The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax
Dr. Shoenfeld's Crackpot Theories
Who Was Cemetery "John" ?
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INTRO & CHAPTER ONE by DR DUDLEY SHOENFELD (PDF Adobe)
THE CRIME AND THE CRIMINAL : A Psychiatric Study of the Lindbergh Case 1936
Did Jafsie Originally Identify Hauptmann? Liberty Mag 4/11/1936 (PDF)
Dr. Condon supposedly corresponded with a man at two cemeteries. Jafsie (His initials were JFC) said the man told him his name was John. The police released a description of "Cemetery John" for the newspapers
"Age, 30 to 35; height, 5 feet 9 inches; athletic build;
speaks with Scandinavian or German accent; 150 to 160 pounds;
rather light complexion; medium light hair; sharp almond eyes; high forehead; pointed chin;
when last seen, wore soft brown hat, long black overcoat of light fabric, and black leather shoes."
The police also put a psychiatrist to work ( a friend of Walter Winchell's) analyzing the supposed character of John. Dr. Schoenfeld believed Cemetery John was German. He said that John possessed some kind of mechanical skill and most certainly constructed the kidnap ladder at home.
Dr. Schoenfeld also believed that John thought of himself as unconquerable because he wrote 14 ransom demands!
And in the letters, he always argued. For instance, he argued how Lindbergh could spend so much time looking for other suspects when John was the one. He also would probably carry some of the ransom money with him to show he was powerful and fearless.
Not only did Dr. Schoenfeld believe John thought he was powerful, but he thought that because John was fearless, he would not keep the ransom money hidden and spend it cautiously. He would spend the money like it was normal money- not afraid to be caught. Dr. Schoenfeld decided to study where the money was discovered and pinpoint where he believed John would reside. He created a rectangle on a map and told authorities that John would live within the rectangle.
The police searched all German communities within the rectangle, but came up empty-handed. Hauptmann, coincidentally, lived within Dr. Schoenfeld's rectangle - but, not in a German community. Dr. Schoenfeld noticed that in the last note from the supposed kidnapper, there was an erased word.
Where it said "Gay Head," underneath one could read Gun Hill. The doctor thought that perhaps this was a subconscious thought that was accidentally written or perhaps John personally made the mistake.
Although most argued that John was very much sane, Dr. Schoenfeld said that John was suffering from a state of dementia praecox, otherwise known as schizophrenia. He believed that John was probably once a patient at a mental institution.
When Hauptmann was arrested, Dr. Schoenfeld investigated further. The false name, Perlmeyer, used by Hauptmann when he first arrived in New York, was, in Dr. Schoenfeld's mind, a combination of Perl and meyer.
Dr. Schoenfeld believed that Hauptmann had an unconscious feminine identity using a female name, Pearl, as the prefix of a false name. Also, Dr. Schoenfeld believe that Hauptmann's son, Manfried Richard, could be psychological evidence. Richard was used, he said, because of Hauptmann's male ego. Manfried was said to mean man freed. Dr. Schoenfeld believed that Hauptmann named his son this because he was not captured and punished for the death of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. Another reason Hauptmann might have picked Manfried for a name was because of Baron Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, "the Red Knight."
(Note: Dr Schoenfeld's pseudoscientific analysis of Manfried's name is quite astonishing in view of the very glaring fact that the Lindberghs named their second child JON. Their child was born long before Hauptmann's arrest when the supposed kidnappers were still at large and 50,000.00 of their money had been stolen by someone supposedly named John! Worse, their firstborn had been found dead and the only link was a guy in a cemetery named John. In view of these mystifying facts, Dr. Schoenfeld sounds, at least to me, to be a crackpot psychiatrist. Not so different from the psychics we see on TV today who make up from their OWN imaginations, outrageous assumptions about things they cannot possibly determine without actually interviewing the suspect. Yes, there are Profilers used by the FBI and law enforcement authorities and often they are able to imagine what kind of person has done a horrific crime just from the layout and circumstances of the crime scene. But, Schoenfeld's "profile" borders on the insane. Dr Schoenfeld is just grasping at straws here. He, like all the others, was just looking to get into the act. )
Dr. Shoenfeld believed that Hauptmann had homosexual tendencies. The doctor believed that John was associated with Lindbergh in private fantasies. (Boy! Does this say a lot about Dr Schoenfeld himself! ) He said that the two connected circles, the signature of the ransom letters, symbolized Charles Lindbergh, von Richthofen, and Hauptmann. Both Lindbergh and von Richthofen had achieved great fame; Lindbergh in 1927 for being the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic, and von Richthofen for being a wartime hero. Hauptmann, Dr. Schoenfeld speculated, wanted to prove he was Lindbergh and von Richthofen's equal - that he, too, could attract such great attention. He also was jealous of Lindbergh's importance and resented his prestige. Also, John wrote Lindbergh's name and address on an envelope where the sender's name belonged as if saying, "I AM LINDBERGH," the doctor said. Some believe that the guy was just too ignorant to realize where the address belonged. With this jealousy and oneness felt for Lindbergh, John decided to kidnap the Lindbergh baby, Dr. Shoenfeld claimed.
dr. dudley schoenfeld
Sat Dec 15 2001
Yet Dr. Schoenfeld was an influential adviser to Wilentz throughout the appeal process. At least two books I've read, BOTH OF WHICH MAINTAIN BRH WAS HLK, credit Schoenfeld with giving credence to the notion of a lone kidnapper. Until then, the New Jersey Police, the New York Police, the FBI and Lindbergh all assumed that one man, acting alone, couldn't have pulled it off. To restate the obvious...who told the kidnapper(s) the Lindberghs would be in Hopewell on a Tuesday, when they never had been before? Would any kidnapper from the Bronx have driven 4 1/2 miles in the opposite direction to dispose of a baby's body, on a main road no less, exposed to the headlights of oncoming traffic, then turn 180 degrees and head for New York? Not very likely, folks. Why would Jafsie Condon choose a local Bronx paper with limited circulation to first contact the kidnapper(s)of a baby in Central New Jersey, unless he'd already heard rumors of a plot based in the Bronx? Dr. Schoenfeld never answered these questions, needless to say.
he odds on his being noticed were very high. Yet Hauptmann never tried to disguise himself, grow a mustache, dye his hair, or in any other way avoid discovery.
May 5 2003
Hauptmann himself made the same case you just made when he met with Gov. Hoffman. He said something to the effect that surely Condon would have recognized him on City Island, as he (Hauptmann) was there all the time in he summer, as was Condon. Also, Hauptmann himself would surely have recognized Condon (not an easy guy to miss), a and in all likelihood would have sought safer havens to spend his vacation time,- -yet he didn't, he continued to return to the island, undaunted. "Is this the behavior of a guilty man?", Hauptmann asked.
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