ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Retired judge Lise Pearlman got interested in researching the Lindbergh case when she wrote her first history book published in 2012, The Sky’s The Limit: People v. Newton, The Real Trial of the 20th Century? [Regent Press] that compared the significance of the 1968 death penalty trial of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton to other, better remembered “trials of the century”. Her book won awards in the categories of law, history and multiculturalism.  She later published three other award-winning history books, including one in 2017 with an updated chapter on the Lindbergh kidnapping -- With Justice for Some: Politically Charged Criminal Trials in the Early 20th Century that Helped Shape Today’s America.

To produce Suspect No. 1, Pearlman recruited her daughter Jamie Benvenutti as her chief research assistant for help digging into the 1932 kidnapping and murder of Lindbergh’s first-born. The dusty archives and out-of-print books they teamed up to examine revealed far more about the mysterious crime than has ever been publicly disclosed before. With the assistance of both her daughter’s phenomenal research and the expertise of nationally renowned pathologist Dr. Peter Speth, Judge Pearlman believes she has now laid bare what most likely happened to the kidnapped toddler; how Bruno Richard Hauptmann was framed and executed for the crime; who really did it;  and how, when, where and why the toddler died.

Pearlman was an undergraduate in the first class that included women at Yale University where one of the key Lindbergh archives is housed. She attended Berkeley Law School and then clerked for California Chief Justice Donald White before practicing law in Oakland, California. From 1989-1995, she served as the first Presiding Judge of the California State Bar Court and later chaired Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission. Her research for the Lindbergh book over the past decade took her to libraries on both coasts as well as the mid-west. 

Pearlman is currently producing the companion documentary project to her 2016 book American Justice on Trial: People v. Newton. www.americanjusticeontrial.com

Author and retired judge Lise Pearlman may be contacted for questions, interviews, & speaking engagement requests via the contact page on this website. (www.lisepearlman.com)