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12 Bruno Hauptmann vs Charles Lindbergh 1934 In 1927 the headlines screamed the news that Charles Augustus Lindbergh had flown across the Atlantic Ocean On May 20 1927 Lindbergh took off from the Roosevelt Field in New York on a plane named the Spirit of St Louis He crossed the Atlantic Ocean in thirty-three and a half hours covering 3600 miles in his journey and landed in Paris This trip was to be rewarded with a small sum of 25000 When he returned to the US he was considered a national hero and was presented with a Congressional Medal of Honor He was nicknamed the Lone Eagle Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4 1902 in Detroit Michigan He studied mechanical engineering enrolled in flight school completed army flight training and worked as an airmail pilot After he completed his first well-known trip across the Atlantic he made a non-stop solo flight from Washington DC to Mexico City In Mexico City he met and fell in love with Anne Morrow who at the time was the daughter of the United States ambassador to Mexico Dwight Morrow Lindbergh and Morrow got married and Anne became a co-pilot and a navigator making a series of flights alongside her husband during the 1930s The pair became very well-known and were often bothered by admirers and the press They then built a 20 room stone house for about 50 000 It was located in a secluded area in New Jersey and they assumed that no one knew where it was They were supposed to return to Annes parents on a Sunday but decided to stay a few more nights in their new home because Charles Jr now almost two years old was suffering from a cold On Tuesday March 1 1932 their son was kidnapped It happened sometime between eight and ten PM The kidnapper had used a hand crafted ladder to take the baby from its
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