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FULL WIRE REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 2, No. 20 Chicago, Monday, Oct. 21, 1912
WITT MURDERERS INDICTED; HEHR MURDERERS
SECRETLY CLEARED ONE MONTH AGO
Charles and Edward Barrett
and Arthur Friedman, Hearst
thugs, were today indicted by the
grand jury for the murder of Con
ductor Frank Witt last June.
But the Hearst thugs who mur
dered Teamster George Hehr
were not indicted.
This revealed one of the most
extraordinary actions on the part
of the state's attorney's office in
the last decade.
Two weeks agG, just after the
dismissal of the September grand
jury, The Day Book asked State's
Attorney John E. W. Wayman
what h ewas going to'dd about
the Witt and Hehr murders, both
of which should have been pre
sented to the grand jury long be
At that time, Wayman said :
"I did not present either the
'Witt or the Hehr cases to the
September grand jury because the
jury was too busy with vice cases.
I shall present both of tliem to the
October .grand jury."
The Day Book at the time
pointed out that Wayman's state
ment was not truth, inasmuch as
the September,, grand jury was
dismissed three days before it
peed have been.
But this duplicity is as nothing
compared to that uncovered by,
The Day Book Joday.
Early this morning, The Day
Book asked Wayman if he had
presented either the Witt or Hehr,
cases to the istting grand jury.
"I don't know anything about
if," he said. "I haven't time to
bother with such cases. Roy
Fairbanks is representing the
state before the grand jury."
The Day Book then went to
Fairbank, and asked him if the
two cases had been presented.
"Why, certainly," said Fair
bank, "the Barrett brothers and
Arthur Friedman have been in
dicted for the murder of Frank
"And how about the murderers
of George Hehr?" Fairbank was
"Why their case was presented
to the September grand jury,"
said Fairbank, "and dismissed for
lack of evidence."
Neither Fairbank nor Wayman
could explain how this was done
so secretly; how Wayman at the
time had lied to The Day Book
about the case.
Buck Masterson, another"
Hearst thug, and one of the men
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