Case Number: 3761

Graney, Thomas - Age 52 - Shot to death at Cicero Ave. and Fulton St. by Harry Ward when he attempted to stop the latter while escaping in an auto immediately after committing a robbery. On 10/25/20 Ward was held by the Coroner. 23 Pct. 12/27/20 Life sentence - Joliet Pen - McDonald. 7/15/21 Hanged in Co. Jail on Schwartz case.


Date of Offense October 23, 1920
Date of Death October 23, 1920
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address Cicero Ave and Fulton St.
Type of Location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of Public Place Street, sidewalk or alley
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics shot to death
Method of Killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon shot to death
Motive Victim attempted to keep defendant after a robbery
Description Robbery
Total Number of Victims 1
Number of Defendants 1
Related to Organized Crime


Name Grancy, Thomas
Age 52 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european
Victim Killed While Protecting Property Protecting other property


Name Ward, Harry
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White


Precinct 23
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Arrest Made at Crime Scene Yes
Date Defendant Arrested 23-Oct-20
Defendant Identified at Scene No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Less than 1 day
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision October 25, 1920
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge McDonald
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence December 27, 1920
Length of Sentence Life
Outcome of Trial Guilty of murder
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville