The Sixteenth Rail

The Sixteenth Rail✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Sixteenth Rail By Adam Schrager ⚣ – When people knocked on wood for good luck Arthur Koehler actually knew why He could explain the superstition dating back to ancient times when trees were held to be deities of the forest and simply ta When people knocked on wood for good luck Arthur Koehler actually knew why He could explain the superstition dating back to ancient times when trees were held to be deities of the forest and simply tapping on them would invoke the The Sixteenth PDF/EPUB or aid of those higher powers to ward off evilsKoehler knew every tree in the world was distinct just like every person As he liked to say A tree never liesAnd so the revelation cameHebegan to write to his best contact his superior at the New Jersey State Police Capt JJ Lamb the man leading the Lindbergh baby kidnapping investigation He wanted to remind him of the original report he'd conducted on the ladder a year and a half earlierBefore there was CSI and NCIS there was a mild mannered forensic scientist whose diligence would help solve the twentieth century's greatest crime Arthur Koehler was called the Sherlock Holmes of his era for his work tracing the ladder used to kidnap Charles Lindbergh's son to the culprit The subject of an upcoming Smithsonian Channel show this is a gripping tale of science and true crime. I'm wary of books about the Lindbergh kidnapping but this one is focused on Arthur Koehler pronounced KAY lerr who is rightly called the father of forensic botany and his work on Hauptmann's terrible ladder The way Koehler worked backwards from the finished ladder to the origins of the rungs and rails is fascinating especially of course the 16th rail which is the one that came from Hauptmann's atticSchrager is honest about the inconsistencies between Koehler's reports and his trial testimony could he or could he not determine that it was a three uarters inch chisel for example and the opinions of modern tool mark experts that Koehler couldn't have known with certainty the things he claimed he knew I'm a little dubious about the tool mark experts because if Koehler COULDN'T follow the trail left by the tool marks in the way that he did then there are some whopping coincidences involved in getting him to the right answer I'm willing to believe Hauptmann wasn't the only kidnapper much less willing to believe he was an innocent framed lamb And Schrager does convince me that Koehler would not have participated in a frame upThis is not a great book it's hagiographic and the prose is not better than adeuate but it was well worth the read If you're the kind of person who watched all twelve hours of the Norwegian fireplace on TV no I am not kidding you will be enthralled by this book recounting the career of Arthur Koehler eccentric USDA forestry employee father of forensic botany and expert witness in the Lindbergh trial because of his analysis of the kidnappers' crappy ladder If you're a normal person the amateurish local writing deep background on virtually every person mentioned especially if they were from Madison Wisconsin endless details and total lack of any citations in the text or anywhere else will make you wonder why the hell you picked this book up at the library in the first place Just fantastic I couldn't put it down Arthur Koehler was a federal government employee working for the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory in Madison Wisconsin His position was as a xylotomist the country's first expert on wood He assisted in the investigation in the kidnapping of Charles A Lindbergh Jr who was taken from the New Jersey home of his parents famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Lindbergh from his second floor nursery on March 1 1932 A handmade ladder had been left by the kidnapper to climb into the window and snatch baby Charles A ransom note of 50000 was found and the ransom was paid only to discover that the baby had been murderedA search for the money was made and some of the money was traced to a Mr Bruno Richard Hauptmann in New York City a German carpenterArthur Koehler helped indict Hauptmann at his trial His expertise in wood aided in his examination of the wooden ladder used to abduct Charles A Lindbergh Jr from his nursery At the trial Koehler showed that a plank missing from Hauptmann’s attic when fitting the two pieces together matched the ladder’s sixteenth rail which had been broken during the ascent or descent into the nursery by the kidnapper This evidence conclusively found Hauptmann guilty by jury wherein Hauptmann was electrocuted on April 3 1936 at 847 pmThis book gives detailed information about Koehler his investigation and the trial’s stand regarding this investigation The crime of the century March 1 1932 the son of Charles Lindbergh Jr is kidnapped So many books have been written on this subject Now another book with a interesting turn examines the role of wood in the case against Bruno Hauptmann the alleged accuser of the crime Adam Schrager's book The Sixteenth Rail explores the role of Arthur Koehler a forensic scientist at the USDA Forest Products in Madison Wisconsin It is the work of Arthur Koehler that it traces the ladder to Bruno Hauptmann I found it a very interesting well researched written account of the wood used to construct the ladder used in the Lindbergh kidnapping The only problem is if you are reading it for the first time you might find the details of wood identification uite overwhelming and detailed with only passing references to the balance of the case So much has been written on this case that this book is another great investigating story spellbinding in suspense which adds another twist to this crime I don't know what book Gail who gave this a one star rating was readingThis isn't an Agatha Christie book it's of a procedural story and it has been as interesting as I've read it as the title and cover suggested There may well be history than mystery for some but the thought process that Arthur Koehler followed and his thoroughness in pursuing possible matches for the wood in the ladder has been impressive and fascinating to followAs for her complaint about the word kidnapping being misspelled my wife read the book and the only times she saw the word kidnapping misspelled were in the photographs of contemporary posters or signage not within the text that the author produced I tried so hard to finish this book but it just drove me crazy I found it to be excruciatingly boring in reading about the kind of wood that was used in the ladder and all the nuances of wood It just went on and on The one thing that I found the most troubling was the fact that the word kidnapping was misspelled numerous times That's pretty pathetic considering that is what the book is about Really shoddy It's hard to believe that this author has won numerous journalism accolades because I found his writing to be plodding A balanced fair and comprehensive look at the father of forensic botany and how he logically and methodically traced rails from a kidnap ladder to assist in the trial and conviction of the Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Richard Hauptmann While very technical throughout the book I knew or rather expected that it would be given the subject matter I thought Schrager did an excellent job of laying all the information out to showcase how meticulous and credible Arthur Koehler was as an expert witness in all things to do with identifying wood With all due respect you would have to hit me in the head with a board to get me to red this book again This is about Arthur Koehler probably the first forensic botanist than the Lindbergh kidnapping though this book details Koeler's involvement and testimony about that case The reader learns about wood than anyone would even WANT to know The man is meticulous mild mannered and passionate about wood but hey Everyone is passionate about something I should have read reviews before I borrowed this book As someone who works in forensics I found this book to be very interesting The description of the book is uite accurate it's not about the Lindbergh kidnapping It's about the forensic examination of the ladder found at the scene and how Koehler was able to link it to Bruno Richard Hauptmann The content can be uite dry unless you're into this kind of science I would recommend it

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  • 352 pages
  • The Sixteenth Rail
  • Adam Schrager
  • 22 August 2014
  • 9781555917739