Teen dies in a faked suicide orchestrated by mother

March 13, 1922 Chicago, Illinois Margaret Shader (16, pictured) is fatally shot According to Margaret’s family, the teen had become despondent when her mother refused to allow her to marry her boyfriend, Frank Lee (16), on the basis of his race. The location of the pistol used to take Margaret’s life was near the body…

Suspected serial killer Johann Hoch is executed

February 23, 1906 Chicago, Illinois Johann Hoch* (pictured front left) is hanged for murder (* Hoch was the name he was best known by at the time of his execution. According to newspapers at the time, Hoch used a variety of aliases, changing both his fore- and surnames to suit his needs. These names included,…

Man hanged for assault and murder of 4-year-old

February 13, 1915 Chicago, Illinois Roswell Smith (27) is hanged for the murder of 4-year-old Hazel Weinstein On July 7, 1914, Smith lured Weinstein into a vacant building where he sexually assaulted her and either smothered or strangled her to silence her cries. Smith then carried Weinstein’s body into a house “with the pose of…

Woman fatally stabbed by son in her home

January 9, 2018 Downers Grove, Illinois Patricia James (pictured) is fatally stabbed in her home On the afternoon of January 9, neighbors called police upon seeing a man — later identified as Patricia’s son Kevin (23) — wandering in the street near Patricia’s home. Police responding to the scene found Kevin covered in blood in…