Tag: True Crime

Cubs Fans on a Sox Jury?

After the public had been up in arms over the compromise verdict resulting in a 25 year prison sentence for killing his wife, Carl Wanderer was again put on trial, this time for the murder of the Ragged Stranger. The lead attorneys in that first trial, prosecutor James ‘Ropes’ O’Brien and defense attorney Benedict Short,... Read more »

He Was a Kind Young Fellow

Our archives are here if you need to catch up…   Hundreds of people had gazed upon the lifeless body in the morgue and hung over a dozen different names on the unidentified man, all to no avail. All that was left was the disposal of John Doe into an anonymous, mass grave in Potter’s Field. Before... Read more »

He Resembles Me Remarkably

Our archives can be found here if you need to catch up…   The Chicago Daily Tribune  reported in an Extra Edition on February 2, 1921 that the ‘poor boob’ known as the Ragged Stranger now had a name- “Although the identification is not yet official, three women who viewed the body of the ‘poor boob’... Read more »
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I Suppose We Wanted to Get Home

Blog post 17 can be read here if you missed it… With Carl Wanderer convicted for the murder of his pregnant wife Ruth, the twenty-five-year prison sentence he was given could be shortened to thirteen years and nine months if Wanderer gained credit for good behavior while in the penitentiary. The twenty-five-year-old wife killer would... Read more »

Who Was the Ragged Stranger? Podcast Episode #3

The Mystery of the Ragged Stranger podcast Episode #2- 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 two-flat. Ten... Read more »

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 »
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Was Al Watson the Ragged Stranger?

Part 13 can be read here if you missed it…   Al Watson The first few weeks of July saw a flurry of wishful identifications of the still unidentified body. The newspapers would start calling him the, ‘Ragged Stranger’ attesting to the ‘down-on-his-luck’ anonymity. The same day the police tried to track down John Maloney,... Read more »

Carl Wanderer- Somewhere in France During the Great War

Part 12 can be found here if you missed it… In searching for anything in Carl Wanderer’s war service that might shed on light on why he commited the crimes he did, I took a deep look at World War I and Carl’s place in it. The Great War left me truly in awe on... 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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Jack London in Veracruz

Part 11 can be read here if you missed it… Jack London was one of the most prolific and popular writers of the early 20th century with his short stories and novels (The Call of the Wild and White Fang among his most popular) still revered to this day.  An article London wrote from Veracruz... Read more »