Case Number: 241

Bonzel, Richard B., colored, 34 yrs., died in Provident Hospital. Stabbed July 31, in Bonzel's room, 3146 Prairie Av., in quarrel, by Christopher Ford, colored, who was arrested. Held by Coroner's Jury Aug. 2. Sentenced Dec. 1, 1905, by Judge Barnes to Joliet Penitentiary.


Date of Offense December 3, 1904
Date of Death December 3, 1904
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Type of Location Place of business
Location Description Loop saloon, Blue Island, Ill.
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics constable shot while raiding slot machine atsaloon
Method of Killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon shot dead
Motive constable, shot dead?hile raiding slot machine
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide Yes
Description Police officer killed during apprehension
Total Number of Victims 1
Location Loop saloon, Blue Island, Ill.
Number of Defendants 5
Related to Organized Crime
Type of Business Bar/saloon


Name Biederman, Julius Jr.
Gender Male
Race White
Employed Yes
VictimEmploymentType Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Ethnicity Other, european
Occupation/ Skill Law enforcement


Name Webber, Henry
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White


Allegations of Police Corruption No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Days
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 8
Victim Employed by Law Enforcement Police officer on duty


Date of Coroner's Decision December 20, 1904
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Grand Jury Decision April 20, 1905
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified