The Lindbergh Nanny The Lindbergh Nanny

I needed to take my shower. I needed to walk Barney Welsh corgi. I needed to water my flowers. But, I couldn’t tear myself away from the pages of the historical novel, The Lindbergh Nanny by Mariah Fredericks.

Sometimes called “the crime of the century”, the story of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s first baby is told from the nanny’s point of view. A Scottish immigrant, Betty Gow cared for baby Charlie from February 1931 until his kidnapping on March 1, 1932.

Through Betty’s eyes, we see into the lives of a few of the Morrow and Lindbergh’s employees and the impact the case had on them. Because several people had access to the house and family routines, they were suspects of the crime. Police knew there must have been an inside informant. Betty Gow’s pain and confusion along with her sense of guilt are well portrayed. As the nanny, should she have kept Charlie safe? Was she the inside person?

Ms. Fredericks represents the facts of this crime that caught worldwide attention, but if you want more information about it, go to the FBI website at Here you will find photos of Charles Lindbergh who was the first solo transatlantic pilot. Also pictures of the baby, and the initial ransom note. There you’ll be able to read additional notes about the case.

For information about Mariah Fredericks and her other novels, her website is:

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