Historian and author Jim Davidson will present a program noting the many theories about what was one of the most highly publicized crimes of the 20th century. The kidnapping of the baby son of Aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh in March 1932 from their home near Hopewell gripped New Jersey and the nation. The child’s body was discovered two months later near the Lindbergh home. After a two year investigation, German ex-convict Bruno Hauptmann was arrested and charged with the crime. At the trial in Flemington, he was found guilty of first degree murder. Hauptmann proclaimed his innocence until the end and was executed in the electric chair of the New Jersey State Prison in 1936.
Davidson grew up in Flemington where he knew many people associated with the trial. He has one of the largest national collections of Lindbergh memorabilia and currently lives across the street from the Lindbergh estate.
Davidson recently completed a book titled “New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial” with co-author Mark Falzini, archivist of the New Jersey State Police Museum. Published by Arcadia Press, it contains many images related to the crime not seen since the 1930s. The book will be available for signing and sale at the program.
The program will be held at 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building. It is free and open to the public. Contributions to offset costs are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact the Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794.
The next evening program will be held on Thursday, March 14th when Dr. Stephen Schoeman will be speaking on Hurricane Sandy: We must now Think Dutch.