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WI LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY: WM, 4-6, found floating in the water in Waukesha, WI - 8 March 1921

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  1. Sailor Haumea

    Sailor Haumea Member

    The body of a small boy was discovered on March 8, 1921 in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, at O'Laughlin Quarry. 96 years later, he has yet to be identified.

    Milwaukee, Mar. 10. The police of Milwaukee and Chicago have been asked by the Waukesha authorities to aid in the solution of the mystery surrounding the probable murder of a boy, about six years old, whose body was found frozen in a pool o water on Tuesday in a stone quarry about one mile west of Waukesha. From information given Sheriff A. F. Keebler of Waukesha by Drs. Kippitz and Peterson of that city, who performed a post-mortem examination on the body Tuesday night, the sheriff believes that the child was murdered before being thrown into the pool. An attempt to identify the body through the clothing was made, but without definite results. The underclothes and rubbers had been purchased from the Liberty store, operated by David Dobrick, investigation showed, but it was impossible to find out by whom they had been purchased. Dobrick stated that the clothes were part of a bankrupt stock which he had purchased and then disposed of at a special sale, the Blips showing such purchases not being in such form that any clue was obtainable. Sales girls from the liberty store viewed the body, but could not identify it as that of anyone whom they had seen in the establishment.

    Seventeen years ago yesterday the body of an unknown boy of seven who had been slain was found in a quarry near Waukesha. On the anniversary day, Mrs. Minnie Conrad. 70, journeyed once more to Prairie Home cemetery to place a bouquet on the boy's grave, just as she has been doing for years. The body was found dead March 8, 1921. Mrs. Conrad obtained contributions from friends and bought a casket and a cemetery plot to provide the boy with a decent burial. No trace of the slayer has been found, nor has the boy ever been identified.



    This grave marker tells the story: “Unknown Boy Found in O’Laughlin Quarry, Waukesha, Wis., March 8, 1921.” Harold Howitt, administrator of Prairie Home Cemetery, recalled that for years after the burial a woman (Mrs. Conrad) would visit the cemetery to place flowers on the grave. The sketch in the upper right- hand corner appeared during the search for the boy’s identity. “IT WAS 2 o’clock in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 14 (1921). A tiny white casket reposed amid odds and ends of an undertaking and upholstering establishment on Broadway. It was dark within and dark without, even the weather being mournful . . .” Thus began, according to the Freeman’s pages of 50 years ago, the final chapter in Waukesha’s “Little Lord Fauntleroy” murder case — a tragedy that brought a lump into the throats even of law officers hardened by the daily happenings of a nation already well into that boozy 10-year-fling remembered as the “roaring 20’s.” Six days before, in the O’Laughlin quarry on the north edge of town, a workman had discovered the body of a 5- or 6-year-old boy, dressed in clothing that indicated “he might have come from a fairly well-to-do family.” The workman, John Brlich, reported his discovery to Waukesha County Sheriff Clarence Keebler who, along with County Coroner L. F. Lee, drove out to the quarry and retrieved the body. Even before autopsy began, county officers notified Milwaukee police of the discovery and a Midwest search began for clues to the boy’s identity. And for this lack of identity, and because of the body’s rather dandified appearance — long, curly hair and clothing that included patent leather shoes with cloth tops — newsmen called the boy Little Lord Fauntleroy. Estimates of how long the partly decomposed body had lain in the quarry pool ranged all the way from a few days to six months, but Mike Koker, pump man at the quarry, told police he had seen a young woman wandering around the property the evening of Feb. 6, a month before the body was found. The weeping woman asked Koker if he had seen a young boy in the neighborhood. Upon being told he had seen no one, Koker said, the woman joined a male companion who was peering down into the quarry. The pair talked for a moment and then entered a car nearby and drove off. Immediately a clandestine aura surrounded the case. Officials speculated the couple told the boy to take a walk about the grounds while they made love inside the car. While wandering about, police thought, the boy fell into the pool and drowned. The fearful couple failed to report the drowning, police speculated. But this theory was dispelled when the coroner reported the boy had been beaten on the head before falling into the pool, and there was an unusually small amount of water in the lungs, certainly not enough to drown him.
    But police still hoped to identify the body, particularly because David Dobrick, proprietor of the Liberty department store, told them he was positive the boy’s underwear, shoes and rubbers had been sold by his clerks during a January sale. Dobrick, according to a Freeman account, said he remembered the clothing because the garments were not part of his regular stock but had been purchased as part of another store’s bankruptcy sale. Then police received another “break.” A Chicagoan in the city, J. B. Belson said the boy was his nephew, the son of his sister Mrs. G. E. Hormidge, also of Chicago. A divorcee, Mrs. Hormidge had two sons, ages 3 and 5, who, according to her brother, had been “stolen” by her former husband. The husband had threatened “to do away with them many times,” Belson said. Police were informed positive identification would be made by the mother when she arrived from Chicago the next day. But no positive identification was made, and during the next two days police were besieged with more rumors and theories. Area residents then were invited to view the body in hopes someone would recognize the boy. Hundreds filed past the pitiful remains lying on the slab at the morgue here, and many more viewed the body in Milwaukee, where it was transferred for a second autopsy. But the name of the boy remained Little Lord Fauntleroy. Then a report reached the sheriff’s department that the woman seen earlier by the quarry employe had committed suicide there. The pond was dragged and charges of dynamite were set off on the surface, in hopes the explosions would bring up her body. But no second body was found. After another day of rumors and discouraging reports, a committee comprised of Sheriff Keebler, C. A. Dean and District Atty. Allen D. Young offered a $250 reward for information leading to identification of the body and arrest of the murderer. The next day the reward was raised to $1,000, but no correct information was forthcoming. When the sheriff announced the body would be taken to the Weber Funeral Home, 726 N. East Ave., and buried in the next few days, Waukesha’s conscience was aroused. Led by Mrs. Minnie Conrad, of 156 4th St., citizens began collecting funds “to give the child a decent burial.” Others took up the cause. The boy was the subject of an anonymous poem published in the Freeman which said, in part: “I must have known a mother’s love, A mother must have bent above And kissed my baby lips and hair. Oh, does no one know, does no one care That I’m dead? But Waukeshans did care. The Freeman editorialized: “ . . . Somewhere, someplace, perhaps, is the mother, and some other place, perhaps, is the father. No one envies them the burden lying upon their conscience.” And thus Little Lord Fauntleroy went to his simple grave in Prairie Home cemetery A marker at the gravesite today calls him “unknown” — but certainly he was not unloved. Before his tiny, carnation strewn casket was lowered into the grave, an unknown mourner had inscribed across the top — “Our Darling.”

