Case Number: 9340

Willner, Max - Age 34 - Fatally shot 4:48 AM, 11/17/27 in Childs Restaurant, 55 W. Washington St., by one of two unknown men who fired thru the window at him whn he ran into to escape them. The murder is laid to labor union troubles. On 11/17/27 Steve Zaharchuck, Bus. Agt., was booked for murder but on 11/25/27 was exonerated by the Coroner and on 12/8/27 discharged by Judge Helander. 1 Dist.


Date of Offense November 17, 1927
Date of Death November 17, 1927
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 55 W. Washington St.
Type of Location Place of business
Location Description Childs Restaurant
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional murder
Characteristics shot by 1 of 2 men through a window when he ran in
Method of Killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon fired through window when he tried to escape
Motive labor union troubles
Description Car accident
Total Number of Victims 1
Civil Unrest murder is laid to labor union troubles
Location Childs Restaurant
Number of Defendants 1
Circumstances Related to Civil Unrest Yes
Related to Organized Crime
Type of Business Restaurant, food kitchen, other public eating place, hotel public place
Type of Civil Unrest Union or workers demonstration, or other labor related (not strike or picketing)


Name Willner, Max
Age 34 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european


Name Zaharchuck, Steve
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Other, professional


Precinct 1
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date Defendant Arrested 17-Nov-27
Time Between Crime and Arrest Less than 1 day
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision December 8, 1927
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Exonerated, Commended
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Helander
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence December 8, 1927
Outcome of Trial Defendant discharged