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A brother of Louise Luetgert and Diedrich Bicknese, who supposedly had been in a mental institution. Adolph Luetgert's lawyers tried to introduce evidence at his trial about the insane brother, arguing that it would show Louise had a history of mental illness in her family.
Parents: Kothner Diedrich Bicknese and Wilhemina Heideman.
This is probably the same person also referred to in some newspapers as Herman, who disappeared in 1873, or Fred, who had supposedly disappeared for 20 years then returned and died by 1899. A man named Herman Bicknese was committed to the asylum in Pueblo, Colorado, in 1888, but was discharged five months later and is said to be a resident of Pueblo. No trace of him could be found.
Ron Bicknese, who has been researching his family's genealogy, has found information on a Henry Bicknese in History of Franklin Co., Iowa (1914) by I.L.Stuart. This Henry Bicknese might be the brother mentioned in press reports. He traveled back and forth between a home in Hampton, Iowa, and Cook County, Illinois, between 1871 and 1890. He married Magdalena (Lena) Hornburger in 1877. They had seven children. So far, no information about Henry Bicknese from after 1914 has been found.
Variations of name: Fred Bicknese, Herman Bicknese.