Thursday, August 11, 2016

THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING CASE: ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS



Since the book Jim Dedman and I wrote on the Lindbergh Kidnapping case is coming out on September 15, I thought it might be good to post an annotated table of contents for the book to let folks know what it's about.

THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING CASE:
A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE TRIAL OF BRUNO RICHARD HAUPTMANN

ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction, page ix—Sets the parameters of the book, sets its objects, and describes our methodology.

Dramatis Personae, page xiii—Introduces the main actors in the case.

CHAPTER 1: The Kidnapping, page 1—Describes the circumstances of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the ensuing investigation, and the arrest of Bruno Richard Hauptmann.

CHAPTER 2: Extraditing Hauptmann, page 11—Describes Hauptmann’s extradition hearing in the Bronx and critiques the performance of the lawyers.

CHAPTER 3: Preparing the Prosecution Case, page 33—Analyzes the evidence available to the prosecution, describes how it was marshalled, and discusses the problems confronting the prosecution team. Introduces a modular system for evidentiary analysis and presentation.

CHAPTER 4: Preparing the Defense, page 69—Analyzes the evidence available to the defense, decribes how it was marshalled, and discusses the problems confronting the defense team.

CHAPTER 5: The Prosecution Case, page 77—Describes and critiques how the prosecution case was presented.

CHAPTER 6: The Defense Case, Part 1: Hauptmann Testifies, page 135—Discusses the wisdom of calling Hauptmann as a witness, discusses strategies for handling his testimony on both direct and cross-examination, and describes how his testimony was delivered in court.

CHAPTER 7: The Defense Case, Part 2: Reasonable Doubts, page 177—Critiques the various theories of innocence presented by the defense, dividing the defense into modules, and discussing how they may have been better presented.

CHAPTER 8: Summing Up the Case, page 239—Discusses and critiques the final arguments delivered by the prosecution and defense.

CHAPTER 9: Verdict and Aftermath, page 291—Describes the post-conviction litigation of the case up to and including Hauptmann’s execution.

APPENDIX A: Timeline, page 331—Fits the various facts presented by the prosecution and defense into a timeline demonstrating the conflicts between the two theories presented at trial.

APPENDIX B: Proof Modules, page 351—Lists the prosecution proof modules in alphabetical order with a listing of the supporting witnesses and a summary of their testimony.

APPENDIX C: Points on Appeal, page 367—Sets out the points raised in Hauptmann’s appeal and the Court’s ruling on those points.

Table of Cases, page 373

Bibliography, page 375

Index, page 379