To be clear, that isn’t really the title of the piece of music you’re about to be subjected to hear. The song is titled “The Trial Of Bruno Richard Hauptmann” as sung by Bill Cox. Bill Cox was apparently a West Virginia singer and guitarist. Dare we say a Guthrie of the gallows? Yes, we shall.
Bruno Hauptmann was, of course, the man accused, tried, and electrocuted for committing The Crime Of The Century! That crime being the kidnapping and killing of Charles Lindbergh Jr. in March of 1932. He was put to death April 3, 1936 by electrocution via Old Smokey, the New Jersey State Prison’s pet name for its electric chair.
For a quick overview on this case, and links to more information, visit wikipedia.
Here’s another piece of newsreel containing 9 minutes of the actual trial, and Hauptmann’s testimony. He doesn’t do a very good job of proclaiming any innocence here.
That lawyer was like every lawyer I’ve seen on TV! Hauptmann could have used a Matlock for sure.