Case Number: 40

Ahoy, George A., Chief of Police, Margan Park, cut to death with knives by negroes. Six arrests. Mark Wyley, colored, arrested at Harvey, Ill., and taken to Morgan Park. Confessed to the cutting and was held by Coroner�s Jury. James W. alias Webb Payne and Hattie Payne, held as accessories. Wiley sentenced March 25, 1904, by jury in Judge Smith�s court to death by hanging. Mrs. Harriet Payne found guilty of manslaughter.


Date of Offense October 31, 1903
Date of Death October 31, 1903
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics cut to death with knives by negros
Method of Killing Knife (butcher knife)
Weapon cut to death with knives
Motive cut to death with knives by negroes
Description Gang Killing
Total Number of Victims 1
Excessive Violence Multiple wounds
Number of Defendants 1
Related to Organized Crime


Name Ahoy, George A.
Gender Male
Race White
Employed Yes
VictimEmploymentType Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Ethnicity Other, european
Known to Chicago Police as Other, known to Chicago police
Occupation/ Skill Law enforcement


Name Wiley, Mark
Gender Male
Ethnicity African American
Race Black


Allegations of Police Corruption No
Arrest Made at Crime Scene Out of city (in IL) arrest
Defendant Identified at Scene No
Location of Arrest Harvey, Ill.
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 6
Victim Employed by Law Enforcement Police unspecified, detective


Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Smith
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, grand jury, trial, and post conviction
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence March 25, 1904
Length of Sentence Death penalty
Outcome of Trial Guilty of murder
Post Trial Information Other
Sentence Completed Yes