"The People vs. Daniel Coughlin."

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"The People vs. Daniel Coughlin."

History of the Famous Case, Chicago Tribune, Friday, January 20, 1893, page 6

Story of the Crime with the Chief Incidents of the Trial.

Dr. Cronin was murdered on Saturday, May 4, 1889 at 1872 Ashland Avenue between 8 and 9 o'clock in the evening. He was the victim of a carefully laid and reasonably well executed conspiracy which grew out of his connection with the Clan na Gael Society, a secret organization composed of Irishmen.

Dr. Cronin was a practicing physician and made his home with Mr. & Mrs. T.T. Conklin who lived at 470 N. Clark Street. A man driving a white horse attached to a buggy drove to Cronin's home at 7:30 o'clock the evening of Saturday, May 4, 1889, and handing the doctor the business card of Patrick O'Sullivan, an ice-dealer at Roscoe Street and Bosworth Avenue, told him he was wanted to give surgical aid to one of the ice man's men, who had been hurt. The doctor got into the buggy with the stranger and was driven north at a rapid pace. His friends never saw him alive again.

Dr. Cronin did not return that night and the next day the Conklins reported the circumstances to the police. They also informed the police that Dr. Cronin often expressed the fear that he would be murdered.

From this time on until the conviction of Daniel Coughlin, Patrick O'Sullivan, and Martin Burke, the public interest in the case was great. The Irish-American portion of the community was distinctly divided, one faction sympathizing with Dr. Cronin's friends and the other sympathizing with the Coughlin side, or Camp 20, as it was called. The case attracted wide attention in this country and Europe.


This article continues much further. A second and third article were published by the Chicago Tribune and can be read in their entirety in the Chicago Tribune Historical Archives.

Dan Coughlin Wins, Chicago Tribune, Friday, January 20, 1893, page 1

Coughlin Set Free, Chicago Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1894, page 1