gillis March 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    I had read that Lindbergh’s son was deformed and his father was upset he wasn’t perfect and he was involved with the kidnapping and his death.

  6. Roberta March 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    My mother was a young adult during this event. She has always said it was inside job, and that a mentally ill family member was the likely kidnapper. (Now I’ll read this account to see its ideas.)

  7. J.L. Simmons July 14, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    This is a very believable version his(Lindbergh) reputation would have been more tarnished than it already was due to his pro nazi-ism if he had killed his own child even accidentally or if there was something wrong with the child he probably felt that it didn’t deserve to live just like the nazis killed any child that wasn’t considered perfect along with those of Jewish heritage.

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