[Note: This article, originally sent out on Feb. 6, 1997, has since been updated
with information from the book Getting Away With Murder by two veteran Chicago crime
reporters, Ed Baumann and John O'Brien. - HAC ]
The Jewish community in Chicago, one of the wealthiest in the world, has always exercised
an extremely powerful degree of behind the scenes influence in the Windy City, an
influence just as pervasive and powerful (if not more so) as that of the Italian
organized crime syndicates, all the more sinister for being far less visible.
Between October of 1955 and December of 1956, a total of five White children, three
young boys including two brothers and a friend and two teenaged sisters, were abducted
and murdered in a manner which was suggestive of Jewish ritual sacrifice, the liturgical
object of which is to obtain Gentile blood to mix with the matzoh used in several
esoteric Jewish religious ceremonies such as Purim, Passover, and Kol Nidre at Yom
Kippur. The murder victims were John and Anton Schuessler, Jr., Robert Peterson,
and Barbara and Patricia Grimes. Both cases remain officially unsolved despite hundreds
of man-hours of investigation by the Chicago police. The Grimes case in fact featured
in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries several years ago, but the show produced no further
The cases shared certain characteristics in common. The boys, aged 14, 13, and 11
respectively, and the girls aged twelve and fifteen were found nude, and yet none
had been sexually assaulted. According to the pathologists' reports they had been
kept alive for some time after they were reported missing, although the unusually
cold weather in which the girls' bodies were exposed impeded fixing an exact time
of death. The corpses showed ligature marks on the wrists and ankles, indicating
that they had been tied or restrained. All the victims had been tortured with mostly
small, shallow cuts and puncture wounds, none sufficient to cause death of itself.
The official cause of death was listed as blood loss and shock due to blood loss
and exposure, although 14 year-old Bob by Peterson appears to have resisted his attackers
and was beaten on the head with a blunt instrument and strangled into unconsciousness
by strong hands with "fingernails like claws" which left marks on his throat. All
the childrens' bodies were "drained of blood".
Further peculiarities were observed in the pattern of the torture. The two female
victims had been tormented by repeated puncture wounds on the upper torso, thighs
and buttocks, suggesting a sadistic sexual element in the killers' motivations, but
the two youngest male victims, the Schuesslers, had been transfixed through the hands,
wrists, and feet by larger weapons similar to nails or a carpenter's awl, inflicting
wounds very similar to the so-called stigmata, the wounds of Christ. The eyes and
mouths of the boys had also been mutilated in a manner never publicly released.
Another interesting forensic aspect of the case was that the boys' wounds contained
traces of an unspecified GRAIN, of all things. Flour for the matzoh? Floor mat patterns
imbedded in the flesh of one victim indicated that his body had been transported
in a Packard automobile, a luxury car popular among the wealthiest people of the
time which was no longer made and which indicated someone with money enough to buy
and maintain such an upmarket vehicle.
What is interesting about these cases is not the unsolved murders themselves, but
the view which for once we are given of the lengths to which the Jews will go to
cover up suspected ritual murder cases. In view of the intense public interest in
the case there was of course a lot of media reporting. The Chicago Daily News published
an afternoon edition detailing the ritualistic nature of the wounds and speculating
that members of a “religious cult” might be involved. Within ten minutes of the edition
hitting the street, trucks were sent out to bring them all in; all copies were ripped
off the newstands and taken back to the News building where they were burned.
Eight copies of this issue were obtained by a woman named Mrs. Lyle Clark Van Hyning
who published a conservative journal called Women's Voice. When she called the Daily
News office to ask why the paper had been recalled she was told that there had been
"complaints" about it and it was likely to cause "racial unrest". Mrs. Van Hyning
had her own suspicions and sent the father of the two murdered boys, Anton Schuessler
Sr., a copy of Arnold Leese's definitive work Jewish Ritual Murder.
