Signed Check Endorsement - 1932
Signed check endorsement. Bruno Richard Hauptmann (1900-1936) was an American criminal, a German carpenter convicted in 1935 of the March 1, 1932 kidnapping and murder of the infant son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh following a sensational trial. Important partly-printed D.S., 1 p., oblong 12mo., New York, June 4, 1932, a check drawn on the Bank of Manhattan Trust Company, ordering a payment of $40.00 to “Anni Hauptman”, signed by KATE FREDERIKSEN”. Fredericksen, with her husband Christian, owned and operated the bakery and delicatessen on Dyer Avenue in New York where Anna Hauptmann was employed. Both also served as defense witnesses in Bruno Hauptmann’s case. The verso bears contains endorsements from BRUNO RICHARD HAUPTMANN and his wife, ANNA HAUPTMANN as well. The Hauptmanns claimed that Anna had worked the night of the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapping, and that Bruno had picked her up, making it impossible for him to have been in East Amwell, New Jersey, at the time. The defense called the Fredericksens, but to its dismay, neither would testify categorically that they saw Hauptmann at the bakery the night the crime occurred. Age toned with minor folds and stamps, else very good.