This week in 1894

August 1st, 2013 by admin

“I had no malice against anyone.”

— Patrick Eugene Prendergast, convicted of murder, hanging, Illinois.
Executed July 13, 1894

Prendergast murdered Chicago mayor Carter Henry Harrison, a leader of the Columbian Exposition, or World’s Fair, of 1893. The delusional Prendergast believed Harrison owed him a political appointment after he supported the mayor’s re-election.

Famed legal mind Clarence Darrow took Prendergast on as his first murder case, but his insanity defense failed.

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