Stolen Child, The (The Lindbergh Kidnapping)

DESCRIPTION: Catchall of Lindberg songs. Typical example: The singer will "tell you about the stolen baby." Lindbergh's infant is stolen from his home; the kidnapper demands money; after a great hue and cry, the baby is found, but is dead
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1939 (Thomas)
KEYWORDS: homicide mother father children abduction
Mar 1, 1932 - Kidnapping of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. (19 months old at the time). The kidnapper demands and receives $150,000, but the child is not returned
May 12, 1932 - The boy's body is found
Apr 3, 1936 - Execution of Bruno Hauptman, linked to the crime primarily by possession of some of the ransom money
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Thomas-Makin', p. 147, (no title); pp. 148-150, "The Stolen Baby" (2 texts; the two are different metrically, but share enough phrases that I think it proper to lump them, since neither seems to have had real traditional vogue)
Burt, p. 72, (no title) (1 text); p. 73, (no title) (1 text in elementary German, tune referenced)

Roud #14051
cf. "Lindbergh's Baby" (subject)
NOTES [77 words]: The Lindburgh kidnapping, according to Burt, inspired "several" songs, apart from Thomas's sundry items. Since none of them show any real evidence of traditional vogue (as opposed to, say, the equally-numerous Titanic songs), I'm lumping them here. (The case is different for "Lindbergh's Baby," which was taken from tradition; it has its own listing.)
William Butler Yeats wrote a song, "The Stolen Child." It is not related to any of the items filed here. - RBW
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