Posted Oct 01, 2008 02:00 pm CDT
Nearly $14,000 in gold certificates—part of a $50,000 ransom—was found in the garage of the Bronx home of Bruno Hauptmann, a German-born carpenter (pictured above in court). A piece of floorboard from Hauptmann’s attic was alleged to have been part of the ladder used in the crime.
Found guilty after a six-week trial, he was offered life imprisonment in return for a confession. However, Hauptmann steadfastly claimed innocence and, on April 3, 1936, was put to death in the electric chair.