The Lost Boy

In 1908, Chicago’s chief of police shot to death a Russian-born Jewish immigrant who had come to the chief’s Lincoln Park home. One hundred years later, Aleksandar Hemon, another European who has made Chicago his home, used that tale as a springboard for his acclaimed novel The Lazarus Project. Hemon followed in the path of several historians who had already taken on that same story—yet despite those combined investigations, the circumstances behind the immigrant’s death remain a mystery

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Photography: Chicago Daily News, Inc./Chicago Daily News Negatives Collection, Chicago History Museum

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