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One More Place for Inspiring Pictures

Lindbergh Can

Here's one more site on the Internet so provide you with interesting pictures that could act as prompts for stories… especially for you Mystery and History writers. It's the FBI Photo site. In it, you find photos like this one.

Charles Lindbergh, Jr. was kidnapped at about 9:00 p.m. on March 1, 1932, from the nursery on the second floor of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey. Lindbergh's absence was soon discovered and, during a search of the home, a ransom note demanding $50,000 was found on the nursery windowsill.

The evidence against the kidnapper, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, came together quickly. One of the pieces of evidence tying him to the kidnapping was the FBI Artifact of the Month: a paint can found in his garage, in which Hauptmann hid some of the gold certificates. Only about $14,000 of the $50,000 ransom was ever recovered… most of it in this can. [There are at least two or three stories there folks] The can was once on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. in the "Inside Today's FBI" exhibit until it closed to the public on December 31, 2019. It now exists only on the Web.  The can itself is the property of the New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center, and is a part of their collection of Lindbergh Kidnapping artifacts.

Not only does this site contain photos, but also articles about each photo that range from historic cases to FBI operations.





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