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Case Description

McElligott, Lawrence. 46 yr. Shot dead in his saloon 601 So. Cairo Ave. by his brother Thomas who was arrested and held by Coroner 7/27/15 - 26 Pct. 11/4/15 to Joliet Pen. - Burke.

Case Number



Date of offense July 26, 1915
Date of death July 26, 1915
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 601 S. Cairo St.
Type of location Place of business
Type of business Bar/saloon
Location description Saloon
Type of death Manslaughter
Type of manslaughter Unintentional killing with gun
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Family quarrel
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Alcohol related? Homicide occurred in drinking establishment
Related to Prohibition? Yes
Prohibition-related location Place where liquor was sold


Name McElligott, Lawrence
Age 46 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Business Owner Bar/saloon
Occupational skill Store owner, hotel owner
Killed while protecting property Protecting bar/saloon
Victim/defendant relationship Other family relationship


Name McElligott, Thomas
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Defendant/victim relationship Family (include in laws, multi-generations, step relations)
Related by blood or marriage Siblings


Precinct 26
Date defendant arrested July 26, 1915
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Time between crime and arrest Less than 1 day
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision July 27, 1915
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Trial Judge Burke
Jury verdict Yes
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Outcome of Grand Jury decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Date of sentence November 4, 1915
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville
Allegations of police corruption No