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Great Babies of History
Posted April 09, 2010 to photo album "Great Babies of History"
With Babies in theaters, we take look back on some of the most memorable babies of all time.
Slide 13: Child of Crime - The Lindbergh baby
During the first part of 1932, undoubtedly one of the most famous babies in the United States was Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. This was not from anything the son of the famed aviator had done, but rather because on March 1, 1932, the 20-month-old infant was kidnapped from Lindbergh’s New Jersey estate. For months, the crime was front page news, even making the cover of Time Magazine. Even after the child’s corpse was found on May 12, 1932, buried in the ground not from the family’s home, the crime continued to haunt the American psyche. Thirty months after the kidnapping, the FBI arrested Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who was then convicted and executed for the crime––even though questions about his innocence persisted. During that time, the story never strayed far from the front page, making it, as humorous H. L. Mencken quipped, “the biggest story since the resurrection.”