Case Number: 9924

French, Martin - Age 70 - Colored - Fatally shot at 1:12 PM, 1/18/29, in the Franklin Trust and Savings Bank, N.E. corner of 35th St. and Michigan Ave. while attempting to frustrate a robbery by five Negro bandits who escaped. A raid on 3341 Wabash Ave., the same night, yielded the capture of Leonard Shadlow [Ex.], Harry Williams, alias LaFon Fisher [Ex], Leon Brown [Ex.], Melvin Jenkins [Life], and Herbert Hare [Life], who were identified as the bandits and who signed confessions after re-enacting the holdup. On 1/24/29 all were held by the Coroner. Steve Dickson, alias Dixon [Life], is wanted. 4 Dist. 5/28/29 Jenkins - Life in Joliet Pen. and Shadlow, Williams and Brown to die on 6/21/29 - Gentzel. 5/31/29 - Hare to Joliet Pen. for life - Taylor. 6/18/29 Stayed to 7/19/29 - Gentzel. 3/12/30 Aff. by Sup. Ct. (all 3). 7/8/30 Aff. by Sup. Ct. (all 3). 10/3/30 - Shadlow and Fisher, alias Williams executed in Elec. Chair. 9/30/30 - Brown case - Verdict Sane & Sentenced to die 10/17/30 - Williams. 11/28/30 - Brown executed in Elec. Chair in Co. Jail. [4/5/30 Steve Dixon brought back from Jackson, Miss. and held on Indictment. 6/27/30 To Joliet Pen. for life - Normoyle.


Date of Offense January 18, 1929
Date of Death January 18, 1929
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address 35th St. and Michigan Ave.
Type of Location Place of business
Location Description in the Franklin Trust and Savings Bank, N.E. corne
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional manslaughter
Characteristics robbery of bank
Method of Killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon fatally shot
Motive victim was attempting to frustrate a robbery by "N
Victim Initiated Events Leading to Homicide Yes
Description Robbery
Total Number of Victims 1
Location in the Franklin Trust and Savings Bank, N.E. corne
Number of Defendants 6
Related to Organized Crime
Type of Business Other place of business


Name French, Martin
Age 70 years
Gender Male
Race Black
Ethnicity African American
Victim Killed While Protecting Property Protecting other property


Name Shadlow, Leonard
Gender Male
Ethnicity African American
Race Black


Precinct 4
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Arrest Made at Crime Scene Escaped, arrested later
Date Defendant Arrested 18-Jan-29
Defendant Identified at Scene No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Less than 1 day
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 5


Date of Coroner's Decision January 24, 1929
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Gentzel
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence May 28, 1929
Felony Murder Classification Robbery
Length of Sentence Death penalty
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Outcome of Trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Post Trial Information Death sentence carried out
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville