Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1, 1932: The broadcast of Charles and Anne Linbergh's son on CBS and NBC


March 1, 1932: Start of the greatest effort of on-the-spot news coverage of radio involving the kidnapping of Charles and Anne Lindbergh's baby. CBS and NBC rushed to Hopewell, NJJ to cover the incident.

On March 1, 1932,around 8:00 and 10:00 o'clock, son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from his nursery room. The kidnappers left a small note asked for ransom for the child.

By the next morning, news about the kidnapping had been broadcast to the world and reporters, cameramen, curious onlookers, and souvenir hunters swarmed over the Lindbergh estate. Unfortunately, the present of news hunter made some of evidence that has not yet retrieved by police was lost in the stampede.

Charles Lindbergh wanted the police to allow him to negotiate without interference with the kidnappers and he told that to Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf, head of the New Jersey State Police. Lindbergh used NBC to radio broadcast his message to the kidnapper or kidnappers. He promised to keep confidential any arrangements that would bring their baby back safely. There were no arrest have made until the ransom been paid and the baby return safely.

The child body of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. was later discovered and Bruno Richard Haptman was charged with the crime, convicted, and later electrocuted in 1936.

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