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Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping | [Robert Zorn]

Cemetery John: The Undiscovered Mastermind Behind the Lindbergh Kidnapping

For 75 years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann - electrocuted in 1936 - acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the crime, the trial, and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case. Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century".
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013

Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013

For 75 years, the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's infant son has gone unsolved. Evidence, opinion, and logic have discredited the notion that Bruno Richard Hauptmann - electrocuted in 1936 - acted alone. In this meticulous and authoritative account of the crime, the trial, and the times of the Lindbergh kidnapping, Robert Zorn clears away decades of ungrounded speculation surrounding the case. Inspired by his father's relationship with the actual accomplices - including the mastermind - he presents the clearest ever picture of a criminal partnership, which would shake every class and culture of American society.

Using personal possessions and documents, never-before-seen photographs, new forensic evidence, and extensive research, Robert Zorn has written a shocking and captivating account of the crime and the original "Trial of the Century".

From the ecstatic riots that followed the Spirit of St. Louis on either side of the Atlantic, to the tragic night that would shake America's sense of security, to the horror of the New Jersey morgue where Lindbergh insisted on verifying the identity of his son, Zorn's skillful treatment meets this larger-than-life story and gives it definitive shape - revealing the true story behind the crime for the first time.

©2012 Robert Zorn (P)2012 Tantor

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    MJ Tucson, AZ, United States 12-13-12
    MJ Tucson, AZ, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great listen!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cemetery John to be better than the print version?

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    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very interesting book that carefully weaves the life of the great airman, his family and the questionable characters highlighted. Detailed and thorough investigation and a captivating performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 04-03-13
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great theory about the Linbergh kidnapping!"

    I was concerned that being a historical book it would be dull, but it was a really well thought out story with some extremely interesting insight into the Linbergh kidnapping. I never knew much about this particular event, but the information is laid out well and unfolding beautifully to keep you interested.

    The narrator does a fantastic job which certainly helps hold the listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Adams Ontario 08-19-12
    Nicole Adams Ontario 08-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "DIgging deep into a well-trod mystery"
    Would you listen to Cemetery John again? Why?

    I would listen again to immerse myself in the author's tale for his evocation of the time period and the Lindbergh frenzy that existed. His attention to detail and theory of the crime were enthralling.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Although this is a non-fiction book, the way he narrated it wasn't dry or boring - he made me believe the story and want to read more narrated by him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I didn't want to put it down and looked forward to picking it up again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 09-20-12
    Kevin SCOTTSVILLE, VA, United States 09-20-12
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    Would you try another book from Robert Zorn and/or Sean Runnette?

    Possibly. The story had a lot of gaps and this wasn't my favorite narrator, but it was ok.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it just faded slowly away. Nothing to spoil here.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine. I wasn't as engaged by the narrator as I have been with other titles, but narration wasn't a negative.


    Do you think Cemetery John needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I really don't think there was actually enough "hard" information to write the first book. I was anticipating proof of a co-conspirator and I am not sure I got it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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