Who's Who
Names beginning with
This index includes people in Alchemy of Bones, others connected with the Luetgert case and names that came up during the author's research.
Names in bold appear in the book. All addresses and ages are from 1897, and all addresses are in Chicago unless noted otherwise.
© 2003 Robert Loerzel.

Adolph J. Sabath An attorney employed by Louise Humpel to investigate her husband’s death at Dunning. Read more about the Dunning asylum and the case of the Dunning body-snatchers. Occupation: Justice of the peace, lawyer.
Address: 186 W. Madison.
Arnold Samner A man on the witness list for the second Luetgert trial; his role in the case is uncertain. 
John Santry Thomas J. O’Malley's co-defendant in the Colliander murder case. Read about the O'Malley case.
David E. Sasseen A Chicago correspondent for the New York Sun who wrote stories on the first Luetgert trial; called as venireman in second trial but not chosen for the jury. 
Michael John Schaack

A police inspector notorious for his role in the Haymarket Square bombing investigation and the author of a book about the case, Anarchy and Anarchists. He was also a key official in the Luetgert investigation. Born: April 23, 1843, Luxembourg.
Immigrated: At age 13 to the United States.
Early work history: Sailed on the Great Lakes for seven years as a second mate on steamers; worked two years for Ludwig & Co.’s private detective force.
Police experience: Joined police department June 15, 1869, as a patrolman at the old Armory under Capt. Hickey; became a patrol sergeant in 1872; captured Tommy Ellis in 1877; became lieutenant in August 1879; captain in August 1885.
Jack Schaffer A doorkeeper at the Cook County Jail, known as "Big Jack." Variations of name: Jacob Schaefer. 
Mrs. Schaffer A woman who lived at the Tosch boarding house.  First name unknown.
Maud Scherer

Chicago Journal, Sept. 24, 1897.

An acquaintance of the Schimke sisters. Address: 1255 N. Marshfield.
Occupation: Worked at Deering's factory.
Her mother was Mattie Scherer.
Frank Scheve A farm laborer in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, who saw a woman resembling Mrs. Luetgert. 
Emma Schimke

Chicago Daily News.

A witness who testified about seeing Adolph and Louise Luetgert on the night of the disappearance. Address: 638 Diversey Avenue, rear.
Born: December 1876.
Her parents
were Christian G. and Emma Schimke.
Her siblings were Gottlieba Schimke; Gottfried (b. March 1874) and possibly sisters Lena and "Mrs. William John Freund."
Variations of name: Schimke, Schimpke, Schimicke.
Marriage: She married Eamel Rolenger, who died in 1908, and later married Adolph Kuehl.
Gottliebe Schimke


A witness who testified about seeing Adolph and Louise Luetgert on the night of the disappearance. Her granddaughter, Dorene Laird, says: "I remember my grandmother saying she had to testify and that it was about a butcher and his wife had disappeared. My grandmother never talked much of her family. I only remember her talking of the trial, that she had to testify and something about someone finding a ring in the meat . I didn't know if she was making the story up or what." Address: 638 Diversey Avenue, rear.
Born: October 1882, Chicago Heights.
Full name: Gottlieb Wilhelmina Schimke.
Children and marriage: She had a daughter in 1905, then married Henry Messer in 1907. They had a daughter in 1911 and then moved to California in 1912 or 1913 and had six more children.
Died: 1970, California.
L. Schindler The theater manager at Aurora Turner Hall, who produced a play that attracted attention when people believed it was about Luetgert. 
George P. Schinsky A "prominent businessman" who was acquainted with acquaintance of Alexander Carl W. Grottey. Address: 52 Prince Street, New York.
Variations of name: George B. Schinsky.
William Schlake A Chicago alderman who received a letter supposedly written by Mrs. Luetgert.  
William Schmedtgen A newspaper artist who drew scenes at the first Luetgert trial for the Chicago Records. His artwork, including those sketches, was featured in an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in December 1897, which also showcased the work of newspaper artists John McCutcheon and Frank Holme.
Mrs. Herman Schmidt A woman who had conversations with Mrs. Luetgert before her disappearance. 
John F. Schofield A Boston resident who spent some time tracking down the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Luetgert. He was the editor of Butchers’ and Packers’ Magazine, based in St. Louis. On December 10, 1897, the Chicago Record reported: 

