Case Number: 3073

Becker, J.A. - Age 24 - Sailor, of St. Louis, Mo., found dead with skull fractured, on 3rd floor of Sharples Bldg., having been killed by unknown person or persons who robbed him. 27 Pct. 1/28/18 John Dell Claude brought back from St. Louis, Mo. & on 2/7 held by the Coroner. Burrell Corniels also indicted by Feb. 1918 G.J. but not arrested. 7/25/18 - Dell Claude to Joliet Pen. for Life - Kersten. - 10/30/19 - Cornielson - s/o - Nebel.


Date of Death November 11, 1917
Type of Location Residence
Location Description 3rd floor of sharples bldg
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Other murder, felony murder
Characteristics Fatally shot
Method of Killing Other
Weapon found dead with skull fractured
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide No
Total Number of Victims 1
Location 3rd floor of sharples bldg
Related to Organized Crime
Type of Residence Residence (Don't know whose)


Name becker, J.A..
Age 24 years
Gender Male
Race White
Employed Yes
VictimEmploymentType Employed, skilled (butcher, electrician, cab drivers, street car, etc.)
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Occupation/ Skill Other, skilled laborer


Name Claude, John Dell
Gender Male
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Race White


Precinct 27
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 28-Jan-18
Time Between Crime and Arrest Months
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 2


Date of Coroner's Decision February 7, 1918
Trial Judge kersten
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, grandy jury, trials
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence July 25, 1918
Felony Murder Classification Robbery
Length of Sentence Life
Number of Times Case Stricken Off 1
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville