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Patrolman Julian A. Bonfield | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


Julian A. Bonfield

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 15, 1926

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # 2310

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1927

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Patrolman Julian A. Bonfield, of the 3rd District, was shot to death at 9:10 a.m. in front of 702 E. 41st Street by one of two bandits who had just held up the entire office force of the University Extension Conservatory at that address. The bandits escaped.

On December 16, 1926, a native of Columbia, South America was arrested and positively identified. He confessed and implicted another. He was convicted of Patrolman Bonfield's murder and hanged June 24, 1927.

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Julian, although you left us many years before I was born, my grandmother and my great-aunt (your sisters) spoke so highly of you and felt such a profound loss at your passing. Your widow remained an integral part of our family and later became my god-mother. Coming from a family of dedicated Chicago Police Officer's who served with honor and integrity, we are extremely proud of your service, yet saddened at the personal loss of a much loved son, brother and uncle. Rest in peace, Uncle Jules.

Catherine A. (Berwanger) Murphy
January 7, 2013


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