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Elmer Fanter Murder Photo from 1915 in book: Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos

Elmer Fanter Murder Photo from 1915 in book: Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos

Jason Fanter (View posts)
Posted: 26 Dec 2001 11:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fanter
Does anyone have information on the unfortunate happenings involving a murder that took place in Chicago in 1915 with a very young Elmer Fanter noted as the triggerman in a robbery gone bad? A photo with a description is published in a new book called Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos. Very sad photo in a horrific book. I would like to know what happened to Elmer and more on what happened during the crime. Any help would be appreciated.

Jason Fanter

Re: Elmer Fanter Murder Photo from 1915 in book: Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos

David Walsh (View posts)
Posted: 1 Mar 2003 10:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Jason,
I have also seen that book with the photo of a young Elmer Fanter. Very sad and tragic.

Did you find any more information? I'd be curious to know what happened to him.

Re: Elmer Fanter Murder Photo from 1915 in book: Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos

Arthur L. Fanter (View posts)
Posted: 19 Apr 2003 9:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Just discovered the photos! I had an uncle Elmer about that age in Chicago and I am just attempting to find out if it is him. Art

Re: Elmer Fanter Murder Photo from 1915 in book: Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos

Jason Fanter (View posts)
Posted: 21 Apr 2003 2:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fanter
Thanks for the reply. If it wasn't your uncle, I would bet he heard quite a bit about it. Please post a reply if you have an update. Jason

Re: Elmer Fanter Murder Photo from 1915 in book: Shots in the Dark: True Crime Photos

Malc (View posts)
Posted: 11 Mar 2004 6:47AM GMT
Classification: Query

All I could find is the following. Perhaps he was showing arrogance, not confusion in that photo:-

Facing token resistance from his victim, sixteen year old Elmer Fanter, shot and killed August Jantzen during a 1915 store robbery. Giggling as he explained his actions to a judge during his trial, Fanter averred that "he [Jantzen] swatted me on the cooo. Well, I ain't takin' that sort of stuff off'n no one, so I ups with my rod and lets him have it right through the heart."
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