Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Teaching Resource (Target Age: High School)

“Mrs. Lindbergh, do you have the baby?” These dreadful words were uttered by Betty Gow, a nursemaid at Highfields, shortly after 10:00 pm of March 1, 1932. Newspapers quickly reported on the kidnapping of the hero’s twenty-month-old infant son, Charles Jr. A ransom note found on a windowsill in the nursery demanded a payment of $50,000 for the child’s safe return. Lindbergh paid the ransom, but the child’s dead body was later found in the woods not far from the home.

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