Case of the Day

Case Description

Sallans, Sarah, (Mrs.), 42 years, shot dead at her home, 323 So. Racine Ave., by Peter Welter, a roomer, who committed suicide April 8th 1914: 27th Prct.

Case Number



Date of offense March 30, 1914
Date of death March 30, 1914
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 323 S. Racine Ave.
Type of location Residence
Type of residence Hotel, rooming house, boarding house room
Type of death Homicide
Type of homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics shot
Method of killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon shot dead
Murder/suicide? Yes
Total number of victims 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Sallans, Sarah (Mrs.)
Age 42 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, low white collar (clerk, bookkeeper, etc.)
Business Owner Restaurant, eating place, Hotel, Rooming house
Occupational skill Other, business person
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Welter, Peter
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity German
Defendant/victim relationship Known (recognized person)


Precinct 38
Allegations of police corruption No


Charges against defendant No charges recorded
Type of legal decision recorded None
Allegations of police corruption No