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Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. was born on June 22, 1930 to Charles and Anne Lindbergh in New Jersey, USA.
20 month old Charles was kidnapped from his second floor bedroom the evening of March 1, 1932, between the hours of 8:00pm and 10:00pm. Police were immediately notified, and a crude wooden ladder was found leading up to the nursery window outside the house. Left on the windowsill was an envelope containing a crudely written ransom note, demanding $50,000 for return of the baby.
On March 4, a second letter was received in the mail, upping the demand to $70,000, and scolding Charles for calling the police. On the evening of April 2, John F. Condon, a friend of Lindbergh's who agreed to be a go-between, delivered $70,000 in marked gold certificate bills to the unknown kidnapper, receiving a hand-written note indicating where the baby could be found.
Baby Charles could not be located at the indicated place in the note. On May 12, 73 days after the kidnapping, the body of an infant was found in the woods four miles from the Lindbergh home. Identified as Charles, Jr. the cause of death was determined as a massive fracture of the skull, apparently delivered the night he was kidnapped.
In September 1934, Richard Hauptmann was arrested after the ransom money was found in his garage. The man was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr, and was executed in the electrical chair on April 3, 1936. RIP Charles.
June 22, 1930 - March 2, 1932
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