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March 1st 1932: Lindbergh baby kidnapped

On this day in 1932 the infant son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., was kidnapped. The child was taken from his family home in East Amwell, New Jersey in what became known as ‘The Crime of the Century’. A ransom note was left at the scene which demanded $50,000 from the infant’s wealthy family. The case attracted a huge media following and even President Herbert Hoover declared he would “move Heaven and Earth” to find the child. However, in a sad turn of events for which the nation grieved, the child’s body was found on May 12th 1932 not far from their home. The investigation into the crime lasted until 1936, when Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty of the murder and executed.