Has the Lindbergh case been solved at last? 80 years on, author says New York deli worker was mastermind behind kidnap and murder of aviator's son
By Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED: 19:58 EST, 23 June 2012 | UPDATED: 06:12 EST, 24 June 2012
When the 20-month-old son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh disappeared from the family's secluded estate, only to turn up dead two months later, it became one of the most sensational news stories of the 20th century.
Three years after the boy's death, a German illegal immigrant was convicted of his murder, and later executed - though he insisted he was innocent until the end.
Now one investigator claims to have found new evidence which reveals the role of a previously unknown criminal mastermind, intent on destroying Lindbergh's life.
New suspect: John Knoll (right) bears a striking similarity to 'Cemetery John' (left), the man who received the $50,000 ransom for Charles Jr in a cemetery in the Bronx