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  2. Sailor Haumea

    Sailor Haumea Member

    Date of Discovery: March 8, 1921
    Location of Discovery: Waukesha, Wisconsin
    Estimated Date of Death: Up to several months prior
    State of Remains: Unknown
    Cause of Death: Homicide
    Physical Description

    Estimated Age: 5-7 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Height: 3'6"
    Weight: Unknown
    Hair Color: Blond
    Eye Color: Brown
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown

    Dentals: Unknown
    Fingerprints: Unknown
    DNA: Unknown
    Clothing & Personal Items

    Clothing: He was well dressed in good quality clothes: Patent leather shoes with cloth tops, gray Bradley sweater, underwear (size 6), light blouse, and black lightweight stockings. No overcoat was located.
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown
    Circumstances of Discovery

    The body of the young boy was found floating in the O'Laughlin Quarry (now Waukesha Lime and Stone). He had been struck in the head before being thrown into the water.

    About five weeks before the body was found, a man and woman in an automobile stopped and asked an employee of the quarry if anyone had seen a young boy. The woman was crying and wearing a red coat. The couple was never heard from again.

    He was laid out for viewing in the funeral home and a $1000 reward was offered in efforts to identify him.

    The boy was dubbed "Little Lord Fauntleroy" and was laid to rest in the Prairie Home Cemetery.

    Police investigated whether the body was that of Homer Lemay. Lemay's father stated that the child had been killed in a car accident after being taken to South America by acquantances who had adopted him. Investigators could find no record of Homer Lemay being killed in South America.
    Investigating Agency(s)

    Agency Name: Waukesha Police Department
    Agency Contact Person: N/A
    Agency Phone Number: 262-524-3762
    Agency E-Mail: N/A
    Agency Case Number: Unknown

    NCIC Case Number: Unknown
    NamUs Case Number: Not listed
    Information Source(s)

    Wikipedia - Little Lord Fauntleroy
    Find a Grave
    Unsolved in the News
    Milwaukee Sentinel News Archive - April 15, 1949
  3. Sailor Haumea

    Sailor Haumea Member

    My hunch - this is Homer Lemay.
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    Are there photographs, sketches, or age progressions for this boy?
  5. Sailor Haumea

    Sailor Haumea Member

    Yes! Here is the contemporary sketch:

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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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    Akoya Bronze Member

  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Little Lord Fauntleroy (murder victim)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Little Lord Fauntleroy is the nickname for an unidentified American boy found murdered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1921.[1

