Case of the Day

Case Description

Thornroof, Victor, 34 ys. old. In company with several men, all of whom were drunk, he was either pushed or fell down at 48th St. & Oakley Av. breaking his neck. 20 prect. Charles Novy, John Sullivan, & Steve Cregileki held without bail Sept. 28, by Coroner's Jury. All and Robert Dichl acquitted in Judge Windes' court, Jan. 30, 1908.

Case Number



Date of offense September 16, 1907
Date of death September 16, 1907
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 48 st and Oakley Av
Location description pushed or fell down at 48th st or Oakly Av
Type of death Accident
Type of accident Other accident
Murder/suicide? Yes
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Alcohol related? Both victim and defendant were drinking/drunk
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Thornroof, Victor
Age 34 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family
Prior non-family relationship Acquaintances


Name Novy, Charles
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Prior non-family relationship Acquaintances


Precinct 20
Total number of defendants arrested 4
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision September 28, 1907
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Trial Judge Windes
Jury verdict Yes
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Acquitted
Date of sentence January 30, 1908
Allegations of police corruption No