The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax
Anna Schoeffler Hauptmann
Anna Schoeffler married Richard Hauptmann in 1925, two years before The Lone Eagle's historic flight and seven years before the disappearance of the aviator's son. She was introduced to him by a friend, Lena Aldinger.
Police quickly agreed that Anna had nothing to do with the crime. But, the police believed she was naive in accepting her husband's story.
Anna's testimony completely backed up her husband's story .
When told that March 1 was a Tuesday, she said Richard had been with her at Fredericksen's Bakery, (owned by Katie and Christian Fredericksen) where she worked every Tuesday evening.
She always worked late on Tuesdays and Richard (no one ever called him Bruno) usually met her there to take her home.
On April 2, the evening of the ransom drop-off in the Bronx cemetery, she had been with Richard and Hans Kloeppenburg for their "musical evening."
On November 26, 1933, the day a ticket taker, Cecile Barr, claimed that Hauptmann had purchased a ticket from her
in a Greenwhich Village, Loewe's movie house
with a ransom bill , Anna said it was her husband's birthday and that she always threw a little birthday party for him.
How could he have been in a Greenwhich Village movie house if he was attending his own birthday party?
Anna strongly believed in her husband's innocence until her death in October of 1994.
She and her attorney, Robert Bryan of San Francisco, made numerous appeals to reopen her husband's case.
Finally in defeat, she was advised by New Jersey Gov. James Florio that history would have to judge whether Richard had been framed by the NJ Police in 1935.
Although she had been unable to help her husband escape the death penalty, she devoted the rest of her life claiming his innocence. In an interview in 1981, she said,
"...Some of them - they know they were lying. They knew they were lying."
She died on October 10, 1994......waiting for "history"!
Obituary of Anna Hauptmann
- Anna Hauptmann, the widow of the man executed for the kidnaping and
murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son, has died.
death Oct. 10 in New Holland, Pa., was reported this week by the
New Era newspaper, a nearby neighborhood publication.
insisted for more than 60 years that Bruno Richard Hauptmann was
She had spent much of her life trying in vain to clear her husband of
what was called the Crime of the Century: the 1932 killing of the
a German immigrant carpenter, was accused of kidnapping the
Lindbergh boy from his nursery in Hopewell, N.J. He denied it, and his
"God knows that my husband was innocent,"
said in 1986 in one of
1994/ The Times Mirror Company
Anna Hauptmann Quote
submitted by Michael Melsky on the LKH Forum
From "Proclaimed His Innocence" by Robert Bryan:
Mrs. Anna Hauptmann, the 94 year-old widow of Richard Hauptmann, said to me this afternoon:
"My Richard was not involved in what happened to that poor little Lindbergh child in New Jersey. Richard and I were together that night in New York. We did not know about the kidnapping until the next day. People must not forget that my Richard was innocent. They know in New Jersey that he was innocent.
I just re-read again Richard's last letter to me written just before he died. He begged for the truth. And they did such terrible things to him in that prison. I know he is with God. All these 57 years has not been living. I pray to God. The most important thing is that God knows the truth. I beg Gov. Jim Florio to do the right thing, and clear Richard's name. I want to die knowing that the truth was finally recognized."
States District Court,
T. WILENTZ, et al., Defendants.
of individual convicted and executed for 1932 kidnapping of infant son of famous
aviator brought civil rights act suit against the then
state prosecutor, state police officers and others seeking declaratory and
monetary relief for alleged violations of widow's and husband's constitutional
rights. Defendants moved to dismiss.
The District Court, Lacey, J., held that:
(1) prosecutor had absolute immunity on claims that he used false,
perjured or misleading testimony and concealed exculpatory evidence;
(2) prosecutor had qualified immunity from liability for alleged
authorization of illegal wiretapping and eavesdropping as part of investigative
process; (3) other claims against
prosecutor were timely barred by limitations or were not alleged with sufficient
specificity; (4) claimant failed to
satisfy the "color of state law" requirement as regards claims against
publisher who hired chief defense counsel;
(5) no claim was made out under civil rights conspiracy statutes based on
denial of equal protection by virtue of national origin discrimination against
husband, a German immigrant; (6)
claims against FBI agent were dismissible on immunity or pleading deficiency
grounds; (7) claims against state
police officers were time-barred, suffered from pleading deficiencies or
involved matters of immunity; (8)
there was no tolling of the statutes of limitations;
and (9) civil rights act suit could not be used to overturn conviction.
