ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
May 12, 1932
Charles Lindbergh's Infant Son is Found Dead
After Being Kidnapped Ten Weeks Earlier
On this day in 1932, after ten weeks of searching, Charles Lindbergh's infant son was found dead. The press dubbed this "The Crime of the Century" at the time.
Until the body was found, a self-identified kidnapper had negotiated with authorities and managed to collect $50,000 for information - which turned out to be false - about the child's location.
Eventually a German immigrant with a criminal record, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested for the murder and subsequently executed by electric chair.