Research Project

By: Ally Atkinson, 6th period, Mrs. Fisher

Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20 month old son of the famous aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped about 9:00 p.m., on March 1, 1932, from the nursery on the second floor of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey.

During the search at the kidnapping scene, mud traces were found on the floor of the nursery. Footprints were found under the nursery window. Two pieces of the ladder had been used in reaching the window, one of those two pieces was split or broken where it joined the other,showing that the ladder had broken during the process of getting up to the window or leaving the window. Unfortunately there were no blood stains or fingerprints in or outside the nursery.

A ransom note was found at the Lindbergh house demanding $50,000 which was a huge amount at the time. On April 2, Lindbergh and Condon ( a 72 year-old and resident of the Bronx) met a man claiming to be the kidnapper in a Bronx cemetery. Condon gave the man the ransom, $50,000 in marked U.S. gold certificates, which were to be no longer made in the 1933, making them hard to dispose of casually.

The kidnapper then produced a note saying Charles, Jr., was on a boat along the Massachusetts coast. Lindbergh flew over the region for days trying to locate the boat but it was never to be located.

Another ransom note was received by Colonel Lindbergh on March 6, 1932, in which the ransom demand was increased to $70,000. More and more notes kept showing up every day or so wanting more out of the Lindbergh's.

May 2 banks began to discover bills of the ransom money being spent. By October 19, FBI gained control over the case. August 20th more gold bills were found, which lead police to Hauptmann (the kidnapper). Hauptmann go arrested the 29th of September and indicted for murder of the Lindbergh baby the 8th of October.   

Bruno Hauptmann: Lindbergh baby kidnapper

Grant Wood: Famous artist from the 1930 with one his famous art works  

Grant Wood went to France to study about different types of art. He was very interested in the Renaissance style. One of his famous works of art was “the American Gothic” in which he describes life from his perspective; as life being tough to live in the Midwest.  His famous painting was “The American Gothic” was displayed in the Art institute of Chicago. He helped his community out by helping artists get through depression by teaching them new ways of art and life.

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Rahman, Samiha. “Art of the 1930’s.” The Great Depression 1930s. Learning Zone   Class,  aoat11, 22 Apr 2009

“Timeline of Events." The Lindbergh Baby. Lindbergh baby kidnapping.wikispaces.com

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