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Case Description

Petzel, Charles, Age 31 - Fatally assaulted 11/27/15 by several men at N.W. Cor. Elston and Armitage Aves., 11/29/15 Ges. Natzke held to G.J. by the Coroner. 35th Pct. 4/1/16 to Joliet Pen. - Brothers.

Case Number



Date of offense November 27, 1915
Date of death November 27, 1915
Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address Elston and Armitage
Type of location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of public place Street, sidewalk or alley
Location description NW corner of address
Type of death Manslaughter
Type of manslaughter Unintentional killing, other
Murder/suicide? Yes
Total number of victims 1
Total number of defendants 1
Related to Prohibition? Yes


Name Petzel, Charles
Age 31 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Victim/defendant relationship Not related by family


Name Natzke, Ges
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity German
Defendant/victim relationship Relationship Unknown


Precinct 35
Date defendant arrested November 29, 1915
Total number of defendants arrested 1
Defendant ID'd at scene No
Time between crime and arrest Days
Arrest made at crime scene Yes
Allegations of police corruption No


Date of coroner's decision November 29, 1915
Outcome of coroner's judgement Defendant held to Grand Jury
Trial Judge Brothers
Jury verdict Yes
Type of legal decision recorded Coroner, trial
Outcome of trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Outcome of Grand Jury decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Date of sentence April 1, 1916
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville
Allegations of police corruption No