Old Colony History Museum

Jafsie at the Belmore: Lindbergh Kidnapping Figure Charms Tauntonians

By William F. Hanna

At just before 1:30 in the morning on Saturday, January 5, 1935, two men approached the registration desk at the Belmore Hotel, on Weir Street in Taunton. The younger of the two was Ralph E. Hacker, of Fort Lee, New Jersey and his appearance in the city would have brought no special notice. His companion, however, was his father-in-law and one of the most famous men in America. He signed the guest register as “John F. Condon, of the Bronx, N. Y. C.,” but wanting to let people know exactly who…