About the film
Crime of the Century
Release Date: September 14, 1996
|Production Companies||:||Astoria Productions Ltd., HBO|
|Producers||:||Lynn Stalmaster, Barbara Broccoli, Mike Moder, Amanda Schiff|
|Writers||:||William Nicholson, Ludovic Kennedy|
In 1932, the nation was shocked when the 14-month-old son of Charles Lindberg was kidnapped, held for ransom, and murdered. Two years later, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested, convicted, and executed. This film dramatizes the investigation against Hauptmann, the trial, and the execution, painting a picture of a corrupt police force under pressure to finger a killer framing an innocent man by manufacturing evidence, paying-off and blackmailing witnesses, and covering up exculpatory evidence.