Thursday, August 16, 2012
Cemetery John by Robert Zorn
Millions were shocked and outraged upon hearing the news that the baby son of Charles Lindbergh, beloved aviator and hero, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh had been snatched from his crib and held for ransom, only later to be found dead. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was eventually arrested, convicted and executed as the sole perpetrator of the kidnapping and murder. Over the years many have speculated that Hauptmann surely could not have carried out this crime alone without the assistance from others. And so with Zorn’s painstaking research and investigation arising from his father’s rekindled memories as a teenager living in the Bronx believing he was acquainted with the men who might have been responsible for the infamous deed, we are now closer to identifying at least one more conspirator.
I could not put this book down. With gripping suspense Zorn skillfully reconstructs the kidnapping on that fateful evening. He goes on to describe in chilling detail the ransom meetings held clandestinely within the walls of a deserted cemetery. I was further riveted by the account of Hauptmann’s circus-like trial, a stark contrast to today’s courtroom proceedings. Whether you are a True Crime enthusiast or not don’t pass this one up.
If Cemetery John whets your appetite for more books about unsolved crimes, then try The Cases that Haunt Us by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker who together wrote the introduction to Cemetery John. Search the VBPL catalog for additional intriguing True Crime stories.