Mr. Schofield is a German-American, about 48, and has been engaged in journalism for twenty-eight years. His old home is in Providence, R.I. Mr. Schofield says that out of sympathy held by many old business associates of Luetgert in the case, and the fact that Luetgert is now penniless, he has for several months past been engaged in the mission of finding Mrs. Luetgert. His acquaintance with Mr. Luetgert came about through mutual business transactions, and while calling on Mr. Luetgert he became acquainted with the family...

Schofield brought to light the story involving a woman staying at the home of Clara Moss in Boston. Schofield believed the woman, who called herself Millie Barker, was actually Mrs. Luetgert. He told the Record: "I still believe that she is somewhere concealed in Boston, and that the man who called upon her during the three or four days that she was at 7 Bulfinch place was none other than a man with whom she was acquainted before her marriage and who for a long time after her marriage resided in Chicago. This man is believed to be at the bottom of much of the trouble in the Luetgert family. It is the belief of intimate acquaintances of Luetgert that the man in question led Mrs. Luetgert to leave home and family."

Matthew J. Scholey


A barkeeper at Hotel Maple in Kenosha, who saw the woman resembling Mrs. Luetgert. Variations of name: Schooley.

Chicago Journal, Sept. 24, 1897.

Herman Schuettler

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 31, 1897.

A Chicago police captain who handled the Luetgert investigation.
Richard L. Schulhof A friend of A.W.C. Grottey's, he had brother in Chicago who was a saloonkeeper. Address: 103 Mercer Street, New York.
Frederick A. Schultz Schultz, who said he had known Adolph Luetgert for some twenty-five years, testified that he had once seen Luetgert trying to strangle his wife. Address: 156 High Street.
Variations of name: Schults.
August Schulz An employee at the roundhouse in Kenosha, where Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.   
John Schur A resident of the Luetgert neighborhood who was quoted in some newspaper articles at the time of Luetgert's arrest. Address: Ward Street.
Variations of name: John Schurs. 
Lambert Schurz A Chicago saloonkeeper who married Mary Siemering sometime between the Luetgert trials and Luetgert's death in July 1899.
Anton Schuster A butcher employed by Luetgert. Occupation: Butcher, "polisher."
Address: 196 W. Division.
Variations of name: Anton Schuester.
Lewis B. Scott A witness who testified about hearing juror Frank Hoffman make biased statements. Address: He lived at 424 Cuyler Avenue. 
Secrist A police officer in Kokomo, Indiana, where Lillian English was mistaken for Mrs. Luetgert. He took English to Anderson, Indiana, on October 8, 1897.  First name unknown.
Abraham Seelig A butcher and grocer who delivered grocery stock to the Luetgert factory. Address: Home, 759 W. 21st Street; meat market, 236 S. Halsted.
Variations of name:
Selig, Seeling, Seeley.
Seligsohn A detective (first name unknown) with the Metropolitan Detective Agency in Cleveland who claimed to know Mrs. Luetgert's whereabouts. On December 29, 1897, the Cleveland World reported: 

Detective Seligsohn of the claims that he knows the whereabouts of Mrs. Adolph Luetgert and can produce her in 24 hours if necessary.

A conspiracy, he claims, exists to ruin Luetgert and to have him hanged, if necessary, to keep him out of the sausage business. He was written a letter to (Luetgert's defense lawyer), that he will produce the woman for a consideration of $5,000.

