Killer of 3 boys in 1955 dies in prison

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. Full Story
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

Chicago, IL

#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

Batavia, 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

Aurora, 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

Naperville, IL

#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

Naperville, IL

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

Stafford, VA

#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

Rochester, 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!

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