LINDBERGH, Charles A (1902-1974), Aviator Autograph manuscri...
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LINDBERGH, Charles A. (1902-1974), Aviator . Autograph manuscript signed ("Charles A. Lindbergh"), 18 April 1932. 1 page, folio, staple punctures at lower corners .
LINDBERGH, Charles A. (1902-1974), Aviator . Autograph manuscript signed ("Charles A. Lindbergh"), 18 April 1932. 1 page, folio, staple punctures at lower corners . "WE ARE EXTREMELY ANXIOUS TO REESTABLISH CONTACT WITH THE KIDNAPERS" -- LINDBERGH'S IMPASSIONED PLEA TO THE PRESS DURING THE KIDNAPPING ORDEAL Forty-nine agonizing days after the kidnapping of his child, and sixteen days since hearing anything from his purported captors, Charles Lindbergh pleads with the press to back off: "The continued following of our representatives by members of the press is making it extremely difficult if not impossible for us to establish contact with whoever is in possession of our son," Lindbergh writes. "The publication of demands for additional ransom which have never been made and of amounts which we are unable to pay can cause nothing but greater difficulty. We are extremely anxious to reestablish contact with the kidnapers," he continues, and while appreciative of the cooperation he has received so far, insists that "our attempts are still greatly hampered or made impossible by press activity. Up until the present time we have been unable to reestablish a definite contact." Kidnappers took Lindbergh's baby, Charles, Jr., on the night of 1 March 1932, leaving a $50,000 ransom note. On 6 March a second ransom demand arrived by mail, increasing the price to $70,000. There followed a flurry of further written communications, coded communications through newspaper ads, then a meeting on 2 April between Lindbergh's representative, Dr. John F. Condon, with a purported emissary of the kidnappers in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx where Condon paid $50,000 and was told the baby was in Martha's Vineyard. It proved a wild goose chase. No further contacts followed. On 12 May 1932, a trucker accidentally discovered the baby's body, buried in a shallow grave less than five miles from Lindbergh's home. Coroners determined he had been dead for two months from blunt trauma to the head. Provenance : Sotheby's New York, 28 November 1979, lot 272.
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