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Lindbergh Baby Kidnapper Bruno Richard Hauptmann Broadside Poster, "I Did Not Murder" -- Fabulous!

A colorful broadside poster issued by the "New York Daily News" during the "Trial of the Century": the kidnapping and murder trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann (1899-1936), ca. January - February 1935. Under the headline "I did not murder," Hauptmann is photographed testifying on the witness stand. Both the stylized camera logo and tagline "New York's Picture Newspaper" at bottom indicate that the publisher was the "Daily News", an extremely popular and profusely illustrated tabloid still published today. Note the Depression-era National Recovery Administration eagle symbols at bottom. Expected light folds and isolated light stains along bottom edge, else near fine. 11" x 16.5."

Bruno Richard Hauptmann--a German-born carpenter, World War I veteran, and convicted burglar--was charged with the kidnapping and first degree murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1930-1932), the 20-month-year-old son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Hauptmann's trial, which H.L. Mencken described as the "biggest story since the Resurrection", took place between January 2 - February 13, 1935. Hauptmann was convicted and executed by electric chair on April 3, 1936 at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, New Jersey.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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