Trial of the Century Trial of the Century

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Seasonal: Annually presented weekends in October

Historic County Courthouse
75 Main Street
Flemington, NJ  08822

Languages: English
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Now You Can Be A Witness To History! On the night of March 1, 1932, the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh, the world famous aviator, was taken from his nursery. A ransom note was left demanding $50.000 be delivered for his safe return. The ransom was paid, but two months later the childs decomposing body was found not far from his home, setting off the largest manhunt in history. On September 19, 1934, a carpenter named Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested and charged with the murder of Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., bringing to an end the hunt for the most hated man in America. On January 2, 1935, the trial of Bruno Hauptmann began in the historic courthouse in Flemington, NJ. For 32 days the attention of the entire world was focused on this little town. Thousands of people thronged in front of the courthouse to get a glimpse of Lindbergh, the jury, and the now famous witnesses who would testify in the proceedings which came to be known as The Trial of the Century. No other trial has ever captured such an interest of the entire world. Thousands of people still flock to Flemington to experience THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY. Now in its 17th year, the 2 and one-half hour performances are held annually in the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington, NJ. Spectators sit on the same benches that once held reporters and celebrities. And a lucky few will buy seats on the jury!