Adolph Luetgert was the “sausage king” of Chicago. He owned the A.L. Luetgert Sausage & Packing Company and when business was booming, he was a successful, highly regarded family man. But when the business turned bad and money was scarce, he and his wife Louise were constantly fighting. On May 1, 1897 Louise was reported missing. Adolph claimed she had walked out on him but the police had another idea. They accused him of killing his wife and dissolving her body in a vat of boiling potash.
Date: May 1, 1897
Location: Chicago, IL
Victim: Louise Luetgert
Cause of Death: unknown - body disolved in potash
Accused: Adolph Luetgert
Adolph Luetgert emigrated from Germany to the United States around 1865, a young man of 20 with thirty dollars in his pocket. By age 45 he owned a successful meatpacking firm and was one of the largest producers on sausages in Chicago. He had devised a way to manufacture sausages in summer as well as winter - something other sausage makers were not able to do - and became known as the "Sausage King."