Case Closed: “Crime of the Century”

The police sketch of the kidnapper. Notice the strong resemblance to John Knoll.

The beer flowed freely as John Knoll chatted with his regular customers about events of the day. The post-Prohibition ‘Emerald Isle’ bar was a popular haunt with Irish-Catholics in the Yonkers neighbourhood of New York State and Knoll claimed to be one of them – an Irish emigrant, forced to leave behind his beloved homeland in search of a better life in the land of opportunity.

But history may have finally caught up with John Knoll, who was in fact Johannes Knoll, a German emigrant from the small town of Herxheimweyher in Rheinland Pfalz.

For the first time, a revealing new book from author, Robert Zorn (54) publicly names John Knoll as the callous mastermind and ringleader behind the 1932 “Crime of the Century” – the abduction and murder of the son of pioneering aviator and American hero, Charles A Lindbergh, the first man to fly non-stop from New York to Paris.

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Murder in Munich

The 1972 Irish Olympic Squad

40 years on, members of the 1972 Irish Olympic squad reflect on one of the most dramatic weeks of their lives.

With dreams in their pockets and hope in their hearts, over 7,000 athletes from 121 countries converged on the city of Munich on 26 August 1972, for the opening ceremony of the 20th Olympiad.

But the joy of medal success would soon be shattered by tragic events at 31 Connollystrasse.

In the early hours of 5 September, eight members of ‘Black September’, a Palestinian terrorist commando, scaled the ring-chain fence of the Olympic village, loaded their weapons, readied their grenades and forced their way into Apartment 1 – the block where the Israeli athletes were housed. Read more