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Was Hauptmann at the Lindbergh Home With These Others on the Night of the Kidnaping?
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DEFENSE DEFIED
TO NAME PLOTTERS
Prosecutor Says It Is
Reilly's Duty to Bare
Details Now.
(Continued From First Page.)
the baby's nurse, he declined to make
answer. He did, however, mention
"Red" Johnson, who is no longer in
this country, as follows:
"Miss Gow was on more or less
friendly terms with Red Johnson, who
was aiound Englewood (where the
Lindberghs spent part of their time).
He was examined at the time of the
crime. However, X do not want to
see him."
The lawyer commented, in passing,
that Miss Gow "showed no hysteria,
crying or the usual symptoms a woman
would normally show when a child to
which she was closely attached is
stolen. She was cold."
Flemington Calm.
Flemington itself sighed with relief
today at the prospect of a week end
considerably calmer than the past few
days, with their popping flash bulbs,
the rushing of messenger boys and
the constant crowding on the court
house steps.
Most of the principals of the trial,
Including defense and State counsel,
have departed to spend the week end
shaping the courses of action for next
week.
Reilly, at his Brooklyn conference,
(aid:
"We intend to use three grôups of
witnesses to free Hauptmann. One
group will establish a complete alibi.
A second will Involve handwriting ex
perts. The third will be made up ol
fingerprint experts.
"I have felt all along that Haupt
mann would get off. From the be
ginning I have believed that there
was more than one person In this
crime, yet the indictment names
Hauptmann exclusively.
"All the surrounding circumstances
indicate that Col. Lindbergh and his
wife were imposed upon by some one
in the household. Yesterday, for
example, it was brought out in the
testimony that the baby was un
accustomed to strangers and that no
one had access to the child except
those connected with the household."
Reilly Is Satisfied.
Reilly expressed satisfaction with
the results of his long croes-examina
tion yesterday of Lindbergh. He said
the flyer was "a perfect witness for
our side."
Hauptmann himself will be the first
witness when the defense gets Its
chance, Reilly said. The prisoner,
pale as a ghost now and lean-faced
j almost to the point of emaciation,
! has been studying at odd moments to
! improve his English diction. While
he has been in America more thap
10 years, he speaks with a pronounced
accent and is sometimes difficult to
understand.
Hauptmann, who has been tignt
lipped during all the weeks he has
besn in custody—first of New York
police and later of New Jersey
authorities—had one comment to
make after listening for hours to the
examination and cnfcs-examination of
Lindbergh. . „ „
"It is terrible to kill a baby,
Hauptmann told Reilly. "Whoever did
it is a terrible person."
Reilly said Hauptmann was ter
ribly moved" by the recital of the
sorrow that visited the Sourland Hills
home of the Lindberghs the night of
M-He is 1 cheerful, though." Reilly
added, "because he knows he is
innocent."
Ladder Is Important.
One of the important pieces of evi
dence in the State's case is the ladder
found outside the Lindbergh home
the night of the kidnaping. It has
bolstered the theory that a kidnaper
climbed to a nursery window, took tne
baby from his crib, and descended
Asked about the ladder today, Reilly
said it was "just scenery," implying
that it may have been placed where
it was found to turn suspicion away
from the actual means of kidnaping.
"It was more or less a plant,' he
added.
Reilly was asked to elaborate on hie
plans for fingerprint testimony. He
said he will introduce six experts, all
of whom will testify that the ransom
notes were not written by Hauptmann.
One of the six experts is a specialist
in Teutonic handwriting.
Hauptmann was not advised today
of his mother's comments on the trial
as given to an Associated Près» writer
in Kamenz, Germany. Reasserting her
conviction that her son is innocent,
Frau Hauptmann said she thought
his arrest was the work of enemies
who want to destroy his life because
they envy his happy marriage."
Theories of Kidnaping.
