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Foto-ID: 591
Galerie-Nummer: 97 - Chicago
Foto-Titel: Cop Killer, Richard Carpenter 1955
Killer, Cop, Carpenter, 1955, Chicago, Capture, Police
Dramatic capture of cop-killer Richard Carpenter at 2042 W. Potomac in Chicago in August of 1955. On August 16 a police detective recognized Carpenter on a subway train and arrested him. At the Roosevelt Road station, a block from police headquarters, Carpenter pulled out a gun, shot the detective dead, and got away. The next evening, another cop spotted Carpenter at the Biltmore Theater on Division Street. There was more gunfire and an officer was wounded. Carpenter escaped out the emergency exit. Carpenter had been hit in the leg during the shooting. He broke into a truck driver's two-flat on nearby Potomac Avenue, holding the family hostage. Meanwhile, a city-wide search was underway. It was the early days of television, and the new medium breathlessly reported on the hunt for Cop-Killer Carpenter. By the evening of the 18th, Carpenter had been holed up on Potomac Avenue nearly 24 hours. He let his guard down. He let the truck driver's wife take the children out for some fresh air. Then he allowed the truck driver to step out. The truck driver immediately alerted the police. The building was surrounded. Searchlights filled the sky, a helicopter hovered overhead. Two thousand people gathered on the street. The bull-horn blared Carpenter! Come out with your hands up! Carpenter tried to get away, jumping into the open window of an apartment next door. More gunfire. But this time, the police got their man. As they led him away, the crowd shouted Kill him! Kill him! Richard Carpenter was convicted of murder and executed in 1958.
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