Charles Augustus Lindbergh's Kidnapping

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Introduction The purpose of this report is to discuss and determine how the criminal justice system’s three main components of: police, courts, and corrections interrelated and were applied to the kidnapping case of the Lindbergh baby named Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20-month-old son of the famous aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who was kidnapped on March 1, 1932, from the nursery of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey. The investigation, which lasted more than two years, resulted in the arrest, conviction and execution of a man, who, even in the wake of death, did not confess and still causes people to consider that maybe he was innocent, of, at least, the murder of the infant and could have possibly been considered a…show more content…
The first mistake of the police of the police was not securing the crime scene. Footprints from the media crowd tainted the ability to gather proper investigative clues relative to fingerprints and footprints, since many of the prints were those of media personnel. Evidence collection acquired no fingerprints in the baby’s room, which should have cast great concern that maybe someone inside of the home had access and opportunity to “clean up” the evidence that may have presented another scenario. Police questioned and investigated residents and staff of the household, but were later deemed to be no longer suspects in the case. However, the police did not suspect or question the kidnapper-appointed mediator, Dr. Condon, who seemed to have easily developed a rapport with the kidnappers. Police did not consider that Dr. Condon may have been involved in the kidnapping, as I would suspect may have been the case in today’s police investigation. Dr. Condon insinuated himself into the case by publishing a letter in the newspaper? Dr. Condon further seemed to have easy access to the kidnappers and was the only person to have contact with the kidnappers. Additionally, all of the ransom letters were delivered to Dr. Condon. I would further suspect that the barrage of media attention may have caused police to focus on the one individual who was considered suspicious by a gas station attendant because he possessed a gold certificate and seemed suspicious, Bruno Richard Hauptmann . This was a high profile family and the public, law enforcement and the media were demanding answers and the police were obliged to give them a suspect, Bruno Hauptmann. The police should have investigated Dr. Condon’s interactions and involvement and possible participation in the actual crime. He certainly seemed to have knowledge that no one

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