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Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930

Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930

Against the backdrop of Chicago's emergence as a major American city, this collection presents a unique record – the Chicago Police Department Homicide Record Index – chronicling 11,000 homicides in the city during 1870 to 1930. Because these crimes became cases, these records are also the foundation for a study of courts and legal institutions. The police and their operations were inextricable from those they answered to, the mayor and alderman, ward politicians, and the citizens of Chicago. Thus the records offer an opportunity to study the rule of law, or its absence, and this theme is echoed throughout the various facets of the research conducted to date under the auspices of this Project. The public is invited to interact with the searchable database and to explore the 25 cases... Show More


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