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The Lindbergh Kidnapping

Charles Lindbergh is an American aviation legend. At the height of his career, he was a record-breaking hero. History remembers him as such, but he was more than that. Charles Lindbergh was the father of a boy who was not even two years old when he was stolen from his family and murdered. Charles and his wife Anne endured months of ransom notes and searching for their child only to find that he had probably been dead before they realized he was missing. The horrible crime created a media frenzy that drove the Lindberghs from the United States.
On the night of March 1, 1932, the Lindbergh family was relaxing in their Hopewell, New Jersey home. Charles Lindbergh Jr. was tucked away in his crib. The rest of the household was going about business as usual. At around 10 o'clock, the Lindberghs' nanny went to check on her charge. He was not in his room. She informed the baby's parents immediately. A search was conducted and the police were informed. The child was not in the hous…

Johnny Frank Garrett and the Murder of Sister Benz

More than half of the United States still use the death penalty. It is also still used in federal and military cases. However, there are strict laws regarding when the use of the death penalty is appropriate, legally speaking. It is not something that is handled lightly, in most cases. It is also reserved for the most heinous of crimes. The death penalty is considered for nothing short of murder. Nonetheless, there are times when there is doubt as to whether the death penalty was the right punishment or if the party was even guilty of the crimes that resulted in the death penalty. Such was the case with Johnny Frank Garrett.

Johnny Frank Garrett was 17-years-old when he allegedly raped and murdered a 76-year-old nun in a nunnery. He reportedly broke into the convent, entered Sister Benz's room, raped her and killed her. One piece of evidence against him was an alleged confession that he never signed and of which there are no audio recordings. Other evidence included a clairvoyant…