Facts and Events
SOPHIE LUETGERT was born in 1887 at Illinois. She had to be born in 1887, if sister Elsa was born in 1888. She appeared on the census of 1910 at Ward 29, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. She was single, living in her mothers household in 1910, age 22.
Everything came apart in 1897 when their uncle 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.
Things fell apart after that. Their father fell on hard times in his business dealings and committed suicide in grisly public fashionS2.
The family must have coped by sticking together. 2 years later the 1910 Census showed them all living together in their house at 5124 Ashland Avenue in Chicago.
- ↑ 1910 US Federal Population Census: Chicago Ward 29, Cook County, Illinois, Primary quality.
- Robert Loerzel. Alchemy of Bones by Robert Loerzel, Secondary quality.