Case of the Day

Case Description

McWilliams, Luther - Age 30 - Shot to death at 7:30 PM, 4/27/30, in 2nd fl., 646 Garfield Ave., by Frank P. Gascon, who was held by the Coroner on 5/6/30. Gascon found deceased in the company of Mrs. Gascon and accused him stealing his wife. The Gascons had recently been divorced. 36 Dist. 11/11/30 - Acquitted - Finnegan.

Case Number



Date of offense April 27, 1930
Date of death April 27, 1930
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Time of day (approx) Evening (5:00 p.m. - 10:59 p.m.)
Time of day (exact) 12:19 am
Address 646 Garfield Ave
Type of location Residence
Type of residence Residence of defendant
Location description 2nd floor
Type of death Homicide
Type of homicide Intentional manslaughter
Characteristics defendant found the victim in bed with his wife
Method of killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon Shot to death, gun unspecified
Motive The victim was in bed w/ the defendant's wife
Victim initiated events leading to homicide Yes
Murder/suicide? Yes
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name McWilliams, Luther
Age 30 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Frank P. Gascon
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Defendant/victim relationship Relationship Unknown


Precinct 36
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Allegations of police corruption No


Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Trial Judge Finnegan
Jury verdict Yes
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Acquitted
Date of sentence November 11, 1930
Allegations of police corruption No