The investigation led to one of the most famous court cases in U.S. history and received a massive amount of media attention.
The son of Charles Lindbergh was found dead on this day in 1932. He was only 20 months old, and had been kidnapped from the Lindbergh’s family home on 1 March that same year. The body was discovered accidentally by a truck driver in some woods near a road, only around 7 km from his home.
The body was already semi-decomposed and there were traces of animal bites on it, which means it had been lying in the wild for some time. It was concluded that the cause of death was a blow to the head, received soon after the kidnapping. This means the body had been left to rot in the woods for over two months.
The investigation led to one of the most famous court cases in U.S. history and received a massive amount of media attention (it was sometimes called the Crime of the Century). Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty for the kidnapping and murder, and sentenced to death on the electric chair in 1936. He maintained he was innocent until the moment of his death.