ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 09, 1981
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(Studio) Reopened case with regard to conviction and execution of Bruno Hauptmann for kidnap and death of Charles Lindbergh's son in 1930's reported Evidence said casting doubt on Hauptmann's guilt.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Yuba City, California) Scenes of Lindbergh's child and kidnap scene shown. Details of kidnap, ransom payment, child's death, and Hauptmann's trial and execution given. Old film shown. [On September 20, 1934, film, ANNOUNCER - reveals Hauptmann capture.] More scenes on old film shown. [Voice of Lowell THOMAS - reports January 1935 Hauptmann trial.] Elmington, New Jersey, film of trial shown. Testimony of doctor who passed ransom money to kidnapper shown identification Hauptmann as recipient. Various witnesses shown. [New Jersey Prosecutor David WILENTZ - accuses Hauptmann.] Hauptmann on death row shown. [HAUPTMANN - avows innocence.] Hauptmann electrocution 4-3-1936 recalled. Scenes shown. [Current tape, Anna HAUPTMANN - insists husband was not guilty.] Lawyer Robert Bryan reported suing state of New Jersey, on Mrs. Hauptmann's behalf, for $100 million, due to concealment of evidence favorable to Hauptmann. Evidence not revealed said include Lindbergh's inability to identification Hauptmann's voice; FBI memo. terming 1 witness a liar; FBI memo with doctor's admission Hauptmann was not recipient of ransom. Changes in law since 1936 noted. Civil rights trial said now possible resolution of problem. David Wilentz and 4 policemen said also being sued by Mrs. Hauptmann. [WILENTZ - claims case was fairly tried.] [Attorney Robert BRYAN - says full truth did not come out at trial.] [New Jersey Attorney General Jerry FISCHER - says matter laid to rest 50 years ago.] Current California murder case of Juan Corona cited as being retried although cts. claim small doubt with regard to his guilt.
REPORTER: John Martin
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