100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Boy Murderer In Chicago Bound For Trial

Last week in Chicago, Illinois August Jantzen, 53, was shot and killed during an attempted robbery by a 16 year-old Elmer Fanter. Although he put up little resistance, Fanter shot Jantzen, explaining the cause of the murder “… he [Jantzen] swatted me on the cooo. Well, I ain’t takin’ that sort of stuff off’n no one, so I ups with my rod and lets him have it right through the heart.”

On March 2, 1915 the coroner returned a decision of homicide against Elmer Fanter, being called in the press ¬†“The Boy Murderer.” He will be held over for an indictment by the Grand Jury. This photo was taken March 2, 1915 of Fanter in custody.

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