Lindbergh Baby Case

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The Lindbergh baby case was a big case for its time, and I’m going to be discussing how the three core components of the criminal justice system played into the case. The three core components are police, courts and corrections. I will also discuss how other things were applied to this case like sentencing and the preliminary hearing.
The Lindbergh baby case was a case that was open for 2 years, during that time police and Federal law enforcement were trying their hardest to find the missing Lindbergh baby, and punish the kidnapper. On the initial night of the kidnapping in March of 1932, there was a ransom note found in the baby’s crib, asking for money and indicating the baby was in good hands. With how times were back then, the police did what they could with the resources they had, though it wasn’t enough as the baby’s body was found only 2 months after the investigation started, with evidence pointing to that the baby was murdered the night of the kidnapping. For the next 2 years police used their expertise in narrowing down suspects, when finally they received a bunch of hits on the ransom money. The dedication of the police force finally prevailed in the arresting of Bruno Richard Hauptman.
Hauptman was indicted in September 1934, on charges for extortion, and again in October 1934 for murder. The courts took over and his trial began January 3rd, 1935 and lasted five weeks. The case was built on circumstantial evidence such as handwritten ransom notes found, and the clear match between samples of his handwriting and the handwriting found on the original ransom notes. On February 13, 1935, the jury found Hauptman guilty of first degree murder, his sentence was death.
It took a little over an entire year for the sentence to be carried out, during that time he spent his last year inside of prison walls. Later in the year of 1935 he tried to make an appeal…...

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