Case Number: 6487

Leary, Frank - Age 42 - Fireman - Killed in Curranis Hall fire at 1369 Blue Island Ave. On 4/22/24 Les. Unell and Sam Moore manufacturers and tenants of the building, were held by the Coroner for murder by arson.


Date of Offense April 18, 1924
Date of Death April 18, 1924
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 1369 Blue Island Ave.
Type of Location Street, or other non-commercial public place/alley
Type of Public Place Other non-commercial public place
Location Description Curranis Hall
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Other murder, felony murder
Characteristics Curran's Hall Fire-Fireman
Method of Killing Other
Weapon killed in fire
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide No
Total Number of Victims 1
Location Curranis Hall
Related to Organized Crime


Name Leary, Frank
Age 42 years
Gender Male
Race White
Employed Yes
VictimEmploymentType Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Occupation/ Skill Other, professional


Name Moore, Sam
Gender Male
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Other, business person


Allegations of Police Corruption No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 2


Date of Coroner's Decision April 22, 1924
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Felony Murder Classification Arson