The Ragged Stranger

The Hero, The Hobo & the Crime that Shocked Jazz Age Chicago
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Carl Wanderer, a decorated World War I hero, and his pregnant wife are accosted by a figure in the shadows as they walk home from the movies one night. Guns are drawn, and in the ensuing hail of bullets, only the husband walks away. However, police soon find out, that what seems to be a robbery gone wrong is anything but.

The Case of the Ragged Stranger, as the tabloids dubbed it, is a tale of deceit, betrayal, and depravity, a stranger-than-fiction mystery story whose shocking solution riveted the nation and made it one of the most sensational crimes of the Jazz Age.