Carl Wanderer’s Last Song

Carl Wanderer photographed by the Chicago Daily News (expanded and updated from an older post after watching the first episode of  Fargo. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say it reminded me a little of this guy’s story) One day in 1920, Carl Wanderer came up to a drifter on Madison Street and told Read More…

Hangman’s Death Certificates

My, the things one finds on genealogy sites! More and more records come online all the time. Death certificates have never been THAT hard to get, but you normally have to pay to get them from the state archives, and I’m pretty cheap. In cases of hangings, I already know the cause of death, after Read More…

Death Penalty Banned in Illinois

FATAL DROP: TRUE TALES OF THE CHICAGO GALLOWSUntold stories of hangings in Chicago from 1840 – 1927$2.99 on kindle Don’t have a kindle? Use the FREE Kindle app for PC, mac, iphone, ipad, android, blackberry, etc! Gov. Quinn is expected to sign a bill that will abolish the death penalty in Illinois last week. Let’s Read More…