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A Conclusion to the Ragged Stranger Mystery- Podcast #8

The day before his pending execution on September 30th, Carl’s last hope to stay among the living was a second stay of execution or to at least get his sentenced to commuted to life imprisonment. Governor Len Small, still under indictment for embezzlement, held Carl’s fate. Impassively entering the death cell, Wanderer grabbed a seat... Read more »

A Recap to the Mystery of the Ragged Stranger and Carl Wanderer

In our first blog post and podcast episode, I mentioned how I first learned of the Carl Wanderer and the Ragged Stranger mystery through a book on ghosts. The personal tie to this story of living in the house where the murder happened has been interesting to say the least. First, reading about the story in... Read more »

Old Pal, Why Don't You Answer Me?- The Hanging of Carl Wanderer

The day before his pending execution on September 30th, Carl’s last hope to stay among the living was a second stay of execution or to at least get his sentenced to commuted to life imprisonment. Governor Len Small, still under indictment for embezzlement, held Carl’s fate. “I am of the opinion this is a case... Read more »
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Carl Wanderer's Lover- Julia or James?

You can’t look too deep into the Ragged Stranger and Carl Wanderer story without coming across a reference to an alleged homosexual lover of Carl’s named James. Wanderer’s Wikipedia page describes the situation- Ben Hecht later claimed that shortly after the killing, he interviewed Wanderer and was struck by Wanderer’s happy and seemingly impassive manner just... Read more »

Ben Hecht Plays Where's Waldo's Head?

In an early article during his days as a reporter for the Chicago Journal, where Ben Hecht wrote from 1910-1914, Hecht introduced the city of Chicago to Dr. Wilhelm Stekel, an early psychoanalysis student of Dr. Sigmund Freud. As you will read below, Hecht and Dr. Stekel, spent a fair amount of time together with Hecht... Read more »

A Sheriff in Jail, an Impressive Family Tree, and More Tales from the Periphery of the Ragged Stranger Story

Our archives are here if you need to catch up… As we near the end of the Ragged Stranger story, there are a few characters that have been touched on in the story that merit having their tales told a little further. Today we’ll look at a few of them; Chicago Herald-Examiner reporter Charlie MacArthur, coroner Peter... Read more »
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The Spirit World on Trial

Our archives are here if you need to catch up…   Convicted of murdering his wife and the Ragged Stranger and being sentenced to death, Carl Wanderer had another lifeline as he went to trial for a third time. Unique to this trial would be that under the arcane 1845 law that allowed Wanderer’s appeal, no mention... Read more »

Carl Wanderer Appeals for His Life

Our archives are here if you need to catch up…   Judge Joseph David, after finding Carl Wanderer guilty of the murder of the Ragged Stranger, sentenced him to be hanged to death on the gallows on June 17, 1921. The courts of Cook County had recently sentenced several high profile cases to the death penalty and... Read more »

A Doctor, a Lawyer, and a Minister Walk Into a Bar

The trial for the murder of the Ragged Stranger had featured testimony from multiple alienists, as psychiatrists were known back then, and some of the testimony did not sit right with the presiding judge. Today, we’ll look at a quest to find the meaning of a then-common psychiatric term that is now considered somewhat offensive,... Read more »
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Is Eddie Ryan the Ragged Stranger?

Our archives are here if you need to catch up…   Had Barney Clamage not saved the Ragged Stranger from being buried as a John Doe, his story might have ended when the last shovel of dirt landed upon his grave. But of course the story didn’t end there. A young woman in her early 20’s called... Read more »