Thursday, January 23, 2014

Charles Lindbergh



What better example of a Life of Adventure than Charles Lindbergh. Charles was a pioneering aviator, and among other things, is remembered as the first person to fly nonstop, solo across the atlantic ocean. The early days of aviation must have been very exciting.

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  1. You do realize this guy was Pro-Nazi? Held up as a hero, he most certainly was not.

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  2. Not only pro-Nazi, but there is enough evidence that he dropped his child while climbing down a ladder from the boy's bedroom. In spite of laws giving the accused the right to face their accuser, he absolutely refused to attend Hauptmann's trial, leaving the country to prevent being called to the courtroom.

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    1. Lady Anne, I'm not sure I understand so forgive me if I'm wrong but you think that Lindbergh was climbing out the window with his baby when the ladder broke killing the child? Then he made up the whole kidnapping story and hid the body to cover up his negligent act? I don't think Hauptman did the crime but thinking that Lindbergh himself had something to do with it is a stretch.

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    2. Dave, essentially you are correct. I can't remember the name of the book, but the premise is that nobody but a member of the family would have known which room belonged to the boy, or that that was the only shutter on the house that didn't latch properly from the inside. How could a stranger have known about something that was only visible from inside? Also, the family did not live in that house full-time, but divided their time between that place and another. Again, how would a stranger know when and where the family was?
      The police now think that Lindbergh himself climbed up the ladder and took the baby from the crib, probably planning on going to the front door and saying something along the lines of "Look who I have". (He was well known for playing practical jokes, some of them quite unkind, so this sort of thing would be typical of him. He got the nickname "Lone Eagle" in college because his "jokes" made him unpopular.)) Anyway, when police officers tried to recreate the scenario, with a twenty pound bag of sand instead of a baby, every single one of them dropped the bag, trying to lift it from the crib and get it in place on the ladder, which would explain the massive head injuries the child suffered.

      His popularity at the time was such that people wouldn't have believed such a thing - as skeptical then as you are now - and the police practically allowed him to run the investigation.

      His refusal to face Hauptmann marks him as a coward, not an angry father.

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  3. Lindbergh was a Nazi sympathsiser before WW2 broke out but to be fair he did recant his beliefs after the war was in full swing and he saw what was happening to the Jewish people and others under the Nazi's. The damage was done though.

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  4. Even if he was as this thread indicates, do we throw out John 8:7-11, or do as Jesus did and not judge but show compassion? I'd like to be compassionate and not judge the man either for his successes or failures.

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  5. Lots of people were Nazi sympathizers while Hitler was pretending to be a nice guy with magnanimous intents.

    He fooled far more than just the German citizens with his contrived image.

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    1. The Duke of Windsor was also an avid fan of Hitler. He distrusted both Jews and blacks. The family sent him to Bermuda to keep him out of the way. Wallis Warfield Simpson was, in retrospect, one of the best things that happened to Britain.

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  6. There is no doubt that Lindbergh was a complex person and was sucked into going along with Hitler to some extant along with millions of others until the truth began to come out. BUT do not forget his contributions to the technology of long range aircraft and shooting down of the Japanese general during WW2. There were also millions of US citizens who thought communism and Stalin (the greatest mass murderer of all time) were great too until the secret got out.

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