Eddie Cudahy and Pat Crowe
The Ransom Note
When Eddie Cudahy had not turned up by the following morning, bosses closed the
The World-Herald set up the crime with a catty thumbnail sketch of the victim:
Edward Cudahy Jr., the narrator of this story, is a young man with a pale and rather delicate face. While tall, his physique is by no means a strong one. He has the reputation of being very much of a boy. He smokes a little, reads dime novels occasionally, and is fond of gaiety. He has always been liberally supplied with money and has not hesitated to contract debts that would open the eyes of the average poor boy as wide as saucers.
At 9 a.m., the Cudahys received a telephone call.
A man said, Have you looked in the front yard for a letter?
Do so at once and you will find one.
Attached was a note written in pencil on brown parcel-wrapping paper. It began:
Mr. Cudahy: We have kidnapped your child and demand $25,000 for his safe return. If you give us the money he will return as safe as when you last saw him, but if you refuse, we will put acid in his eyes and blind him.
The note continued with a number of threats, followed by these instructions:
Get the money all in gold, 5, 10 and 20 (dollar) pieces... Get in your buggy alone on the night of December 19 at 7 oclock p.m. Follow the paved road toward