Westbury, New York is normally associated with Charles Lindbergh, who in 1927 made the first successful nonstop flight from New York to Paris. However, Westbury, New York is also famous for the Weinberger kidnapping. The case was eventually solved by a Handwriting Expert.
In the summer of 1956 Betty Weinberger placed her one-month old baby in a stroller on the porch of her house. While the baby slept, Mrs. Weinberger went inside to do some chores. When she returned to check on her son, he was gone. There was a handwritten ransom note demanding $2,000 (worth approximately $18,955.66 in 2020).
A Handwriting Expert Solved The Case.
The kidnappers called the Weinberger’s with instructions on where to drop the money. At the drop off location was a bag with another handwritten note telling the Weinberger’s where to find the baby. Both handwritten notes were examined by Handwriting Experts who determined that both notes were written by the same person.
The FBI combed through millions of handwriting samples maintained by the New York State, the Federal Government, and various municipalities. The search ended after agents noticed that a probation report of one Angelo LaMarca bears significant similarity to the ransom notes.
Angelo LaMarca who was a taxi dispatcher and truck driver, was in serious debt. He lived in a house he couldn’t afford and was being threatened by a loan shark. He had found himself driving around Westbury, trying to figure out how to pay the loan shark. He drove by the Weinberger house and saw Mrs. Weinberger leaving her son on the porch. Angelo quickly wrote the ransom note and drove away with the baby. With the press coverage of the story and the police involvement, Angelo abandoned the baby in some heavy brush just off the highway.
Angelo was arrested at his home and denied any involvement in the kidnapping. When he was presented with the handwriting comparison, he confessed to the kidnapping. In late 1956, he was tried and convicted by a jury on kidnapping and murder charges. The jury returned its verdict without a recommendation of leniency. On December 14, 1956, he was sentenced to death.
Without a Handwriting Expert to find the similarities between the ransom note and a probation report, this would have been an unsolved case. Do you think someone may have forged your name or someone forged a relatives name?
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