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in the auto bandit love flat at 1617
South Wabash avenue, January
He confessed to State's Attor
ney Maclay Hoyne, after Hoyne
had promised him that ne would
not be hanged if he confessed.
The real reason for Hoyne's
promise of clemency has not yet
been told, but two minor reasons
"Webb is just a boy who never
had a chance," said Hoyne, after
the confession. "His father was
a dipsomaniac; his motherwas
insane. He was brought up bad
ly; he was graduated from the
John'Worthy school and the Pon
The second minor reason is the
simple one that without a confes
sion, Webb could not be convict
ed. The evidence against him
was all circumstantial except that
of Mike Cassella, the owner of the
auto bandit love flat.
And Cassella is a crook, a crook
who once was accused of murder
himself, and who only escaped
trial for lack of evidence.
In the course of the confession,
Webb told Hoyne that he was
only a unit in an organized band
of auto bandits, the leaders of
which were three or four men. He
gave Hoyne the names of about
twenty of this band.
Seven of the band were arrest
ed today. The first was Emmet
Moran, a boy of seventeen, whose
home is at Thirty-first street and
All the arrested men are lock
ed up at the Hyde Park police
station. Moran's mother, Mrs.
Matilda Moran, went there to
.day an& begged for the release of
her son. It was denied.
Immediately after confessing,
Webb seemed more relieved. He
lost his surliness, and smiled fre
quently. He joked with the news
Today he ' seemed actually
cheerful. He said that he was
glad he had, confessed, and that he
liked State's Attorney Hoyne.
Webb is a curious study, a pro
duct of the big city, a product for
which all the citizens of the big
city are partly to blame.
And throughout the confessed
bandit and slayer's whole career,
there runs the one dominating
note women and his love for
It was because of his love for a
girl that Webb first became a rob
He was in the clutches of the
loan sharks. He had not the
money with which to lavish pres
ents on Mabel Conlisk as he so
greatly desired. So he got a gun
and went out to get the money.
"He was a good boy," says Mrs.
William Londergren, the woman
who promised Webb's mother as
she lay dying that she would look
out for her orphaned son, "until
he met Miss Conlisk.
"Then he began to stay out late
nights, and became a strikebreak
er andready to do anything for
Notlmce. did Webb ever hold
up a woman, and when his accom
plices suggested holding up
women he kicked.
It was with a woman that