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Lindbergh Kidnapping Revisited—Part II

May 26, 2013

“Anne, they have stolen our baby,” were the first words uttered by Colonel Lindbergh after racing upstairs to his son’s nursery to discover an empty crib. After only moments of pondering the vacant bedclothes and pillow, the colonel had quickly realized that his—and his father’s—archenemies were responsible, although some expert underworld figure had to have been hired to do the dirty work. So, not surprisingly, Lindy’s first telephone call was to his lawyer, Colonel Henry Breckenridge (former Assistant Secretary of the War Department) whose associate counsel, a Robert Thayer, would make an organized-crime contact for assistance. That an “underworld” figure was called into the investigation of the missing child must have seemed bizarre, but journalistic revelations in recent years make it clear that such alliances are not uncommon.

Two other colonels were also quickly called to Lindbergh’s side: Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf (father of “Stormin’ Norman” Schwarzkopf) and Colonel William “Wild Bill” Donovan (another lawyer, and a World War I hero, who would later became known as America’s top spy during World War II)—heavy hitters all around. Fellow freemason, J. Edgar Hoover, extended an offer of assistance to Lindbergh, although kidnapping was not a federal crime in those days. Lindy declined that offer—an act that has long mystified analysts of this case because they were never informed of the international nature of the crime (or of a Hoover-Donovan rivalry). The FBI is a domestic law enforcement agency and has always been in competition with the intelligence sector. 

The American public has never realized that the attack on the Lindbergh family was secretly considered as an act of war against the USA. This was a matter of national security, and not because Lindbergh was hailed as an American hero. It was not widely known at the time that Lindy was being quietly groomed as a future Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency. To many, it seemed strange when the antiwar aviator would later directly confront President Roosevelt in the nation’s media. Lindbergh was more than a scruffy kid who grew up to perform a history-making flight. He knew that Rothschild-instigated warfare would, together with the Federal Reserve System, cripple the U.S. economy with insurmountable war debt. It had been for this reason that his father had opposed putting U.S. soldiers onto the killing fields of World War I. 

The first president of the New York Federal Reserve was a member of the Skull and Bones Society, rooted in German freemasonry. Lindbergh’s fellowship-of-colonels knew what they were dealing with; the public did not. Throughout Hauptmann’s trial, Lindbergh sat at the prosecution table and was permitted to wear a shoulder-holstered pistol even in the courtroom because Colonel Donovan had feared that, having succeeded in killing Lindbergh’s firstborn son, “they” would attempt to assassinate him as well. It was not for no reason that Lindy chose to make his home on the hill of a desolate 500-acre tract of land, barely accessible by automobile. Lindbergh had always known that his family was not safe. As a child, his father had chosen a similar site for their family residence. 

But this remote residence was infiltrated long before it was invaded. Infiltration, like practical invisibility, is a common tactic of war, and it is clear that Lindbergh never realized that his family had been victims of a foreign agent’s covert actions. This trusted person was in a position to guarantee a successful kidnapping while also performing many of the tasks that would come to be associated with an ostensibly lone kidnapper motivated by ransom money when the true objective from the outset was to kill the child. Part III will focus on the infiltrator and her performance in this role—Betty Gow.