A. PONDS ORLANDO 1974 EXPOSE SCREENPLAY MANUSCRIPT: WITNESS TO MURDER ALLEGES HISTORY OF INVESTIGATIVE ERROR, DUPLICITY AND CORRUPTION IN PRE WAR NEW JERSEY INCLUDING THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING AND TRIAL
BERNARDSVILLE NEW JERSEY NJ 1974 Good+
On offer is an original manuscript by A. Ponds Orlando, personally inscribed to Erwin Richardt [noted anti government activist] in pencil - 'To Erwin, from Ponds'. In 1931 A. Ponds Orlando was an eyewitness to the Charles Cavanaugh murder on Sept 8, 1931, and this work recounts those events in detail, including how the state police chose an innocent scapegoat to pin the crime on, used third-degree tactics to force a false 'confession', fabricated false evidence, paid 'witnesses' to lie on the stand during the trial, hide and destroy actual and true evidence found at the crime scene, and disregarded the testimony of true witnesses. The scapegoat, Edward Kettering, was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison, and died in jail. [Both men were lifelong crusaders for justice and right, as well as residents of the Bernardsville, New Jersey area and this book having come from the Irwin Richardt Estate, Sons of Liberty Farm.] This manuscript is Ponds' fascinating expose of how the New Jersey State Police and Somerset County prosecutors fabricated evidence, paid witnesses, and suppressed the truth in several highly-publicized cases during the early 1930, notably the murder of Bernardsville Police Chief Charles Cavanaugh in 1931, and the framing and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptman for the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Somerset County NJ cases also examined are the 1928 torch murder near Bernardsville, and the 1922 murder of Reverend Edward Hall and his mistress, Mrs. Eleanor Mills, a choir singer, near New Brunswick, NJ. The manuscript was written in 1974, and was intended to be published and produced as a television movie originally titled 'Why I Shot Cholly - The Truth of the Cavanaugh Case, The Lindbergh Case, The Orlando Case, The Misuse of Forensic Evidence and An Expose of Science vs. Justice'. Orlando later re-titled the manuscript to simply 'Framed Forensic'. Orlando fought for years to right this injustice, even under threat of harm and the murderous poisoning of his own family in 1935 - his father, grandfather, and sister died, his mother and another sister recovered and survived. The same officials involved in the Cavanaugh frame-up, were also directly involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Orlando postulates with good cause that Bruno Richard Hauptman was also framed, had never been to the Lindbergh home, and was tried, convicted, and executed with false, manufactured evidence. Bound in a blue loose-leaf binder, the manuscript is over one hundred 8 1/2" by 11" pages of photo-static copies of typewritten pages - many with notes, corrections and edits in pencil or pen by the author. Also included are photo-stat copies of newspaper clippings, original and published 'letters to the editor' penned by Orlando regarding the frame-ups, copies of maps and photos showing the crime scenes. Also a published letter to Governor Kean implicating his father, Congressman Robert W. Kean, in forcing Governor Harold Hoffman to embezzle state funds, and then preventing him from giving pardon to Bruno Richard Hauptman on death row, in spite of the fact that Governor Hoffman believed that Hauptman was innocent, and that Robert Kean was in part responsible for Hauptman's execution and Governor Hoffman's suicide. Also included are copies of complaints filed by Orlando charging Detective Samuel Leon and Assistant Prosecutor T. Gerard Wharton with the felony murder of Edward Kettering and the poisoning murder of his father, grandfather and sister. VG.