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The Lindbergh kidnapping
Campbell, Geoffrey A.
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San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, [2003]

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96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction: "...On the front page of a newspaper" -- The crime of the century -- A trail of dead ends and false leads -- An avalanche of evidence -- "Where are they getting these witnesses?" -- "We find the defendant...guilty."
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.0 4.0 69858.
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On a windy winter night in 1932, someone kidnapped the baby of Charles A. Lindbergh, one of the most famous men in the world. The sensational trial that followed, known as the Trial of the Century, sparked worldwide controversy and debate that still continue to this day.

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Gr 9 Up-This study covers the 1932 kidnapping/murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. and the subsequent arrest and trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. Campbell devotes two chapters to the crime and its investigation and three to the trial, appeals, and execution. The book includes black-and-white photos, a map, numerous quotes, a time line, and annotated bibliographies. There are a number of errors and omissions, an inadequate index, a lack of specific dates (especially in the first chapter), and some internal inconsistencies. The trial descriptions repeat much of the material from the earlier part of the book and follow a dull "then he said, then he testified, then he sought" format. The author doesn't place the kidnapping in the context of the times (it was a common crime; from 1929 to 1932 the U.S. had 2500 such cases). Judith Edwards's The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping in American History (Enslow, 2000), which overlaps in audience, is thorough and avoids Campbell's awkward crime/trial separation.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 4
Introduction: "On the Front Page of a Newspaper"p. 7
Chapter 1 The Crime of the Centuryp. 10
Chapter 2 A Trail of Dead Ends and False Leadsp. 25
Chapter 3 An Avalanche of Evidencep. 40
Chapter 4 An Attempt to Cast Doubtp. 55
Chapter 5 "We Find the Defendant ... Guilty"p. 69
Notesp. 83
Timelinep. 86
For Further Readingp. 89
Works Consultedp. 90
Indexp. 93
Picture Creditsp. 96
About the Authorp. 96