On the evening of March 1, 1932, 18-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr was abducted from his family home near Hopewell, New Jersey, while everyone in the house was awake. The crime attracted enormous public attention, for the victim’s father was one of the most famous people on the planet.
On May 20, 1927, Colonel Charles Augustus Lindbergh had become the first man to make a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, crossing from New York to Paris in 33 hours. Negotiations with the kidnappers stretched out for weeks, but little Charlie never came back and his body was eventually discovered in nearby woods.
The ensuing manhunt led the police to Bruno Hauptmann, who was tried, found guilty, and executed in April 1936. But was Hauptmann acting alone? Using state-of-the-art forensic and behavioural science techniques, a team of expert investigators take a fresh look at the evidence and conclude that the German-born carpenter must have had an accomplice.
The film includes experimental re-enactments of the crime at the original Lindbergh home as well as insights from former FBI profiler John Douglas.