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Evidence

Kidnap ladder
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1. Kidnap ladder to the nursery window. The window below was to Colonel Lindbergh's den. The X marks the spot where the carpenter's chisel was found. (New Jersey State Police)
Ladder sketch
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2. Police found this sketch of a homemade ladder designed like the kidnap ladder in one of Hauptmann's notebooks. (New Jersey State Police)
Wood evidence
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3. Tool mark evidence connecting Hauptmann's plane with parts of the homemade kidnap ladder
Attick plank
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4. On September 26, 1934, the police found that a part of the kidnap ladder, rail 16, had been a floor plank in Hauptmann's attic. It is seen here in its former place. (Rail 16 is the board with the notch cut out of it.) The plank had been shortened and narrowed when fashioned into part of the ladder. (New Jersey State Police)

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5. Comparison of rail 16 and a board from Hauptmann's attic.

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6. Closeup of rail 16 showing 2 nail holes. These holes had nothing to do with the ladder - they had been in the board, along with two other nail holes, before the ladder had been made. These holes lined up perfectly with those found in the attic joists in Hauptmann's house.

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7. Dowel holes and dowel pin in kidnap ladder.

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8. Three sections of kidnap ladder (bottom section on left)

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9. Hauptmann's handplane found in his toolbox.
Ransom bill
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10. The ransom bill on Hauptmann's person when he was arrested in New York City
Ransom bill gas station
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11. The ten-dollar ransom bill passed by Hauptmann at the Warner-Quinlan gas station in upper Manhattan. One of the attendants penciled Hauptmann's license number - 4U13-41 - on the margin of the bill. This information broke the case and led to Hauptmann's arrest. (New Jersey State Police)
Cemetery John sketch
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12. "Cemetery John" - Sketch of the supposed kidnapper, prepared by the Department of Justice early in 1934, from composite description by Dr. Condon (Jafsie) and Joseph Perrone, the cab driver who delivered a note from the kidnapper to Condon. (International News Photo)
Baby's body
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13. The Lindbergh baby as found on May 12, 1932, two miles from the Lindbergh estate.
Baby's body
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14. The baby's remains were discovered May 12, 1932, in the woods two miles from his home. Three points of identity are featured. (New Jersey State Police)
Baby's body
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15. The baby's grave site in the woods on Mount Rose Heights two miles from the Lindbergh estate along the Princeton-Hopewell road. (New Jersey State Police)

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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA 16444
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