Chester Vegercar: chicagotribune.com
American Chester Veger (Chester Weger), convicted for life for killing a woman in a Park Starved Rock (Starved Rock), Illinois, February 21 will be released after nearly 60 years in prison. About it writes The Independent.
Veger sought parole since 1972, but he always refused. Only in November 2019, the Council, considering the application for PAROLE, voted in favor of the prisoner, despite the fact that the granddaughter of his victims spoke out against the release, reported the Chicago Tribune. March 3, Veger turns 81 years, as the newspaper notes, the whole term of imprisonment he declared his innocence.
The American was convicted in March, 1961, and charged with the murder of 50-year-old Lillian Etting (Lillian Oetting), which the year before was found murdered in Starved Rock, along with his friends Francis Murphy (Frances Murphy) and Mildred Lindquist (Mildred Lindquist). Women went on a small hike and never returned, and two days later their bodies were found tied and partially naked. Veger, while 21-year-old dishwasher at the Park, came under suspicion, as previously had problems with the law, and the cord, which was associated with the corpses, was like a cord from the kitchen, where he worked as a man.
After several interrogations and months of round-the-clock surveillance, the American was arrested and confessed to the killings, but later recanted, saying that he incriminated himself under pressure. Despite this, the state government decided to prosecute him for murder Etting. The state prosecution asked to sentence Vegera the death penalty, the defense insisted that the investigation of threats to beat him. The jury in the end gave Veger a life sentence in the day of his 22nd anniversary — March 3, 1961, when the US President was John F. Kennedy.
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