Case of the Day

Case Description

Towers, Clyde - Age 24 - Fatally injured 5/29/29 at 59th St. and Normal Blvd., while riding in an auto truck driven by Walter Harper, who caused same to collide with an automobile. On 6/5/29 Harper was held by the Coroner. 15 Dist. 1/22/30 - Acquitted - Gemmill.

Case Number



Date of offense May 29, 1929
Date of death June 4, 1929
Time between offense and death Within 1 week but more than 1 day
Address 59th & Normal Blvd
Type of location Vehicle
Type of vehicle Defendant's or co-defendant's private vehicle
Location description 59th & Normal
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 Towers, Clyde
Age 24 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family
Prior non-family relationship Acquaintances


Name Harper, Walter
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, skilled (butcher, electrician, cab drivers, street car, etc.)
Occupational skill Cab driver, street car driver, wagon driver
Defendant/victim relationship Stranger
Prior non-family relationship Acquaintances


Precinct 15
Date defendant arrested May 29, 1929
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Arrest made at crime scene Yes
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision June 5, 1929
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Trial Judge Gemmill
Jury verdict Yes
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Acquitted
Date of sentence January 22, 1930
Allegations of police corruption No