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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 25, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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Joliet, III., June 25. After a six
hour deliberation which resulted in
the coroner's jury finding the beau
tiful wife of Warden Allea was mur
dered "by some person unknown to
the jury," it was recommended that
"Chicken Joe" Campbell, negro
trusty who served as butler in the
warden's prison suite, should be held
to the grand jury on the evidence
produced. Deliberation as to any
possible accomplices of Campbell's
resulted in no decision.
The verdict fails to throw any light
on the crime that shocked the state.
It finds that Mrs. Odette B. Allen
came to her death by a blow inflicted
on her right temple, fracturing the
skull, said blow being inflicted "by
some kind of blunt instrument by
some person unknown to the jury,"
and the man who brutally betrayed
1,800 "honor" prisoners may still
roam the penitentiary.
It is admitted that the evidence
against Campbell is very fragile. Not
a single motiye for the crime has
come to light in the five days since
the slaying, and despite the most rig
orous third degree examination
Campbell has not been trapped in on
any vital point in his story, though
he is near the breaking point from
the nervous tension he has been
It is probable that a special grand
jury will be asked for at once by
State's Att'y Robert Martin and the
inquiry continued. Campbell may be
moved from the prison to the Wills
county jail.
Rep. John P. Devine arrived from
Springfield to act as personal rep
resentative of Gov. Dunne until fur
ther notice. Last Tuesday the gov
ernor notified the authorities at the
prison that he would hold them re
sponsible for the safety of Campbell
and that he would not countenance
any third degree methods in an at
tempt to obtain a confession from the ,
suspected man, and it is Believed he
sent Devine to Joliet because he is
Hot satisfied his instructions are
being carried out. Devine, however,
wired the governor that no atrocious
third degree methods had been used.
In considering Campbell's case the
strong points against him were: He
had thirty minutes in which to com
mit the crime. His testimony that f
he went into the linen room after he
left Mrs. Allen's room and smoked a
cigarette with Trusties Simpson and
Cohn is denied by them.
When the prison firemen tried to
enter Mrs. Campbell's bedroom with
a hose Campbell blocked their way
by trying to haul out a dresser and
when this was take'n from him he
blocked the doorway with three com
mode drawers.
He said to at least a dozen persons:
"Mrs. Allen isn't in her bedroom." He
did not take his customary direction
when he took Mike, the Allen bulldog,
for an airing just before the fire was
discovered. He said nothing in hia
original story about hiding Mrs.
Allen's pocketbook and jewel case in
a pillowslip in the "den" adjoining
her bedroom, and though when con
fronted with them yesterday he said
he had found them on a dresser and
hidden them after the fire, the dresser
he claims they were on was badly
scorched and the money was not.
The feeling against Campbell is
very strong in the prison and though
the men have given their word of
honor to the warden that they will
attempt no further violence toward
Campbell the guards will not feel
satisfied until the negro trusty has
been removed from the prison.
o-o O
The Boulevard Cafe, Wabash and
Van Buren, was pulled for selling
booze on Sunday. Case was con
tinued until Wednesday. $400 bond.
Maty Larg, 4616 Hazel av., wants
$200 from Mme. Marguerite, 2841
Michigan av., modiste. Made her a
silk suit Fell apart when worn.

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