Killer of 3 boys in 1955 dies in prison

Killer of 3 boys in 1955 dies in prison

There are 20 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 13, 2007, titled Killer of 3 boys in 1955 dies in prison. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Kenneth Hansen, a former stable hand convicted of a notorious 1955 triple murder, died today in the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said.

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Don

Louisville, KY

#1 Sep 13, 2007
I remember my teachers in grade school warning us about the risk of "talking to strangers" after these murders. Some people make the past as much more inocent times than the present, but evil is nothing new. It is a shame that it took so long for this case to be solved. If justice had been served in 1955, he could have spent 52 years in prison and then gone to hell.
jesse

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Sep 14, 2007
I remember that case like it was yesterday.What about Judith Mae Anderson? Where is that killer at?
jesse

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Sep 14, 2007
Are we sure this was the person that killed the three boys?Just asking.
KELLY

AOL

#4 Sep 14, 2007
I JUST FINISHED READING THE BOOK ON THIS CASE...UNBRIDLED RAGE...SAD STORY,GLAD SOMEONE WAS CAUGHT AND SENT JAIL AND NOW HE IS DEAD,LIKE THE COP SAID...HE IS NOT WITH THOSE BOYS...THANK GOD...
Chris

AOL

#5 Sep 17, 2007
I am originally from Chicago's Northwest side. Although I was not born yet at the time of the murders as I was born in 1961, I recently became facinated with the Peterson Schussler case. I have read four books to date about what transpired. Each book was the same yet different. I was amazed to learn about the horse industry and what my neighborhood was like in the 1950s. This was a very sad event in Chicago's history.
JIM

United States

#6 Jan 18, 2008
I am now 61, I was in the 4th grade at St. Tarcissus School and the whole school went to the Koops Funeral to view to the two dead boys, completely opened casket. I lived 2 bocks away from the two boys killed.
After reading the book, I could not feel that the police at the time did not have a clue who could have done this crime. It was right under their noses. The place where the bodies were dumped was a half mile from the Idlewild Stable. What a shame that skum bag lived 40 years without getting caught. I think there had to be more than one person committing the crime. It still haunts me to this day.
Judy

Geneva, IL

#7 Feb 22, 2008
The murderer of Judith Mae Anderson was never caught. In the 90's, while working in a Chicago suburban hospital, as an RN, one of my patients was Ralph Anderson. When he saw my name tag, JUDY, it must have opened a flood of emotions. It was his daughter who was so brutally murdered and dismembered, in 1957. Her body parts were put in drums and dumped in the river.
He told me he identified her by her head,(he insisted, he did not want his wife to endure this) He also told me he knew who the killer was but could not prove it. He would not divulge the name.
I was shaking with grief, and anger for him when I left that room.
Bob

Chicago, IL

#8 Feb 22, 2008
I remember the pictures in the paper of people milling all around the bodies, totally destroying any possible evidence that may have existed. Had today's practice of roping off crime scenes existed, I believe that it would have been solved rapidly from tire tracks or some other evidence on the scene.
jade louise

UK

#9 Apr 2, 2008
hi can anyone give me any info on the micheal ullrich,convicted of murder count 1. trials it was like 10 years ago or something about 1993?
Diane

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Feb 5, 2009
I went to St. Tarsissus school and knew Anton Shussler. I didn't know him well, but when this horrific crime happened I struggled with many horrible feelings. I was scared to death to think about walking outside especially at night. I personally do not think Kenneth Hansen could have killed these boys. The reason was that he was just a little guy at that time. It would have taken big guys to have taken them!

There was a woman who said that her husband had told her that he did it. He threatened to kill her if she said anything. She ddn't say anything until after her husband was dead. She told her story, but I don't think anyone listened.

In my heart I don't feel that this crime has been solved. And for me, after all these years, I still think about. If I drive near the crime scene I get very saddened knowing what happeed here.
suzie

AOL

#11 Dec 16, 2009
I also remember these horrible murders and how it scared me. I was 11 yrs old at the time. My great aunt & uncle lived on Marmora Ave. near the Schuessler's, and attended St. Tarcissus. My parents were also married at that church. I can still remember my aunt talking about the wake. A triple murder was unheard of and I was very scared walking to school and then the Grimes girls were murdered. I'm 65 now and I still get chills thinking about those crimes.
Sherlock Jr

Warrenville, IL

#12 Mar 31, 2010
Are you sure about the school? I seem to recall that they attended Farnsworth elementary school.

Hansen was not a "little guy". He was 22 or 23 years old and he was working as a stablehand and laborer for Silas Jayne. He was in very good physical condition. He was actually one of the original suspects but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him at the time.

