Case of the Day

Case Description

Dillon, Edward, alias James Connors, fatally stabbed in quarrel at Silverman's saloon, 459 State St., by robert McGonigal, who was arrested by 2d Prect officers and held by Coroner's Jury April 30. Dillon died April 26.

Case Number



Date of offense April 20, 1903
Date of death April 26, 1903
Time between offense and death Within 1 week but more than 1 day
Address 459 State st.
Type of location Place of business
Type of business Bar/saloon
Location description Silverman's Saloon
Type of death Homicide
Type of homicide Intentional murder
Method of killing Other stabbing, stabbing unspecified
Weapon fatally stabbed in quarrel
Motive fatally stabbed in quarrel
Murder/suicide? Yes
Circumstances description Fight
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Dillon, Edward alias Connors,
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Killed while protecting person Protecting self
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name McGonigal, Robert
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Irish


Precinct 2
Date defendant arrested April 30, 1903
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Time between crime and arrest Days
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision April 30, 1903
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of police corruption No