By Ed Ifkovic

January three, 1935. The trial opens in Flemington, New Jersey, for the fellow accused of “the crime of the century.” And Edna Ferber is there to hide it. 1932. On a windy March 1 evening, Charles Lindbergh, America’s hero, discovers that his twenty-month-old son has been snatched from his crib. A ransom is prepared. but months later, Little Lindy is located in a ditch close to his Hopewell domestic, numerous weeks lifeless from a blow to the pinnacle. It takes over years to arrest a suspect. Bruno Richard Hauptmann is stuck passing one of many marked ransom money owed. Press from the world over swarm to his trial. Bestselling novelist Edna Ferber and raconteur Aleck Woollcott, either employed by means of the hot York instances to hide it, are a part of the media frenzy, bickering just like the literary lions they're. Did this immigrant wood worker fairly devote the crime? on my own? Observant sometime-sleuth Edna isn't so yes. neighborhood voters, whipped right into a frenzy by way of the yellow press, march during the streets not easy Hauptmann burn. Walter Winchell takes the lynch mob sentiment nationwide. A British waitress at Edna’s inn, who’d hinted she had invaluable info which could blow the trial large open, is murdered. Edna starts to suspect a miscarriage of justice is underway, fueled partly by means of anti-German sentiment, partly via category privilege. Edna doesn’t locate Colonel Lindbergh the golden boy of legend. yet there he's, coming into the courthouse flanked through a quartet of recent Jersey soldiers. There’s Hauptmann, good-looking and calm regardless of his date with the electrical chair—unless Edna can adjust the process justice.

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