Case of the Day

Case Description

Kauss, John - Age 6 - Killed in motorcycle accident at Paulina St. & Lawrence Ave. 7/13/16 Robert Cizek held by the Coroner for manslaughter. 44 Pct. July 1916 No bill.

Case Number



Date of offense June 27, 1916
Date of death June 27, 1916
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address Paulina st and Lawence
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location description Paulina st and Lawene
Type of death Accident
Type of accident Automobile accident
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Car accident
Total number of victims 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Kauss, John
Age 6 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Employed Yes
Employment Type Outside labor force (incl. criminals)
Occupational skill Other, outside labor force, inmate
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Cizek, Robert
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Defendant/victim relationship Stranger


Precinct 44
Date defendant arrested June 27, 1916
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Time between crime and arrest Less than 1 day
Arrest made at crime scene Yes
Allegations of police corruption No


Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury
Date of Grand Jury decision July 1, 1916
Outcome of Grand Jury decision Indictment for felony murder
Allegations of police corruption No