swindlers came, according to a Day
According to the story, Crocker is
the "debonaire young man" who fas
cinated Mrs. Regina Klipper of Phil
adelphia, a fascination that cost her
Crocker is said to have met Mrs.
Klidper in a Broadway, dance parlor.
He accompanied her to her home in
Philadelphia and lived there three
days, according to the story. In Phil
adelphia he is .said to have met "Doc"
Donahue and George Irwin, alleged
brains of the gang, and to have
boasted to them of his conquest of
"Then," said The Day Book infor
mant, "Irwin told him Mrs. Klipper-
was worth plenty of money and sug
gested a shakedown. Crocker was
willing and took the woman for a
trip to New" York, where they regis
tered at a hotel as man and wife. The
next morning Irwin and another man
broke into the room, representing
themselves as gov't agents. They
accused the couple of violating the
Mann act. The woman Jjroke down
and offered them money to hush it
up. She wasn't wealthy as they be
lieved and could only scrape together
;3,500, but she threw in her jewels.
"Irwin and the other fellow split
the money and gave the jewels to
Crocker. When Crocker went to sell
them he found they were "phony."
He made a squawk for a cut-in on
the $3,500, but Donahue and Irwin
gave him the laugh. That made him
sore. Later he went to Palm Beach
and got in a jam and "Doc" pona
aue and Irwin refused to help him.
"Crocker landed in Chicago dur
ing the G. 0. P. convention. He was
broke. He tried to make S. touch
from Donahue and Irwin, who were
also here. When they turned him
and squealed. Irwin was arrested.
Then Mrs. Klipper was kidnaped and I
the case has hung fire since."
Cla'baugh refused to discuss the I
case this morning other than to ad
mit Thompson, Barrett and Crocker
had agreed to aid .the prosecution.
He said he expected to land another
woman member of the syndicate late ,
today. Dis't Att'y Clyne has assigned
Ass't Dis't Att'ys Igoe and Epstein ta
handle the case.-
State's Att'y Hoyne admitted to-
day he was investigating the local jff
end of the swindle, but said he didn't
want to interfere with the govern
ment end. His probe will go into the
swindles perpetrated after flirtations
in Peacock alley in the Congress ho
tel and tea dansants jin the Hotel
A dispatch from Philadelphia says
that Wm. Butler alleged member of
the gang that trimmed Mrs. Klipper,
had not appeared for trial as sched
uled this morning and his $15,000
bonds were forfeited.
Search is now being made through
the east for Butler and W. C. Wood
ward, said to be; the head of the
gang. Woodward has an old reputa
tion as a gentleman crqpk. In 1894
he startled London when his magnif
icent home there, where he lived as
"Hon. Lionel Musgrove," was raided,
and found to be a gambling joint
where members of the nobility were
being played for suckers.
A North Shore society woman,
wife of a millionaire, is reported to
have been summoned to the office of
Hinton G. Clabaugh to testify against
members of the "million-dollar black
mail gang." She is said to have fallen
in love with a member of the gang
whom she met at a loop hotel and to
have been the victim of a $10,000
shakedown to. hide the "affair." Cla
baugh admitted he knew the name x
of the society woman, but said he A
was not sure she would be willing to
testify through fear of publicity.
.The department of justice has
started a nation-wide search for mis
sing members of the "million-dollar
blackmail gang" which was broken
up Saturday by a raid on the Tyson
apartments, 43d and Grand blvd.
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