• Hauptmann's Ladder

  • A Step-by-Step Analysis of the Lindbergh Kidnapping
  • By: Richard T. Cahill Jr.
  • Narrated by: Jim Seitz
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Hauptmann's Ladder

By: Richard T. Cahill Jr.
Narrated by: Jim Seitz
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Winner of Foreword Reviews' Gold INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, True Crime.

In 1936, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. Almost all of America believed Hauptmann guilty; only a few magazines and tabloids published articles questioning his conviction. In the ensuing decades, many books about the Lindbergh case have been published. Some have declared Hauptmann the victim of a police conspiracy and frame-up, and one posited that Lindbergh actually killed his own son and fabricated the entire kidnapping to mask the deed. Because books about the crime have been used as a means to advance personal theories, the truth has often been sacrificed and readers misinformed.

Hauptmann's Ladder is a testament to the truth that counters the revisionist histories all too common in the true crime genre. Author Richard T. Cahill Jr. puts the "true" back in "true crime," providing credible information and undistorted evidence that enables listeners to form their own opinions and reach their own conclusions.

Cahill presents conclusions based upon facts and documentary evidence uncovered in his 20 years of research. Using primary sources and painstakingly presenting a chronological reconstruction of the crime and its aftermath, he debunks false claims and explodes outrageous theories, while presenting evidence that has never before been revealed. Hauptmann's Ladder is a meticulously researched examination of the Lindbergh kidnapping that restores and preserves the truth of the crime of the century.

The audiobook is published by The Kent State University Press.

©2014 The Kent State University Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

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Very good overview of the case!

Very well researched and written! Highly recommend for anyone interested in the case.
Two recommendations for improving:
1. Kennedy used Condon’s audio of Cemetery John in a BBC documentary. The audio still exists despite Cahill claiming it doesn’t.
2. With so much emphasis on the inconsistencies of Condon, why take as truth Condon’s conversation in German with Hauptmann that the truth will set you free? “Jafsie Tells All” is so far-fetched, it’s comical.

Regardless, very well done!!!!

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Very detailed account

This is a very detailed account of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder. it’s quite long but I found it interesting. Many parts were repetitive but needed to be as they were retold in the trial. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind who committed this crime.

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Great Read

I learned a few things I was unaware of while listening. My Grandma now deceased did not believe Hauptmann was guilty and she lived in Chicago. Would love to hear her thoughts after this book.

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Hauptmann Guilty! There's no doubt!

This book is not for conspiracy theorists. There is no doubt that Bruno Richard Hauptmann kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.

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The Detailed Story of The Crime of The Century

For those of us who have been aware of the kidnapping of Baby Lindbergh and have read and seen varying claims of Hauptmann's guilt this audio presents the ultimate solution in great detail. Superbly written and narrated in a way that is pleasing to a British ear (many American narrators speak too fast or are difficult to understand) Jim Seltz's moderaton is nicely paced and pleasing to listen to.

The story itself is a strong factual and honest presentation of all the facts in great detail and answers many of the grey
areas. I won't divulge the storyline but Richard Cahill does not leave the details or outcome hanging. - he is clear in his ultimate judgement as the facts are examined.

I couldn't wait to keep listening to this audio book and I can thoroughly recommend it.