Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897

Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897

by Robert Loerzel

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ISBN-13: 9780252074660
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 708,697
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Loerzel is an associate editor at Pioneer Press, which publishes newspapers in the suburbs of Chicago. He has received many awards for investigative reporting and feature stories from the Illinois Press Association, the Chicago Headline Club, and the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.

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Alchemy of Bones: Chicago's Luetgert Murder Case of 1897 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a descendant of the murder victim, I was contacted by the author and contributed what little I could toward his research. Of course, Mr. Loerzel contributed far more to my family tree research. Others had written about this case but I was never impressed with their results. It is difficult to make a good case or write a good story if most of the evidence is circumstantial. They didn't have DNA testing back then, so the few bone fragments that were recovered could never be conclusively proven to be those of Louise Bicknese Luetgert. So, where is all the evidence from that trial? No one knows or remembers what has become of it. I'm hoping this book will bring enough attention to this case that someone out there will stumble upon those bits and pieces of evidence stowed away for decades in the attic of the old family home. If any story about this murder can help accomplish that, it's this one. It is written in the style of some of the best murder mystery novels.