Two theories, one already sharply
outlined by evidence, and the other
still vague and hastily sketched—give
the Hauptmann jury totally different
pictures of how the child was kid
In the State's hypothesis Haupt
mann is the arch-criminal who, single
handed, abducted and murdered the
baby, taking the child from its nursery
crib down the kidnap ladder and away
to the spot, near Mount Rose, where
he buried the little body in a shallow
grave.
The German ex-convict plays an
entirely different role in the indicated
defense reconstruction of the case. He
is the innocent victim of circum
stances, being tried for a crime which
was committed by two men and two
women who perpetrated the kidnap
ing by carryng the baby down the
stairs through the house and out a
ground-floor door.
The State has already painstakingly
presented the initial evidence on
which it relies to prove its conten
tion Hauptmann climbed up to the
nursery window, stole the baby, took
it down the ladder, and then fled.
Imprints of Ladder.
The expertly fashioned kidnap lad
der has not yet been produced in
court for evidence, but Lindbergh, and
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Charles Williamson of the Hopewell
police, have both described how they
found the abandoned ladder a short
distance from the house.
Both, too, have told of seeing the
imprints of the ends of the ladder
made in the soft clay soil under the
southeast window of the nursery, and
of the footprints around those impres
sions. Williamson also recalled how
the footprints led from that spot un
der tne window to the abandoned
ladder.
Lindbergh and the police officer
likewise tallied in their description of
the condition of the nursery, how
the ransom note was found on the
window sill, the muddy footprint on
the suitcase under the southeast win
dow, and other prints leading across
the rug to the empty crib.
The shutters of the kidnap window
were open, they agreed, but the win
dow itself had been carefully closed—
a point which the defense stressed
repeatedly in its cross examination
of the two witnesses.
Still unnamed is the shadowy ghost
of the Hauptmann case, Xsador Fisch,
the consumptive business partner of
the defendant, who died in Germany
early in 1934. Fisch is Hauptmann's
alibi for the ransom money found in
his possession. "Fisch gave it to me,"
is the alien's stubbornly reiterated
contention.
Whether any of these characters
named by the defense will be listed In
the kidnap band of plotters Reilly
says he will name next week is a
matter for speculation. There is
strong belief in some quarters that
the tubercular Fisch, Violet Sharpe
and Ollie Whateley, all dead, will
figure prominently in the defense con
struction of the four-person kidnap
theory.
VISITS CONDON HOME.
Breckenridge Calls but "Jafsie" Is
Believed Absent.
NEW YORK, January 5 (/F).—Col.
Henry Breckinridge, attorney for Col.
Chârles A. Lindbergh and one of those
closely associated with the ransom
negotiations for the Lindbergh baby
in 1932, visited the home of Dr. J. F.
Condon (Jafsie) tonight and re
mained there for some time.
The elderly Bronx educator paid
out )50,000 on behalf of Lindbergh
on the night he made his famous
journey to a Bronx cemetery.
Some mystery was attached to
Breckinridge's visit and the lawyer,
when questioned, said he had no
statement to make.
Dr. Condon was not believed to be
at this home. His close friend, A1
Reich, the former heavyweight boxer,
said he did not know when Dr. Con
don, who has been in Taunton, Mass.,
would return.
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which figured In the first two days of testimony of the Hauptmann
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Across the top of the page arc the likenesses il) of Bruno Hauptmann,
charged with the crime of murder of the Lindbergh baby; (2) Mrs.
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off a chair, and which may have been the breaking ladder. They went
upstairs about 9:10 and Col. Lindbergh bathed and then came down to
the library, directly under the nursery. Mrs, Lindbergh prepared to
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the kitchen from supper until about 10 o'clock, when his wife came
downstairs. She and Betty Oow had been sitting together in a bed room,
or servants' living room, from 9 to 10 o'clock. It was shortly after 10
10 o'clock that Betty Gow discovered the baby had been kidnaped, and
gave the alarm.
No. 10 shows the exterior of the house, with the ladder against the
shutter of the nursery. No. 11, the baby's clothing, worn at the time
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