Chicago History The Stranger Side

Chicago has some of the strangest history around!

The mysterious grave marker of August Boness

The Mysterious Grave Marker of August Boness

I originally published this story as a three-part blog on Chicago Now which no longer exists.  It has given me the opportunity to combine them into one cohesive story with additions and corrections from the original. For decades the residents of Justice, Illinois, and curiosity seekers from elsewhere wondered about the grave marker that was …

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Page 2 of Nathan Leopold's passport

Nathan Leopold Almost Made it to Europe before being Arrested for the Murder of Bobby Franks

It is funny how a twist of fate can affect everything. Nathan Leopold Jr.’s birthdate is coming up on November 19th (2 days) and most crime history buffs are aware that he was arrested and charged along with his partner in crime Richard Loeb with the murder of Loeb’s cousin, Bobby Franks. They committed this …

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Otto Funk The Chicago Library Thief

Otto Funk The 19th Century’s Great Chicago Library Thief

As a book lover myself I was drawn to the story of Otto Funk, the most prolific book thief in Chicago history.  As most great stories, I had come across this one by sheer happenstance as I was researching an unrelated story concerning the Chicago Public Library.  It contains all the elements of a great …

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James E. Dukes Executed

The Last Death By Electric Chair in Chicago

On February 18th, sometime before the Pandemic, I was pondering what to write about and discovered that Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta was born February 18, 1745.  Volta is credited with inventing the first chemical battery and separating and identifying the odorless gas, methane.  You can probably deduce by his name that the term to describe …

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