    On March 8, 1921, the remains of a boy were found floating in a pond near the O'Laughlin Stone Company in Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Authorities estimated he was between five and seven years old. He had blond hair, brown eyes and a tooth missing from his lower jaw. He had been struck with a blunt instrument. The boy could have been in the water for several months. He was dressed in a gray sweater, Munsing underwear, black stockings, a blouse and leather shoes; the clothing quality suggested the child was from an affluent family.[2][3]

    Police displayed his body at a local funeral home, trying to identify him; no one claimed the body. The boy was buried on March 17, 1921.[4]

    An employee of the O'Laughlin company said he'd been approached by a couple five weeks before the body was found. The woman, who wore a red sweater, asked if he'd seen a young boy in the area. She was reportedly crying. The man accompanying her was seen watching the area where the child was located. They later left in a Ford vehicle and have never been found.[2][3]

    A possible scenario for the case is that Little Lord Fauntleroy may have been abducted from a wealthy family in another location and disposed of somewhere else to prevent his identification. After the investigation halted, money was raised by a local woman, Minnie Conrad, for the child to be buried at the Prairie Home cemetery, in Waukesha.[2][5] She was later buried in the same cemetery in 1940 after she died at the age of seventy-three.[6]

    There were sightings of a woman, wearing a heavy veil, who would occasionally place flowers on the boy's grave. Some have speculated that this woman knew the actual identity of Little Lord Fauntleroy. [7]

    Homer Lemay
    Homer Lemay was speculated to be the identity of Little Lord Fauntleroy
    In 1949, a medical examiner from Milwaukee, Wisconsin suggested that investigators felt there may have been a connection between the unidentified boy and Homer Lemay, a six-year-old who disappeared around the same time the child died. Lemay was said by his father, Edmond, to have died in a vehicle accident during a trip to South America when he was being cared for by family friends (described as the "Nortons"), but there was no existing record of his death. Edmond Lemay stated that he learned of his son's death after receiving information from a South American newspaper that detailed the accident. He also was accused of falsifying his wife's signature while she was missing, but was later found not guilty. Detectives were unable to find any information about such an event or even the existence of the two Nortons.[8]

    "Little Lord Fauntleroy"
    Sketch of the victim
    Born 1914 - 1916 (approximate)
    Status Unidentified for 96 years, 8 months and 5 days
    Died Autumn 1920 to February 1921 (aged 5 - 7)
    Cause of death Homicide by blunt-force trauma
    Body discovered March 8, 1921
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
    Resting place Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha, Wisconsin
    Height 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m)
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Seems like they could identify him via DNA & descendants, if they exhume his remains, right?
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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    It certainly makes sense to me. Hopefully, his remains aren't deteriorated to a point where DNA is no longer viable.
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  11. Sailor Haumea

    Sailor Haumea Member

    The funny thing is that there are only two James Nortons residing in Milwaukee in 1920, both of them still living in Milwaukee in 1930.

    James Norton Head M 27 Michigan
    Caroline Norton Wife F 22 Iowa
    Elizabeth Janson Mother-in-law F 47 Illinois

    Helen Meyer Head F 36 Wisconsin
    Harry Meyer Son M 12 Wisconsin
    Catherine Nortan Sister F 42 Wisconsin
    James Nortan Brother M 38 Wisconsin

    John Jas Norton Head M 35 Wisconsin
    Maud Norton Wife F 33 Wisconsin
    Jack Norton Son M 13 Illinois
    James Norton Son M 12 Wisconsin
    Ruth E Norton Daughter F 10 Wisconsin
    Marjory Norton Daughter F 8 Wisconsin
    Mary Cathleen Norton Daughter F 2 Wisconsin

    John J Norton Head M 46 Wisconsin
    Maude Norton Wife F 45 Wisconsin
    John J Norton Jr. Son M 23 Illinois
    James Norton Son M 22 Wisconsin
    Ruth Norton Daughter F 20 Wisconsin
    Marjorie Norton Daughter F 19 Wisconsin
    Mary Norton Daughter F 13 Wisconsin

    Considering that Edmond Lemay claimed a Mr. and Mrs. James Norton adopted Homer, and they were family friends, and that James and his wife, along with Homer, perished in a car accident in Argentina, there should be censuses, and a family in the 1920 census that isn't there in the 1930 census. But there isn't.

    So it's a terrible alibi, and I strongly believe that Edmond just killed Homer and disposed of the body. Even if Homer wasn't Little Lord Fauntleroy, I still think Edmond got rid of his son.

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