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But, he increasingly noticed how civilization was moving in on nature. He became troubled by this. Charles Lindbergh had always loved aviation. But now he began to wonder if the technology he had done so much to advance had really helped humanity. In September 1962 the Lindberghs were warmly welcomed to the White House by President John F. Kennedy. They spent the night in the Queen’s Room at the White House. Lindbergh was deeply moved by the president’s graciousness and Jacqueline Kennedy’s warmth.
He also warned against the spread of Russian communism which was causing great anxiety at the time. He urged a return to basic spiritual truths rather than a complete reliance on science. Lindbergh always had a deep pacifism 50 Lindbergh Book 9/17/07 1:47 PM Page 51 in his heart. He flew combat missions and bombed targets. But he was sad to realize he was taking life. With the publication of his book, Lindbergh’s popularity grew. Even those people who were critical of his attitude before World War II had a better understanding of his reasons.
On August 16, 1932, Anne Lindbergh gave birth to her second son, Jon. In 1934, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, was arrested for the murder of the Lindbergh baby. He was a German-born carpenter from the Bronx. It was believed that he used a stepladder to kidnap the child. He then may have accidentally dropped Charles while climbing down the ladder. The baby must have been struck in the head, and he died instantly. In January 1935 a six week trial was held. Charles Lindbergh attended every day. Hauptmann was found guilty and condemned to death.