By the way, the FBI was secretly called in to work on this case (they had to keep it secret because it was a local crime, not interstate, and the FBI didn't have jurisdiction).
Motown

United States

#13 Jun 28, 2011
Sherlock Jr wrote:
Are you sure about the school? I seem to recall that they attended Farnsworth elementary school.
Hansen was not a "little guy". He was 22 or 23 years old and he was working as a stablehand and laborer for Silas Jayne. He was in very good physical condition. He was actually one of the original suspects but there wasn't enough evidence to charge him at the time.
By the way, the FBI was secretly called in to work on this case (they had to keep it secret because it was a local crime, not interstate, and the FBI didn't have jurisdiction).
Petersen went to Farnsworth, the Schuessler boys to St Tars
Motown

United States

#14 Jun 28, 2011
The petersen kid went to Farnsworth, the Schuesslers to St Tars
scrapper

United States

#15 Jul 25, 2011
Judy wrote:
The murderer of Judith Mae Anderson was never caught. In the 90's, while working in a Chicago suburban hospital, as an RN, one of my patients was Ralph Anderson. When he saw my name tag, JUDY, it must have opened a flood of emotions. It was his daughter who was so brutally murdered and dismembered, in 1957. Her body parts were put in drums and dumped in the river.
He told me he identified her by her head,(he insisted, he did not want his wife to endure this) He also told me he knew who the killer was but could not prove it. He would not divulge the name.
I was shaking with grief, and anger for him when I left that room.
Why in the world would Mr. Anderson go to his grave and not divulge who did this? On another site, there was a statement that the Chicago police knew who killed her but did not have enough proof.
Park Ridge

Waukesha, WI

#16 Aug 5, 2011
JIM wrote:
I am now 61, I was in the 4th grade at St. Tarcissus School and the whole school went to the Koops Funeral to view to the two dead boys, completely opened casket. I lived 2 bocks away from the two boys killed.
After reading the book, I could not feel that the police at the time did not have a clue who could have done this crime. It was right under their noses. The place where the bodies were dumped was a half mile from the Idlewild Stable. What a shame that skum bag lived 40 years without getting caught. I think there had to be more than one person committing the crime. It still haunts me to this day.
I think that they should have checked out his brother who was a insurance salesman and another guy named Phil Gionopolis (small time convict and a friend of Kenny and his brother) Phil always had a 45 under his car seat. He showed it to me while driving me home.
The James brothers all bad news and from what I remember I heard of Candace Brock being dumped in a molten steel vat in a Indiana steel mill.
I never heard about all this until after Kenny was sentenced. and afraid to say anything. I think they all deserved what they got.
D Wang

Warren, MI

#17 Nov 19, 2013
Motown wrote:
The petersen kid went to Farnsworth, the Schuesslers to St Tars
Sorry, but your comment is incorrect! Both Peterson and John Schuessler were in my class at Farnsworth, and Anton was in my younger brother's class at Farnsworth. Perhaps earlier in their schooling they were at St. Tars, or the family attended church there and that's how you knew them.
Sheri

Rockford, IL

#18 Dec 29, 2013
May he rot in hell!
Rusty

Wilmington, DE

#19 Mar 2, 2016
I am also of the opinion that Hansen did not act alone. Kind of hard to control and murder 3 kids.
I also think it's better than even bet he had a hand in the Grimes sisters murders.
fathermike77

Colorado Springs, CO

#20 Friday Sep 16
On the night before the bodies were discovered, an older Boyscout, Duane Youngster, and I camped overnight in those forest preserves with younger scouts. On Saturday before cooking supper, Duane and I checked out the woods around us. We found a white old small and apparently abandoned farmhouse. We thought we would bring the younger scouts there after supper and tell them it was haunted. We did bring them back and told the scouts to have fun and explore the old house. They went in through an unlocked door. Duane and stayed outside laughing. It didn't last long. The boys came running out of the house screaming. They told us they saw a dead old woman in the house. Duane and I went into the house by ourselves. There was some furniture that I can remember. In the bedroom we found an old woman sitting in a rocking chair. She wore an old black dress. We tried to talk to her. She didn't open her eyes or respond or move. There was no movement of her chest to indicate she was breathing. Duane looked at me and said, "Let's get out of here!" We ran out of there! We decided that we had trespassed in someone's house and never mentioned it to anyone.
This is not made up. It happened. I don't know what to make of it. We did read of the killings in the days that followed but couldn't see how our experience in those woods was connected.

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