Schuessler read the booklet and was stunned by what he learned. He then made the
mistake of going to the police and demanding that the possible ritual murder angle
in his sons' death be investigated. The Cook County Sheriff of the time was a Jew
named Joseph Lohman, and he immediately placed Mr. Schuessler under arrest on suspicion
of killing his own children. A Jewish deputy named Horowitz was sent to the Schuessler
home with a party of men; having ransacked the house looking for "evidence", Horowitz
then placed Mrs. Eleanor Schuessler and her family under virtual house arrest, forbidding
them to leave the house or speak with anyone on the phone lest they "spread rumors
about the Jews." The two Chicago detectives in charge of the case, Irish lieutenants
James Lynch and James McMahon, later complained angrily that Lohman's Cook County
investigators had destroyed evidence, threatened and tampered with witnesses, and
generally impeded their efforts to solve the case at every turn.
Anton Schuessler, Sr. took a lie detector test which completely cleared him, as well
as proving that he had an ironclad alibi for the murders. Instead of releasing him,
the authorities committed Arnold Schuessler to a private mental institution in Des
Plaines , Illinois operated by a Dr. Leon Steinfeld. Mr. Schuessler was rushed right
into electroshock treatment, where he died the same afternoon he arrived at the "sanitarium".
There was sufficient public outcry over the bereaved father's strange death so that
a public inquest into Schuessler's case was held and Dr. Steinfeld forced to testify.
He stated that Arnold Schuessler was suffering from "hallucinations" and "paranoid
delusions" that "certain people were out to get him." Steinfeld claimed that the
elder Schuessler had died of a heart attack. (Schuessler was 42 years old and had
no previous history of heart trouble.)
In 1955, and even in Chicago , there were still a few honest public officials left,
one of them being the Cook County Coroner, a crusty old Irishman named Dr. Thomas
McCarron who was also a qualified psychiatrist. McCarron knew Dr. Steinfeld of old.
During World War Two, Steinfeld had been prosecuted for giving Jewish boys facing
the draft callup various legal and illegal drugs which would give them heart fibrillations,
fill their lungs with liquid to simulate tuberculosis, give them noxious skin conditions,
etc. so they could avoid military service. Steinfeld allegedly collected $2000 per
head for each Yiddishe Mama's Little Bubbeleh he spared from having to go face the
Nazis' cold steel and hot lead.
[As an aside, what do you want to bet every one of these draft-dodging kikes now
has some old Swastika banner he bought from a real vet hanging on his wall, along
with a caseful of phony medals? - HAC ]
Dr. McCarron called Steinfeld a liar and a charlatan and turned all the documents
in the case over to the district attorney, recommending that Steinfeld be prosecuted
for perjury and murder. He also bitterly denounced Steinfeld to the newspapers and
publicly stated his view that Arnold Schuessler had been murdered. In response he
received an official order from the district attorney to make no more public comment
on the case. Several nights later, to emphasize the serious nature of the warning,
a small bomb blew the front door off McCarron's house.
But there was at least some belated justice. Several days after the inquest closed,
Leon Steinfeld fled the country. He flew to Switzerland for a "rest cure" and one
morning was found hanging in his hotel room, an alleged suicide. Jewish newspaper
columnist Irv Kupcinet established a "sympathy fund" and shortly thereafter presented
Arnold Schuessler's widow, the mother of the murdered children, with $100,000 raised
from Chicago's Jewish community—an immense sum of money in 1955-56, worth easily
a couple of million today, and a very strange gesture for Jews to make to a Gentile
crime victim, a German at that, unless it was to buy silence.
There may have been one final murder connected with this ghastly case. British author
Arnold Leese was provided with massive amounts of news clippings and information,
including a transcript of the inquest, by his correspondents in Chicago, and he was
at work on a definitive account of the Schuessler case as one of the best documented
incidents of Jewish ritual murder in modern times when he suddenly died in the spring
of 1956. None of the Schuessler papers, which he had been working on and which he
showed to a number of friends and visitors, were found anywhere in his possession
when his effects were inventoried after his death. The last loose end was tied up.
One looks at those sad little faces on the milk cartons today, and one can't help
but wonder ...