By Mark Lemberger
This is often the tale of the homicide of little Annie Lemberger, probably the most broadly publicized crimes of the 20 th century.
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Bass, Eliza: neighbor of Lembergers in 1911. Berkan, Selma Johnson: eldest daughter of John and Bertha Johnson. Bishop, Bob: young investigative reporter for the Chicago Daily Times in 1933. Black Hand: Sicilian extortionists in early twentieth century America. : governor of Wisconsin, 1921–1927, granted a pardon hearing to John A. Johnson. Boyd, Patrick: city detective for the Madison Police Department in 1911. : “operative” or private detective for the Burns Detective Agency. : publisher and owner of the Madison Democrat in 1911.
Johnson, Bertha: wife of John A. Johnson. Johnson, John A. “Dogskin”: accused murderer of Annie Lemberger. Jones, Richard Lloyd: controlling stockholder, publisher, and editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in September 1911. Kelzenberg, John: husband of Martin Lemberger’s sister. King, John: court clerk for Judge Donovan in 1911. La Follette, Philip: twenty-seven-year old district attorney in 1925; investigated judicial corruption in Madison; governor of Wisconsin, 1931–1933 and 1935 –1939. S.
Asked District Attorney Nelson at a venture. “He didn’t,” responded the child innocently. “What! ” “No-o,” the little fellow asserted. He was not trapped. A street rumor had it that Lemberger may have killed his own child accidentally, by knocking her down, the head striking the stove. Little Louis evidently knows nothing of such an occurrence. So far as his testimony discloses, the father did not strike Annie or any other child that night. “He’s a good man,” said the little fellow later, and his earnest face affirmed his declaration.