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Cemetery John : The Undiscovered MasterMind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping
by Robert Zorn and John Douglas and Mark Olshaker


Overview - For seventy-five years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann --electrocuted in 1936 --acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the crime, the trial, and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case.  Read more...

 
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Overview
For seventy-five years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann --electrocuted in 1936 --acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the crime, the trial, and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case. Inspired by his father's relationship with the actual accomplices --including the mastermind --he presents the clearest ever picture of a criminal partnership, which would shake every class and culture of American society. Using personal possessions and documents, never-before seen photographs, new forensic evidence, and extensive research, Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century."
From the ecstatic riots that followed the Spirit of St. Louis on either side of the Atlantic, to the tragic night that would shake America's sense of security, to the horror of the New Jersey morgue where Lindbergh insisted on verifying the identity of his son, Zorn's skillful treatment meets this larger-than-life story and gives it definitive shape --revealing the true story behind the crime, for the first time.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590208564
  • ISBN-10: 1590208560
  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Publish Date: June 2012
  • Page Count: 317
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-04-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

Eighty years after the kidnapping of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s baby from their Englewood, N.J., home, the case still raises questions, ones Zorn ably examines through an unusual lens. Zorn’s father, Eugene, believed he had overheard Bruno Hauptman—the only man convicted for the crime—and a co-conspirator plotting the kidnapping. Eugene had grown up in the South Bronx, down the block from German immigrant John Knoll, with whom he was friendly. Months before the kidnapping, Eugene overheard Knoll, his brother Walter, and another German, identified only as “Bruno,” discussing in German something about “Englewood.” More details fell into place for Eugene: the ransom notes’ odd stamps fit with Knoll’s penchant for stamp collecting; Knoll’s physical characteristics matched the description of the man who met the Lindberghs’ representative for the cemetery ransom handoff, and identified himself as “John”; and modern handwriting analysis indicates similarities between Knoll’s handwriting and the writing in the ransom notes. Retelling the by now familiar story of Charlie Lindbergh’s kidnapping, Zorn imbues it with novelistic suspense. Even if Zorn doesn’t definitively prove that Knoll, who died in 1980, was the crime’s mastermind and Hauptmann’s accomplice, he makes a strong case. Illus. Agent: William Callahan, Inkwell Management. (June)

 
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