Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hauptmann's Ladder Named 2014 True Crime Book of the Year

Hauptmann's Ladder

A Step-by-Step Analysis of the Lindbergh Kidnapping

Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner
Gold, True Crime (Adult Nonfiction)
Richard T. Cahill Jr.
Kent State University Press
Publication Date
Feb 12, 2014

Monday, March 23, 2015


My interview about my book on the web page for true crime author, Annemarie Ackerman.
Richard Cahill, author of the new book "Hauptmann's Ladder," offers insights into the Lindbergh...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Finalist

My book is one of 7 finalists for the 2014 Foreword Reviews' True Crime Book of the Year. One of the other finalists is my friend John Ferak's book "Bloody Lies".
Hauptmann's Ladder is a Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LATEST REVIEW -- This one is from noted true crime author, Ann Marie Ackerman.

Harold Schechter calls Hauptmann's Ladder the "definitive examination of the Lindbergh case," and he's right. Richard Cahill spent 20 years researching the Lindbergh kidnapping, and that shows in his book.

Hauptmann's Ladder is a comprehensive review of the kidnapping and resulting trial. Cahill takes us through both, providing an hour-by-hour summary of the crime and witness-by-witness examination of the trial. He not only gives the reader a thorough overview, he offers pieces of evidence you won't find in other books, such as Hauptmann's rental agreement for a second apartment starting the day of the kidnapping (a place he planned to hide the Lindbergh baby?).

While reading this book, I compared it to other books I have on the Lindbergh kidnapping and could immediately spot where the others deviated from the evidence. For instance, Cahill takes us through the trial testimony on fingerprints found in the baby's bedroom, but despite the testimony, some sources still say the bedroom had been wiped free of prints.

I appreciate both Cahill's thoroughness and objectivity. He rarely gives his opinion, but when he does, his background as a trial lawyer gives it added punch. As a (former) fellow attorney, I can say his analyses are spot-on.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ask The Author

There are some web sites out there dedicated to the Lindbergh Kidnapping.  After the release of my book, Lindbergh researchers and those just interested in the case had a lot of comments, some positive and some negative.  (More positive though -- thank God).  They also have offered many questions such as why I chose certain sources over others, why I focused on one thing and not the other, etc.

I decided to do something that most true crime authors do not and have not done.  I have decided that I will use my site/blog for Hauptmann's Ladder to not only answer their questions, but also to accept more questions.

So, if you have any questions about the Crime of the Century or about my book, fire away. I will answer them as quickly as I can.  Just be patient especially for more detailed and complex questions.

I have one rule, however. I will not tolerate or even post obscenities, insults, or silliness.  I will just delete such comments and questions.  My hope is to make this interesting and fun.