There’s a great new book out on the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping. As you may recall, several years ago, we produced a one-hour television special on this case.
The book is entitled, “The Sixteenth Rail,” and it’s by Adam Schrager. I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy. It should be available online and in bookstores after April 1.
Schrager provides new information and details about what is arguably one of the greatest forensic science discoveries: The wood from Bruno Hauptmann’s attic was used to build the ladder found at the crime scene.
Arthur Koehler was a “xylotomist” with the US Forest Service in Madison, Wisconsin when he was asked to examine the wood used in the ladder found at Charles Lindbergh’s home. Even before Bruno Richard Hauptmann was considered a suspect, Koehler traced the wood to a mill in South Carolina and followed its trail to a lumber yard in the Bronx, just a short distance from Hauptmann’s home.
This extremely well-written book brings these extraordinary discoveries to life. I literally couldn’t put it down.
Anyone interested in the Lindbergh case and the history of forensic science should read “The Sixteenth Rail.” It’s outstanding.
And you can see re-runs of Forensic Files on HLN which they call “Mystery Detectives.”
Before you go, you might want to read two articles which describe Forensic Files as one of the top ten true crime shows: