Tuesday, August 2, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 2

August 2, 2003 - A prominent German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, broke the news on this date that Minnesota native Charles Lindbergh, the famous American Aviator, had a second secret family in Berlin, Germany. According to the report, 55-year-old Lindbergh met and fell in love with Brigitte Hesshaimer, a 31-year-old hat maker, on a visit to Germany in 1957. They had three children together, who discovered their father's identity only after his death in 1974.

“The second child, Astrid Bouteuil, contacted Süddeutsche Zeitung eight months ago and presented what she said were more than 100 letters written by Lindbergh to her mother in the course of his travels. His double life remained a secret from his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, with whom he had six children.”


A picture taken on August 14, 2003, shows Astrid Bouteuil and her brothers Dyrk Hesshaimer (L) and David Hesshaimer



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