Lazarus Averbuch escaped the Kishinev pogrom with his sister Olga and fled to Chicago in pursuit of “The American Dream.” Instead, Chicago Chief of Police George Shippy shot him dead on March 2, 1908. Shippy claimed that Averbuch was a dangerous anarchist assassin and that he shot in self-defense. Public outcry arose over the Chief Shippy’s contradictory story and the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The chief explained that since the victim was Jewish, he must have been an anarchist. The chief was quickly exonerated by a coroner’s inquest. Shortly thereafter, Lazarus’s body disappeared.
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