Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Violent attack on wife, children result of bootleg whiskey

From the Chicago Daily Tribune
Published January 26, 1917

A man drunk on bootleg whiskey he obtained from a “blind pig” (a term used to refer to police officers who could be bribed to ignore illegal speakeasy operations) attacked his family. He pushed his wife and 2-year-old against a hot stove, choked his daughter, and slashed his 11-year-old son twice. He then threatened responding police officers with a knife and gun until an officer wielding a piece of stove wood hit him senseless over his head. The man had a past of abusive actions towards his family including forcing his wife and daughter to work to support him and only allowing the rest of the family to eat once he had had his fill.

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