The Trial of the Century: Examining the Lindbergh Kidnapping and the Growth of a New Kind of American Journalism
Although it happened over 75 years ago, the trial of Bruno Hauptman and the alleged kidnapping of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr. is conceivably the largest media event ever.
Learn about some fascinating real-life events from the kidnapping to the conspiracies that surrounded the whole affair that took place in NJ in the 1920s and 30s and how it lead to the birth of tabloid journalism and how Charles Lindbergh became the first “celebrity” to be hounded by the press.
This is a special opportunity to meet and greet with two authors on this fascinating subject. The first, is Star-Ledger columnist Mark Di Ionno whose debut novel is The Last Newspaperman, a gripping critique about present-day journalism which focuses on sensationalism and often irrelevant and superficial news coverage. Although Di Ionno’s new book is fiction, The Last Newspaperman explores the real roots of tabloid journalism where it was born, in New Jersey! The second, is historian and native Flemingtonian, James Davidson, who wrote a history of the whole affair with Mark Falzini called New Jersey’s Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial. Davidson’s entire life has been intertwined with that of Charles Lindbergh, from living across the street from the Lindbergh home to amassing one of the largest collections of Lindberghiana in the nation. Both authors will have copies of their books for sale and for signing.
Many thanks to Tom Williams at Mendham Books for helping to organize this program.
Mark Di Ionno
Trained in history at Muhlenberg College and later Lehigh University for graduate work, he taught history at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington. As historian for East Amwell, N.J. he writes a monthly history article for a local newsletter and gives numerous local history and Lindbergh talks.
This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.