Precedents

October 8, 1934


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.

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