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Availability: Closed to the Public
Filed Under: Infamous Crimes
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Added By: Tom G
Added On: May 26, 2007 - 03:29 AM UTC
Last Modified: May 15, 2008 - 06:31 AM UTC
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629 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614, USA (Chicago, Illinois)
 
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The Sausage Vat Murder
In 1897, Adolph Luetgert, owner of the A.L. Luetgert Sausage & Packing Company, murdered his wife Louisa. After murdering her in his factory, Adolph disposed of the body by boiling it in acid inside one of the sausage vats. All that was ever found of her was a skull fragment and her wedding ring. This led to the arrest, trial and sentencing of Adolph Luetgert for her murder.

The murder happening in the sausage factory led to false rumors that Luetgert had made his wife into sausages and sold the sausages to the unsuspecting public. This rumor persists to this day and the stories of an unsuspecting public being tricked into cannibalism has earned the crime a legendary status.

Lousia Luetgert's Ghost
The ghost of Adolph's murdered wife is rumored to haunt the former factory grounds. Her ghost is said to also haunt their former house. Some claim that her spirit also wanders the streets of Northwest Chicago. Adolph himself apparently claimed to have been haunted by Louisa in the prison he spent the last few remaining years of his life in.

The Factory Today
The former factory was composed of multiple buildings listed as 601-629 Diversey Parkway. The buildings have since become separate businesses or been torn down in some cases. The primary factory building is now condominiums.


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Alchemy of Bones
Web site for a book dedicated to the murder of Louisa Luetgert. Plenty of facts at the web site itself.
Prairie Ghosts: Sausage Vat Murder
An entry on the murder of Louisa Luetgert and the haunting of her murder site at Prairie Ghosts.com.
 
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Adolph Luetgert Mug Shot
Prison mug shot of murderer Adolph Luetgert.
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Louise Luetgert
Photo of murder victim Louise Luetgert.
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