October 28, 1900
The body of Anton Lizl is found
Lizl was found around 6 a.m. Evidence showed he had been shot once in the back of the head, but the bullet failed to kill him. Lizl fought back against his attacker though the latter came out of the scuffle triumphant after slicing Lizl’s throat nearly from ear to ear, cut his face “to ribbons,” and dislodged an eyeball. The body had been found the day after the murder.
George Dolinski (incorrectly named Joseph in the accompanying article) was arrested the same day the body was discovered. His clothing was covered in blood, to the point it was saturated in some areas. Additionally, he had fresh injuries consistent with a fight, including a bruise under his eye and a cut on the inside of his lip.
During investigations it was found Dolinski and Lizl were brothers-in-law; their wives were sisters. Dolinski had recently sent his wife and their children to Europe, apparently with the intent of being able to pursue a relationship with his wife’s sister. Lizl’s murder seems to have been committed to further Dolinski’s ability to spend time with Mrs. Lizl.
Dolinski was convicted and sentenced to hang. On the day of his execution, both sisters visited the jail in hopes of saying their goodbyes. Mrs. Dolinski, with one of her young children in tow, was rejected by guards whereupon she began to slam her head into the jail walls. Unable to kill herself in such a crude manner, she ran to the Chicago River to drown herself and her child. She was stopped. Her sister, Mrs. Lizl, made an identical gesture when she was similarly turned away by the jail guards, also bashing her head against the walls. Both women were then placed under guard to prevent further self harm.
Dolinski was hanged on a October 11, 1901, nearly year after the murder. His last words were: “I am not guilty of the murder of this man. I am half dead right now.”
Hearn, Daniel Allen. Legal Executions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2016
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