In your opinion, what is the most interesting Trial of the Century?
To me, it’s the Lindbergh Kidnapping Trial of the late 1930s. The sheer frenzy it created was incredible. My opinion is that I don’t think Hauptmann did it. I seriously doubt Lindbergh could remember Cemetary John’s exact muffled voice after three or four years. Hauptmann was simply a scapegoat because the frenzy this crime brought up demanded for the police to catch somebody. I do believe he knew something, but he didn’t do anything.
Another interesting trial was the Manson Family Killings. The way they acted in court was just bizarre (Manson tried to attack the Judge at one point, and once showed up a newspaper headline that declared that Nixon thought Manson guilty), and kudos to Bugliosi for convicting Manson, especially since Manson didn’t do any of the murders himself.