Bruno Hauptmann
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (illegal resident of United States)
Date of Birth: 1899
Date of Death: 1936
Cause of Death: Execution by electric chair
Religion: Lutheran
Occupation: Carpenter
Spouse: Anna Schoeffler
Children: Manfred Richard Hauptmann
Military Branch: Imperial German Army (World War I)
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Bruno Richard Hauptmann (November 26, 1899 – April 3, 1936) was a German-born carpenter and criminal who was convicted of the abduction and murder of the 20-month-old son of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Lindbergh kidnapping became known as "The Crime of the Century". Hauptmann was executed in the electric chair at the New Jersey State Prison in 1936, proclaiming his innocence to the end. Since his execution, the case against Hauptmann has been re-examined, and his actual guilt has become a matter of debate.

Bruno Hauptmann in Joe SteeleEdit

The Bureau of Investigation arrested Bruno Hauptmann for the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping just days before the Supreme Court Four were tried for treason. While Hauptmann was in the country illegally, and while he did have a criminal record in his native Germany, even Charlie Sullivan, a supporter of the Steele Administration wondered if Hauptmann was really responsible for the kidnapping.[1]


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 98.