Facts and Events
||John Henry Becker
||6 May 1873
||Elgin, Kane, Illinois, United States
||Wayne, DuPage, Illinois, United States
||13 Mar 1895
||Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesto Sophia Caroline Polkow
||6 Apr 1906
||Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States5045 S. Justine
with Sophia Caroline Polkow
||Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesa Painter and Decorator
||28 Nov 1926
||Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States5946 Laflin
||2 Dec 1926
||Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United StatesCedar Park Cemetery
When John was 24 in 1897 the extended family became embroiled in scandal when his sister Charlotte's brother-in-law Adolph was charged with murder following the disappearance of his wife, Louise. Police charged him with killing her and dissolving her body in a vat inside his sausage factory. The case was a national sensation and he became know as The Sausage King Murderer. John's brother-in-law Arnold then fell on hard times in his business dealings and committed suicide in grisly public fashion. John's father identified the body.
John died at age 53 of heart failure after an appendicitis operation.
Charles Charlotte Sophie John
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1880 US Federal Census: Wayne, Du Page County, Illinois, 1880.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Henry Becker Death Certificate. (Death Certificate), 1926.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Charlotte Becker Black Birth Certificate, Name Of Person: Charlotte Becker. (Birth Certificate), 1906.
- ↑ Cedar Park Cemetery Records: Deceased: John Becker. (Cemetery Record), 1926.
Cedar Park Cemetery Record
- ↑ John and Sophie Becker Headstone. (Cedar Park Cemetery, 123rd & Halsted, Chicago Illinois), 1926.
Cedar Park Cemetery Headstones
- ↑ 1900 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 30, Cook County, Illinois, 1900.
- 1910 US Federal Population Census: 29-Wd Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 1910.
- 1920 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 31, Cook County, Illinois, 1920.
- ↑ John Becker Obituary. (Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, Nov 30, 1926), 1926.
- ↑ Robert Loerzel. Alchemy of Bones by Robert Loerzel.
- Illinois State Archives Polkow Marriages, 1895.
- John Becker - Sophie Polkow Marriage Certificate. (Marriage Certificate), 1895.
- Chicago Tribune. Becker Polkow Wedding Announcement, 1895.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 John Becker WWI Draft Registration, 1916.
- John Becker in "Black and Feaster Lineages" at Ancestry.com
- ↑ Death Certificate
- ↑ Cedar Park Cemetery Record
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Cedar Park Cemetery Headstones
- ↑ Obituary