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A Treasury of 20th Century Murder: the Lindbergh Child

by Rick Geary

Publisher: NBM

Format: Hardcover, 6x9, black & white, $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-56163-529-0

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up—Geary brings his excellent and attractive pen-and-ink style to this fascinating account of an infamous case of the early 1930s. In March of 1932, the child of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped from his parents' home in Hopewell, NJ, and the family began to receive a series of ransom notes. However, the subsequent investigation turned up very few plausible leads, and when the child's remains were found, the case became one of murder. Although the suspected killer was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death, many questions about his guilt—and about the nature of the crime itself—remain to this day. Using well-researched text and appealing art, Geary expertly recounts the crime's setting, the colorful characters involved (on both sides of the law), the communication between the kidnapper and Lindbergh, and the evidence both for and against Richard Hauptmann, the murder suspect. A good example of the origins of modern forensics, crime-scene investigation, and celebrity hysteria, this work is an excellent choice for most collections.—Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY