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Winnetka Police Chief W. M Peterson, 1913-1945. Submitted by the Winnetka Historical Society
Carol Fessler, Contributing Columnist
12:27 am CST February 25, 2016

While Winnetka today is known as a peaceful village, at the end of the 19th century its nickname was “Murder Town.” A series of grizzly murder stories had made Winnetka notorious: the drama of young Winnetka men ready to impose mob justice on a suspected murderer; the grizzly tales of young boys coming upon the headless corpse and missing head of a mysterious man; and most shocking of all – the horrific slaughter of two of the village’s most beloved founders in their home.