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THE LOOP PAPERS "LAID OFF" THE WINEMAN
DEATH STORY WHY? READ OUR STORY
Twenty minutes after Joseph
Wineman, millionaire loop hotel
owner, shot himself in-jthe right tem
ple yesterday afternoon every trust
paper had received the signal to "lay
off" the story.
This was because Wineman was
the husband of Lulu Mandel and was
brother-in-law of the Mandels who
own the department store. Some of
the newspaper publishers got their
instructions to kill the story from
Robert Mandel himself.
The Daily News put over a clean
scbtop. This was because that paper
was tipped off along with the Journal
at least a half hour before the pub
lic knew of the shooting, which oc
curred in the Windsor-Clifton hotel,
owned by Wineman.
But the News was not very proud
of the scoop and the story was bur
ied at the bottom of the first page
beneath one of Bradley's cartoons.
It stated that the suicide was a son-in-law
of the late millionaire, Leon
In the later editions the name of
the former owner of the department
store was lifted and the story was
rewritten without any reference to
his relationship to the merchant
When reporters for the News,
Journal and Day Book reached the
Windsor-Clifton hotel on a "tip," the
police knew nothing of the shooting.
Wineman had already been spirited
from the hotel to the Michael Reese
hospital in an auto.
Robert Mandel himself had been
hurriedly summoned from the store
and had taken charge of the publicity
end oi the affair. The publishers of
the afternoon papers werereached by
phone and asked not to play the
The Post printed more than any
other paper. It said nothing, how
ever about the suicide's connections
with the Mandel family. Its story
was on the first page.
The Jorunal printed less, but on
the front page. The News sunk the
little story it printed in the later edi
tions at the bottom of the second
But the place o ftrust press honor
went to the American. It printed the
smallest story of all and put it on
the eighth page. Oddly enough, the
story, although it told only half the
facts, was placed right alongside of
a big Mandel Bros.' advertisement
The complete story as far as it
has been divulged follows:
Wineman awoke yesterday and
complained of not feeling well. He
called an employe of the hotel to his
room, No. 24, and told him that when
the assistant manager, J. R. McKer
cher, arose he was to come to the
McKircher knocked at the door
shortly before noon. As he opened
it he saw Wineman standing before
a mirror with a revolver to his head.
Before his assistant could reach him
the gun was discharged and Wine
man fell to the floor.
They hurried him to the Michael
Reese hospital, but he died soon after
Two notes weer found scribbled
on a pad of paper.
One read: "Call Robert Mandel,
private exchange 10." '
The other: "Don't call Mrs. Wine
man." Mandel was called and he took
charge of the unpleasant affair. An
hour after the suicide he was
reached at his home.
"I have nothing to say about the
affair at this time," he told a report
er for The Day Book. "Really, I
can't make any statement and I
wish you would excuse me."
Wineman leaves a widow and
three children. His home was a
3431 S. Michigan av.