Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Conspiracy Indeed?

 Here we are at the edge of hard science.  The second important assertion in "Who Killed the Lindbergh Baby" came from John Douglas -- a flat statement that there had to be inside help, hence the official narrative is shattered and in pieces on the floor of the nursery.  In his book, "The Cases That Haunt Us," published in 2001, Douglas first advanced his argument that the death of Violet Sharp provided the necessary clue as to where that help had originated.  Her suicide - he opined - probably came from a fit of remorse over having inadvertently (?) revealed where the Lindberghs were that night.  Interestingly, the police investigating the crime announced that they believed that her death went a long way to solving the case.  Last night the show said he had "refined" his position on Violet, and a picture of her was shown.  But there was not much more said in the show.  Violet remains in a deep violet shadow, then.  But I think Douglas really did not want to go too far on that point, however.  Was something was left on the cutting room floor?  But here is the problem with that "inadvertent" position.  If - as in my first email -- we now agree that it was a conspiracy, how would it be possible to get everything together on that short notice?  Remember, Richard did not have a telephone, and actually reported for work that morning.  It is already mid-morning when the decision is made to stay overnight.  Violet's contacts do not seem to fit anywhere along the path of the crime -- not nearly so close, say, as Betty Gow or Red Johnson.  And the idea that John Knoll was in contact with Violet was never explored, because there is absolutely no evidence that she would have had contact with him.  Perhaps she was involved in a deeper sense, perhaps Douglas's intuition here is right, casting aside her acknowledged emotional state after coming out of the hospital.  Her suicide is discussed in "Case" pp. 106-112. 

When the police came to take her away for questioning for a third time, they were sent to cool their heels in an office -- for half an hour --- (!), while someone fetched her.  What had happened while they were kept in another room was she had staggered down into the butler's pantry and collapsed.  Then the officers were taken to the study where Col Lindbergh and a Dr. Phillips met them and told them Violet was dead.  Once again, the person in charge is Col Lindbergh.  Once again it is Col Lindbergh who informs the police that there had been found  a"partially filled can of Cyanide of Potassium Crystals on the shelf in Miss Sharp's room," along with a glass containing the remaining undissolved crystals and a discolored spoon.  Only then - after all that -- did Captain Harry Walsh get admitted to the "death room," so to speak.  So perhaps it would be a little uncomfortable to pursue that death.

A word on conspiracy.  It is not really that loaded, but I would have liked to use in my interview the term "cut outs," but it was said that word would not be familiar enough to people who had never watched Cold War spy stories.  John LeCarre where are you when I needed you?

Next up Dr. Butts.