Case of the Day

Case Description

Smuczynski, Raymond - Age 10 - Died at the German Deaconess Hospital from injuries received 10/2/24 between 55th and 56th Sts., in Halsted St., where he was struck by an auto driven by Walter Chapman. On 10/18/24 Chapman was held by the Coroner. 11 Dist. Nov. 1924 No Bill.

Case Number



Date of offense October 2, 1924
Date of death October 17, 1924
Time between offense and death Longer than 1 week
Address 55th and 56th STs
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location description between 55th and 56th Sts on Halsted Ave
Type of death Accident
Type of accident Automobile accident
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Car accident
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Smuczynski, Raymond
Age 10 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Polish
Name of hospital where victim was taken German Deaconess Hos
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Chapman, Walter
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Defendant/victim relationship Stranger


Precinct 11
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision October 18, 1924
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury
Date of Grand Jury decision November 15, 1924
Outcome of Grand Jury decision Indictment for felony murder
Allegations of police corruption No