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David Jacob Wile

Birthdate:
Birthplace: La Porte, LaPorte County, Indiana, United States
Death: June 08, 1899 (45)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States (Blood poisoning secondary to gunshot wound)
Place of Burial: Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Wile and Henrietta Wile
Husband of Harriet Wile
Father of Helen C. Burkhardt
Brother of Annette Nettie Hamburger; Edwin Washington Wile; Joseph M. I. Wile; Rosalie Stern; Isabelle Myers and 6 others

Occupation: Attorney, Musician
Managed by: Judith Berlowitz
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About David Jacob Wile

Chicago Tribune, May 4, 1899, Front Page:

SLAIN IN JEALOUS FRAYS

TWO CHICAGOANS SHOOT OTHERS, THEN THEMSELVES

MABEL MARTHA BURKE ATTEMPTS TO KILL DAVID J. WILE, WHO IT IS SAID, DECEIVED HER INTO A BELIEF HE WAS SINGLE

AND SENDS A BULLET INTO HER HEART

HUGO WARTON COMMITS SUCIDE AFTER EFFORT TO SLAY HIS WIFE

WOUNDED MAY NOT RECOVER

Family troubles culminated in two fatal shooting affrays yesterday. As a result Mable Martha Burke, 24 years old, and Hugo Wardin are dead, while their respective victims, David J. Wile and Mrs. Warden, have a fighting chance for life. In the former case the deception of a married man, who professed to be single, in the second, family quarrels caused the sucide and attempted murder.

Wile, who is an attorney, having an office in the Hartford Building, was shot by Miss Burke at the Hotel Anthony, 2703 Wabash Avenue, in the afternoon. He had been keeping company with the girl for the last year.

Miss Burke, who had believed Wile was a single man, recently learned, he had a wife and a family. On Monday she called on Mrs. Wile, who occupies a flat in the O'Malley Building, 3749 Indiana Avenue. Mrs. Wile had little difficulty in convincing Miss Burke that she was the wife of David J. Wile and also they had several children. Miss Burke seemed to become distracted when she learned of the deception, which had been practiced on her and left the house in a frenzy. "I expected something of this kind to occur" said Mrs. Wile to Lieutenant O'Brien of the Cottage Grove Station.

STORY OF THE SHOOTING

The shooting took place at one o'clock, Wile and the young woman called the hotel and asked to be shown to a room with a piano in it. When requested to register by Mrs. A.E. Fitzgerald, wife of the proprietor, Wile declined saying their stay would be but for half an hour at the most. The visitors were conducted to a front room on the second floor. A few minutes later a few notes were struck on the piano in the room and shortly afterward three revolver shots were heard, followed after a few seconds by a fourth.

While Alice Powell, the colored maid, was hurrying to investigate, the electric call bell in the room occupied by the man and woman rang. When the Powell woman entered the room she found Wile swaying in a chair, blood was trickling down his back.

Pointing to the body of the girl, who lay on her back in the center of the room, still clutching the revolver, Wile gasped something unintelligible about "a tragedy" and fell to the floor. The police and a physician were summoned. Although he begged to be taken home in order that the matter might be kept as quiet as possible,Wile was sent at once to the Post-Graduate Hospital. The remains of the young woman were taken to McNeil's Undertaking Rooms, 2907 State Street, in a wagon.

WILE TELLS HOW IT HAPPENED

Wile did not lose consciousness and was able to converse intelligently at the hospital. "I met Miss Burke in a professional way some time ago," he said to Lieutenant O'Brien, "and for no cause apparent to me she showed signs of infatuation for me. When I met her in the street today she asked me if I would not play the piano and sing for her, and when I consented she conducted me to the Hotel Anthony. I sat at the piano and began playing, keeping up a casual conversation with her. Suddenly the report of a revolver rang in my ears and before I could turn it was followed by two more. My first sensation was one of faintness and my body semed to grow numb. Then came the fourth report and I turned to see Miss Burke stretched on the floor. She evidently died instantly, what her reason could have been for committing this act I cannot conceive."

One of the bullets struck Wile just above the small of his back, one in the neck, and the third back of his right ear.

Mabel Burke lived with Mr. Doane at 6339 Champlain Avenue, the latter said to Lieutenant O'Brien last night. "Mr. Wile represented himself to be a single man and had been keeping company with Mabel for a year. He was in the habit of calling at the home every Monday afternoon. Mabel was a delicate girl and unable to work regularly. A few days ago she heard Mr. Wile was a married man. She went to his flat where she met Mrs. Wile. I understand she borrowed $ 10.00 and purchased a revolver Of course she intended to kill Wile for his deception. She loved him and thought he would marry her."

Wile asked to have his wife sent for and she came to the hospital. She seemed little disconcerted, but explained that she was a Christian Scientist, and said her religion enabled her to meet all troubles calmly, whether in the form of bodily pain or of sorrows. It was reported she had advised Miss Burke, when the latter called on her, to adopt that faith and find peace.

A.S. TRUDE KNEW HIM

A.S. Trude, for whom Wile sent as soon as help reached him, said in the evening he believed the woman was mentally unbalanced to a slight extent. She had come to him first for legal advice and he had sent her to Wile. She had impressed him then as an emotional woman, and he believed she had become infatuated with her attorney and shot them while in a frenzy. He had known Wile almost intimately, and could think of no other reason for the deed. "Mr. Wile told me this afternoon," he said, "the woman had been anxious to see him in connection with her case. She asked him to play something on the piano and shot him without warning. He seems to have kept his head remarkedly well under the circumstances and I believe he is telling the truth."

"Mrs. Wile, whom I saw later knows of no reason for the shooting, and I am satisfied is not concerned in it in any way, she and her husband lived happily together."

Note: Homicide In Chicago:

WILE, DAVID J., died in hospital, 13th Street and Michigan Avenue from blood poisoning caused by a pistol shot wound inflicted May 3, at the Hotel Anthony, by Miss Mabel Burke.


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David Jacob Wile's Timeline

1854
May 10, 1854
La Porte, LaPorte County, Indiana, United States
1885
June 16, 1885
Indiana, United States
1899
June 8, 1899
Age 45
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
June 8, 1899
Age 45
Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States