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Wanted For Murder And Robbery In Belgium

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Wanted For Murder And Robbery In Belgium

Post by Karen on Mon 29 Mar 2010 - 4:49

Belgian Criminal Being Sought by Chicago Police.

Said to Have Slain at Least Ten - He Would Ingratiate Himself in Their Affections, Even to the Extent of Marrying Them, and Then Murder Them - Aside from This He Swindled Many Men in His Native Country and Holland.

Chicago, Oct. 13. - Belgium's consul in this city, Charles Henrotin, has received instructions from that government to request the Chicago Police to assist in finding Henri De Jong. This man is wanted by the authorities of Ghent, Belgium, for a series of crimes. It is said he may be in or near Chicago. The specific charge against De Jong is the brutal murder and robbery at Ghent, on the night of July 18 last, of Philomene Waters and Jane Panwels. Examination of the injuries which caused the death of the women showed that they were killed by blows either with a hammer or steel knuckles. The skulls were mashed so as to be almost unrecognizable. The victims were prominent in the middle class of society. The murderer's identity was disclosed a few weeks later, but De Jong had fled to America. An investigation of his record showed that he had been the perpetrator of a series of crimes, and had frequently served sentences of imprisonment.

Latest Victims Were Women.

The alleged victims of his later career as a criminal have all been women. His method was to ingratiate himself into their affections even to the extent of marrying them, and then to murder them. He selected only women who possessed money, for his ultimate purpose was robbery. De Jong first came into prominence in European police circles about the year 1890, when he was on two occasions sentenced for serious crimes in Holland, where he assumed the aliases of Dolf Panwels, Auguste Filds, Smulders, Jean Staal, etc. In 1893 he was arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of murdering his second wife, Sarah Ann Juett, and his mistress Marie Sybille Schmetz, who disappeared July 7 and August 31, respectively. There was every reason for believing he had killed them, but the juries before whom he was tried could not agree. He almost immediately took a third wife, and a few months later he was arrested on the charge of swindling her out of a large sum of money.

Convicted and Sentenced.

He was convicted and sentenced to prison for three years. Liberated on August 18, 1897, he was rearrested a month afterward charged with having swindled a citizen of Arnheim out of $3,000. He remained in prison until March 4, 1898, when he was acquitted in the court of appeals. After this he resided successively in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels, Courtral, and Ostend, under a series of aliases such as Tom Washington, Louis Veerman, Goldons, Goldinthing, Max Kraus, Kendrie Jungs, Willy Willitonsh, W.S. Fordon, J. Nelboem, and F. Jamar. At various time he represented himself as physician, cook, broker, steward, land surveyor, engineer, landscape painter, circus rider, jeweler, retired business man, and sergeant of the Dutch Indies army. In thus representing himself he carried out the character he assumed with remarkable accuracy, deceiving men of prominence in all these vocations. As a matter of fact, however, he was registered as being by trade a mason.

Source: The Quincy Morning Whig, October 14, 1898, Page 5

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