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YOU CAN READ THIS NEWSPAPER IN A CAR
WITHOUT BOTHERING YOUR NEIGHBORS
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. Cocnran,
Editor and Publisher.
500 South Peoria St.
Tel. Monroe 353.
VOL.NQ.llS Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 15, 1913 ONE CENT
WEBB DENIES HE IS HART'S MURDERER; POLICE
HAVE ONLY CROOK'S WORD FOR IT
Mike Cassella Lies When Webb Accuses Him of Mur
dering Detective Lavin, the Man Who Failed,
Trying to Wring Confession from Boy Bandit.
The police have got Robert
("Teddy") Webb, the boy auto
bandit, safely behind bars. A 1
small-army of detectives and po
licemen guard Webb's cell at the
Hyde Park police station.
And what's bothering the po
lice mostly right now is what in
thunder they are going to do
with him now they've got him.
Webb is indicted for the mur
der of Detective Peter Hart.
State's Attorney Hoyne says he
will be indicted again Monday
and rushed to trial before Judge
Kersten within a week.
But Webb steadfastly denies
that he killed Hart, and all the
third degree sweating of the po
lice has failed to break him down
And the police haven't got evi
dence against Webb on the mur
der charge to stick in a rattle
Hart was shot through the
heart in the auto bandit love flat
owned by Mike Cassella at 1617
South Wabash avenue Jan. 20.
In the room at the time of the
murder were . Hart, Webb and
Cassella did nothing to pre
vent the murder, and he allowed
Webb to make a clean getaway.
Cassella was arrested and sweat
ed. He said that Webb had shot
and killed Hart with Hart's own
revolver. He explained his not
preventing the murder and his al
lowing the escape of Webb by
saying that he was ''like a man in
In his various stories, Cassella
has contradicted himself several
times. Cassella has a bad record.
He is a crook. And he isthe lone
witness of the state against Webb
on the murder charge.
When Cassella last night was
taken to the detective bureau and
I shown Webb he- immediately