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Who's Who
Names beginning with
A B C D E F G H IJ K L M N O PQ R S T UV W XYZ
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.

Henry Ulrich A watchman at the Dunning asylum, known as "Big Hank," who was charged in the body-stealing plot. Shortly before his arrest in October 1897, he had married and moved to a home six miles west of Dunning, at Bowmanville on the Crawford Road. Variations of name: Ullrich.

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

Van Rye The sheriff in Grand Haven, Michigan, where Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.  First name unknown.
William Alexander Vincent


Chicago Daily News, Aug. 25, 1897.

The lead defense attorney in the first Luetgert trial.

 

Carl Voelcker A chemist who worked for Luetgert in March 1894, analyzing salts. Luetgert asked Voelcker to leave the job in September 1895, after which he became an opera singer. Variations of name: Volker, Valcker.
D.J. Von der Hohe A merchant in Hanover, Germany, who was an old business acquaintance of Luetgert's. He wrote a letter to Luetgert in August 1897, ordering 100 cases of sausages. Jesting with a reporter, Luetgert claimed the letter contained news about his wife.