According to Detective Seligsohn Mrs. Luetgert is working as a servant in Summit County. He claims to have received this information from two female detectives that he has working in that part of the State, and who accidentally learned the facts.

Mrs. Luetgert, Seligsohn claims, is being paid a large sum of money to remain away from Chicago, by enemies of Luetgert in the same business that he is in. As the big German sausage-maker was fast absorbing all the business in his line, and would within a short time have had a monopoly of the trade, others in the same business decided that the only thing to do was to get him out of the way.

According to Seligsohn, he refused to sell, and they made a deal with his wife, having learned that they were not living happily together. After many conferences between Mrs. Luetgert and the rival sausage-makers, they agreed that she should disappear and a large sum of money was promised her if she should remain away from Chicago indefinitely until Luetgert is prosecuted for doing away with her.

"The men back of the conspiracy have thousands of dollars," said Seligsohn, "and every cent of it will be spent to bring about a conviction, if possible, of the big sausage-maker.

"Not even the proprietor of the boarding house knows that Mrs. Luetgert is domiciled under his roof, and the only way my detectives learned that she was in this town was by the frequent visits that are made by representatives of the sausage-makers to encourage Mrs. Luetgert to remain away from her home, and to pay her the monthly allowance agreed upon."

Maggie Shaughnessy An acquaintance of the Schimke sisters. Age: 15.
1248 N. Robey Street.
Courtland Shaw The representative of a phonograph company who unsuccessfully tried to make a recording of Luetgert speaking.   
Joseph S. Shaw

Chicago Daily News, Oct. 21, 1897.

A juror in the first Luetgert trial. Age: 71.
Address: 81 Bryant Avenue or 81 Grand Avenue.
Moved to Chicago in 1856.
Occupation: Railroad man (unemployed at time of trial).
Lemuel Shaw The judge who issued the groundbreaking ruling in the Parkman-Webster case that the prosecutors need not find a corpse to convict someone of murder. This was an important precedent to the Luetgert case.
H.C. Shekenberger A witness who gave an affidavit concerning the juror Henry Boasberg’s bias against Luetgert. 
Mary Siemering

Chicago Inter Ocean, Sept. 3, 1897.

A servant for the Luetgert family, rumored to be Adolph Luetgert's lover. She was apparently a cousin or relation of Mrs. Luetgert.

Chicago Journal, Sept. 26, 1897.
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Marriage: By July 1899, she had married Lambert Schurz and was helping him to run a saloon at 1141 Clybourn, near Lincoln Avenue.
Variations of name: Simmering, Siemmering.
Sigel A tenant at the boarding house in New York whence came a letter proposing a scheme to bribe the Luetgert jury. As Herman Schuettler investigated the plot, he told Sigel some of the details, and then the word of the investigation reached the newspapers. Schuettler believed Sigel had leaked the story, which ruined the detective's chances of finding the letter writer through surveillance.   First name unknown.
His uncle was "General Sigel."
Variations of name: Siegel.
Frederick A. Smith A reporter for the Chicago Journal and Palatine Independent who listened in on the Luetgert jury's deliberations. He also was called to testify about Luetgert grand-jury proceedings. The City Directory listed him as residing in Evanston. When he died in October 1944, the Palatine Enterprise published the following obituary:

Frederick A. Smith, a former Palatine boy and brother of the late A.G. Smith [publisher of the Independent], dropped dead in his office in Milwaukee a few days ago.

Mr. Smith at the time of death was publicty director of the Willkie Campaign in Wisconsin. He was formerly a newspaper man and had served as a reporter and city editor on three Chicago newspapers as well as papers in other parts of the country.

He was famous as a foreign correspondent of the Chicago Tribune during the World War and was the first American newspaper man into Berlin after the Armistice. To accomplish this stunt, he slipped away from a group of newspaper men being escorted behind the lines, hooked up with a German flyer and flew into Berlin.

