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1932Congress approved the “Lindbergh Act,” which made kidnapping a capital offense. The law was passed after the kidnapping of the infant son of aviator and military officer Charles Lindbergh. After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down certain death penalty statutes in the 1970s, kidnapping alone was no longer a capital offense.1967Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington repealed the “Monkey Law,” which was the …

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