The Lindbergh Child

April 6, 2009 | Comics

A Treasury of 20th Century Murder: The Lindbergh Child
Rick Geary
NBM ComicsLit
$15.95 US (Hardcover)
*** (out of five)

It was a crime that shocked the world.
The kidnapping of 20-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr. on March 1, 1932 made headlines around the world, while the subsequent investigation, and eventual arrest, trial and execution of the man found guilty of the crime held the attention of the globe years after that fateful night in rural New Jersey.
Writer/artist Rick Geary delves deeply into all the facts of the case from Day 1 through to the decades-later after-effects, using clean pages of black-and-white art, and presents a fairly clear argument for the guilt of Bruno Hauptmann, the man who was eventually sent to the electric chair for taking, and killing, the child of the most famous man in the world.
Geary also infuses a little twinge of black humour into the case as he highlights the numerous quirky personalities who gained their 10 minutes of fame in association with the crime, including several spectacular liars and scam artists, adding a nice layer of depth and preventing the book from decending into a simple blow-by-blow account.

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