Another scoop of Smith was the rescue of a American missionary, who had been captured by Chinese brigands. Smith organized a rescue for the missionary. While in China, he was stricken with typhoid fever and nearly lost his life.

One of his earliest feats as a newspaper man was his uncovering of the gambling-politics hook-up in Chicago while he was a young reporter on the old Chicago Journal.

In recent years Mr. Smith had devoted his time to the lecture and publicity work. He was known to many Palatine people and was well known and highly thought of among the old time newspaper men throughout the country.

George J. Smith


A Chicago police officer involved in the Luetgert case. Address: 3035 Ridge Avenue.

Chicago Daily News, Sept. 6, 1897.

William Smith A police officer in Kenosha, who saw the woman resembling Mrs. Luetgert. 
Dr. William Smith

Chicago Times-Herald, Jan. 10, 1898.
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A professor of anatomy at the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, he was charged in the body-snatching plot at Dunning.

Read more about the Dunning asylum and the case of the Dunning body-snatchers.

Amos J. Snell


A millionaire, the owner of a toll road from Chicago to suburban Wheeling, who was murdered in his home on February 9, 1888. Willie Tascott was suspected in the killing but he fled Chicago and was never seen again. In his book Challenging Chicago, Perry Duis writes, "For a generation afterward, 'Where's Willie Tascott?' became the local name for the 'hide-and-seek' game among the city's children."

Shortly after Adolph Luetgert was arrested in 1897, a Chicago police official, speaking anonymously, told a reporter: "The number of Mrs. Luetgerts that will now be seen at all points from Maine to California will possibly rival the number of missing Tascotts that were seen everywhere for years after the murder of Millionaire Snell. Unfortunately Mrs. Luetgert in the flesh will never appear." (Chicago Daily News, May 20, 1897.)

Charles A. Snow

Chicago Journal.

A juror in the second Luetgert trial. Age: 39.
1073 W. Polk Street.
Jacob Spengler

Chicago Journal, May 20, 1897.

A police sergeant involved in the Luetgert case. 


Thomas Stansren He was on the witness list for the second Luetgert trial and was cited for contempt. His role in the case is uncertain.  Address: 10 N. Central.
John G. Steffens A Chicago resident who testified about the supposed sighting of Mrs. Luetgert in Kenosha.
Charles Stemm The police chief of Kenosha, where Mrs. Luetgert was reportedly seen.
Elvina Stanger



A former domestic servant for the Luetgert family. Variations of name: Alvine or Elvina Stenger.

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 4, 1897.

Lawrence "Lon" Vest Stephens The governor of Missouri from 1897 to 1901, who refused to extradite Dr. William Smith to Illinois.
William F. Stine


A police sergeant at the Irving Park police station, he was removed from duty by Chief Kipley because of his alleged part in the Dunning morgue robbery. Variations of name: Stein.
Augusta Stoike A witness who testified about a conversation she'd had with Mrs. Luetgert. Address: 1921 Robey.
Variations of name: Stoeke, Stoyka.
Frederick A. Stowe A reporter for the Chicago Chronicle who covered the Luetgert case. Address: 55 S. Winchester.
Albert J. Street


He was on the witness list for the second trial and was cited for contempt; his role in the case is uncertain. Address: 1535 W. Monroe.
W.H. Stuart


A reporter for the Chicago Journal, he testified that he took chemical samples from the Luetgert factory on May 20. He also took part in the scheme to listen in on the Luetgert jury's deliberations. Variations of name: Stewart.
Louis and Mary Stuenkel Two of Adolph Luetgert's creditors.
Charles Stulik


 A doctor whom the defense called to testify in the second trial. He was disqualified from testifying because a juror was one of his patients. Address: 525 S. Lincoln Street.


Supposedly a member of Luetgert's defense team, he was mentioned as someone who did not attend his funeral. First name unknown.
John Summers A watchman at the Dunning asylum.
Sutherland  A Cook County bailiff at the Luetgert trials. First name unknown.