Episode 70: The Body in the River: A 1911 Murder in Fort Wayne, Indiana

When two children found a body floating in the river, Fort Wayne, Indiana, police were baffled. The man had clearly been murdered, but there was no identification on the body. Their search for who he was would begin a mystery that lasts to this day.

 

 

 

 

Harold Shaw. Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Journal-Sentinel
Harry Sherwood as thousands of people saw him in state at the undertaker. Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Journal-Sentinel
Fire plug caps, like the ones seen on this fire hydrant, were used to weigh down Harry Shaw’s body. Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Journal-Sentinel.

Sources

Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929 [database on-line].
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81531170/abraham-j-kesler

Year: 1910; Census Place: Fort Wayne Ward 7, Allen, Indiana; Roll: T624_339; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0054; FHL microfilm: 1374352

Year: 1910; Census Place: Fort Wayne Ward 4, Allen, Indiana; Roll: T624_339; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0041; FHL microfilm: 1374352

Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Say the Murdered Man Was Harold I. Shaw, An Electrician. The Fort Wayne Sentinel, 3/11/1911.

Clues Fail to Disclose Murderer. Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3/12/1911.

Portland Stenographer Knew Shaw. Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3/13/1911.

Clues Point to Murder at the Flats. Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3/13/1911.

Davis’ Story Looks Flimsy. The Fort Wayne News, 3/13/1911

Coroner’s Inquest Probes Deep into Murder Mystery. Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3/13/1911

Davis, Detained, Clings to Original Story of Watch. Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3/15/1911

Dr. Abraham Kesler, of Board of Health, Dead. The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 9/15/1921

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