Friday, February 18, 2011

Update on John Fecht

This newspaper account of the location of John Fecht's body was located recently in a digital collection of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois newspapers. An article in volume 1 of Casefile Clues (issue 21) discussed John Fecht and court action related to his inheritance which is briefly referred to in this newspaper account of his death.

Readers may remember that the court case was appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court where a decision was made in Fecht's favor.

Newspapers do not always get everything right. Upon quickly reading this clipping, I noticed that it indicated John had two brothers. There was only one brother--Harm. Court documents related to John's real estate dealings and his estate settlement make that fairly clear. The actual inquest into John's death was discussed in issue 21 of Volume 1 of Casefile Clues and indicates that John had been drinking and was laying on the tracks at the time of his death.

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