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A. Hauptmann; Lindbergh Case Killer's Widow

October 21, 1994|Times staff and wire reports

PHILADELPHIA — Anna Hauptmann, the widow of the man executed for the kidnaping and murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son, has died.

Her death Oct. 10 in New Holland, Pa., was reported this week by the Lancaster New Era newspaper, a nearby neighborhood publication.

She insisted for more than 60 years that Bruno Richard Hauptmann was innocent.

She had spent much of her life trying in vain to clear her husband of what was called the Crime of the Century: the 1932 killing of the 20-month-old namesake of Lindbergh.

Hauptmann, a German immigrant carpenter, was accused of kidnaping the Lindbergh boy from his nursery in Hopewell, N.J. He denied it, and his wife insisted that he was with her the night the child was taken.

Hauptmann was convicted in 1935 and executed in 1936.

"God knows that my husband was innocent," she said in 1986 in one of her final interviews.

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