Tag: Chicago Police

Carl, Ruth's Ghost, and the Other Denizens of Murderer's Row

If you need to catch up on the story, please check out our archives…   With Carl Wanderer sentenced to die on the gallows for murdering the Ragged Stranger, he was not sent back to the penitentiary in Joliet but was instead kept in Chicago in the Criminal Courts building at 54 west Hubbard. Much... Read more »

Getting to Know More Strangers- Podcast Episode #5

The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger podcast Episode #4- Carl Wanderer Goes at Trial can be found here…   The first few weeks after the murder of Ruth Wanderer saw a flurry of identifications of the Ragged Stranger. While the identifications of John Maloney and Al Watson garnered the majority of the headlines from this time, there... Read more »

We Find the Defendant Guilty! But...

Blog post 16 can be viewed here if you missed it…   The trial for the murder of Ruth Wanderer saw the courtroom packed every day, shoulder to shoulder, with hundreds of ‘murder fans’ that had waited in line to get their seat at the trial. Beyond those in the Criminal Court building, the trial... Read more »
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Carl Wanderer Is Doomed by a Love Letter at Trial

Post 15 can be read here if you missed it…   After Carl Wanderer had confessed to the murder of his pregnant wife, their unborn child and the Ragged Stranger, public scorn and condemnation of him was rife. When word came out that he had been dating a seventeen-year-old girl before and after his wife’s... Read more »

Pork and Beans- The Carl Wanderer Confession

Part 14 can be read here if you missed it… After being arrested by the police on the night of July 6th, Carl Wanderer was held for days of questioning. The last day, July 9th, he was awoken at 2 o’clock in the morning and would go on to endure a 16-hour interrogation that the... Read more »

Murder in the Vestibule- Podcast Episode #2

The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger podcast Episode #1- A Prelude to Murder can be found here if you missed it…   This podcast aims to take a deep look, at what was one of Chicago’s most famous crimes. In 1920, on a quiet North Side street, three people entered a tiny vestibule of a... Read more »
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John Maloney- Manslaughter and the Duluth Lynchings

Part 6 can be found here if you missed it… After having tracked down Earl Masters the police determined that the John Robinson Circus commissary ticket found on the body of the Ragged Stranger had been in a jacket Masters had lent to fellow circus worker John Maloney. The police determined that without telling any of... Read more »

E. Masters and the Creepy Clowns of the John Robinson Circus

  Part 5 can be read here if you missed it… One of the highlights of every summer in the pre-television days was the circus coming to down. The big top, a midway teeming with circus barkers extolling their freak shows or trained wild animals; the circus was the place to be whenever it was... Read more »

The Colt .45 and Abercrombie & Fitch

  Part 3 can be found here if you missed it… As America fought in the Philippines in the 1899-1902 Philippine-American war the American soldiers found themselves up against the indigenous Moro tribe who, among other tribes, were said to often take native herbs or drugs that made them fierce to fight. It was said they made... Read more »
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Monsieur Bertillon, Captain Evans, & How to ID a Body in the Early 1900's

Part 2 can be read here if you missed it… While homicide detectives investigated the leads on the Colt .45, the John Robinson Circus, and the Chicago Chauffeurs union, another faction of Chicago’s finest was called in to see if they could shed any light on whom the Ragged Stranger might be. The Police Identification Bureau... Read more »