Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Trails Slayer from Old World - Chum of Greek Murder Victim finds Fugitive Can't Be Taken from Chicago" article - Chicago Daily Tribune, March 27, 1916


Published in the Chicago Daily Tribune, March 27, 1916

TRAILS SLAYER
FROM OLD WORLD;
REVENGE BALKED
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Chum of Greek Murder Victim
Finds Fugitive Can't Be
Taken from Chicago
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NO LAW FOR EXTRADITION.

Four years ago Tony Papas and Gust Amgelopolis had a farm near the sunny village of Kouthalis, in Greece.  They quarreled and Gust went to law and got control of the farm.  Thereupon Tony killed him and fled to America.

That was on Oct. 15, 1912.  On Oct. 10(?) George Korthofondas, the dead man's lifelong friend, took up his murderer's trail.  He followed him down the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic in New York.  For three years he followed the trail through a dozen American cities.  Last Friday he found his quarry at 9022 Burley avenue, in South Chicago.  Tony was a worker in the steel mills.

Seeks More Cruel Revenge

During his search George had become an American.  He learned that the vengeance of the stiletto is flat and unprofitable.  Men told him of a more cruel atonement - the torture of being taken back, a prisoner, to the scene of the tragedy, the drawn out agony of the trial, the deliberate death by execution.

So George went to the police.

Tony was arrested, and to Lieut. Walter Jenkins at the South Chicago station he confessed.  Lieut. Jenkins communicated with the Greek consul in Chicago.  Last night he called George to the station.

No Extradition Now.

"We can't do a thing," he announced.

"There is no extradition treaty with Greece."

"You'll let him go?" asked George as if stunned.

"I'm afraid we'll have to," said the lieutenant.

There is just one chance, according to the police official.  George insists Tony did not come to the United States until, 1913.  Tony says he has been here three full years and more.

If George is right the confessed murderer can be deported.  But even so, there seems to be nothing to compel Tony to go back to Kouthalis.



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