Letter to the New Jersey Historical Museum in East Brunswick
submitted to the LKH Public Forum by
Dear Mr. Runyon:
I received your letter & I want to thank you very much. Well do I remember when I was at the Museum & that I stayed with Mrs. Auer. I also met Mrs. Edna Auer, both Ladies were so kind to me, & I often think about them. I also remember that you were the one who discovered the missing papers which meant so much. Daily I hope & pray that Richards name would be cleared, he was as innocent as you & I. If Governor Florio would stand up for the truth & declare my Husband was innocent the public, the whole world would look up to him, admire him. he would be a greater Hero then Col. Lindbergh because he had the courage to stand up for the truth.
I wrote, I begged your Governor if I could see him, the answer was no. ["no" is underlined.] He had no time for Anna Hauptmann or was he afraid to hear the truth? I still pray for him. Every witness for the prosecution lied. they swore on the Bible to tell the truth. they lied. some were paid to lie. Col. Lindbergh lied. he never heard my Husband
say hi Doctor because Richard was never there.
They All ["All" is underlined] have to stand before God some day. When I die I do not have to be afraid. I always told the truth. I always will. God is with me & he gives me the strength to carry on this bitter fight. I will never give up to fight for the truth. My Husband did not kidnap the Lindberg Baby.
Sincerely, Anna Hauptmann"
Mrs. Hauptmann Loses Bid to Remove Judge
The National Law Journal
January 31, 1983
The 84-year-old widow of the man executed in 1936 for the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby lost a bid in the Supreme Court last week to disqualify the judge hearing her $100 million wrongful death suit.
Without comment, the justices refused to hear Anna Hauptmann's plea for the disqualification of U.S. District Judge Frederick Lacey of Newark, N.J. Mrs. Hauptmann claimed that the judge has a conflict of interest because he once practiced law with one of the lawyers who helped prosecute the case against her husband.
The judge said he had "no basis" on which to disqualify himself, and the 3d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to upset his decision.
Mrs. Hauptmann is suing former prosecutor David Wilentz, the state of New Jersey, the Hearst newspaper chain and others for the $100 million. She claims they knew that her husband, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, was innocent and that they withheld evidence that would have resulted in his acquittal. (NLJ, 2-8-82.)
to the LKH Public Forum
She didn't know a thing
May 2, 2003
From Anna Hauptmann's biography, kindly sent to me by Mark Falzini:
"On Christmas (1934) I was permitted to go into see Richard (in the Flemington jail) and to take the baby in to see him but I was not permitted to send him any presents. Christmas night I was overjoyed to receive through the hands of (defense lawyer Lloyd) Fisher a Christmas present from Richard. When he was taken to New Jersey he had only $1.25 in his possession. The day before Christmas, I later found out, he had called Mr. Fisher to his cell and asked him if would do a personal favor for him, one beyond his duties as a lawyer and Mr. Fisher told him he would be happy to. Richard told Mr. Fisher that he had $1.25 down in the warden's office and wished Mr. Fisher would get that money and go out and buy a Christmas present for me and the baby. He told Mr. Fisher that it would not be sufficient to get any very nice presents but hoped he would get the baby something made of wood to play with and Mrs. Hauptmann a string of ripe figs because she was so fond of them and any other little thing that the money might buy. I later found out that Mr. Fisher did not take the $1.25 which Richard had in the warden's office but did go out and buy the things which Richard mentioned together with a few other little things, went back to the jail to get Richard to sign a Christmas greeting to me and then had them delivered to the boarding house where I was staying. It is impossible for me to say what pleasure I got from these presents although tears mingled with joy when I thought of the many happy Christmases we had spent together. To do a thing like this was so like Richard..."
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