ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A BOX Apr 9, 2014 19:45:07 GMT -5
Post by Michael on Apr 9, 2014 19:45:07 GMT -5
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[Originally Created on 4-8-14]
ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A BOX
Lloyd Gardner - The Case That Never Dies - Page 75. Condon is speaking to Col. Breckinridge.
"When I order this box made tomorrow, I'll specify that it is to be of five-ply veneer. We'll use different types of wood in its construction. Maple, pine, tulip wood will be good-spruce might warp- and a couple of other varieties of wood. Five different kinds in all. I'll have that box made so that it could be identified in one hundred years from now by anyone acquainted with its construction."
Ludovic Kennedy - Crime of the Century - Page 71. Kennedy states the following:
In October 1924, they (Hauptmann and his friend Albert Diebig) were employed in the construction of a bungalow in Lakewood, New Jersey and lived in town. Richard spent evenings fashioning a handsome inlaid, veneered box which was his Christmas present for Anna when they returned to New York; a similar one made two years later, today remains one of her proudest possessions.
Wayne Jones - Murder of Justice - Page 1022. The following is quoted from his interview with Anna Hauptmann June 23, 1977.
"With pride she showed me a handsome chest that Richard had made for her, one he had designed and constructed by inlaying wood of different hues and tones. Only a master carpenter could have fashioned such a chest by using selected varieties of wood."
When reading my notes on the wood box Condon wanted made, I found myself wondering if Dr. Condon had somehow seen Anna Hauptmann's handsomely made box? The construction of hers is so similar to the way Dr. Condon said he would have the ransom box made. Was Dr. Condon aware of a carpenter in the Bronx who had such skills to make the type of box he was proposing to Breckinridge?
Well, when you read about this case you come to learn that the box Condon had made to deliver the ransom money in to CJ in St. Raymond's cemetery is nothing like the one he said he would have made. The ransom box was made of five-ply maple veneer. Not the more elaborate box he spoke about. So why does Condon tell Breckinridge in such detail about the kind of box he would have made and then doesn't have it made that way? Could Condon have been providing this description as a clue about one of the members of the gang he was negotiating with? That he is a carpenter who lives in the Bronx and has such skills to make a box of this type? Maybe even would have evidence of such skill in his own home? Like Anna's box?
Riddles, clues, lies and facts. Condon played his hand with them all.