Matson or Watson

With a partial identification of the Ragged Stranger as a newspaper delivery driver, it only made sense for the police to leave the Chicago reporters to suss out on their own whether any of the papers had someone named Matson or Watson that was missing. It didn’t take long. With front page headlines devoted to the mystery surrounding the murder of young, pregnant Ruth it was not long before the police and every reporter in town had determined that there was no chauffeur nor any newspaper delivery driver from any of the various daily, weekly, morning, and evening editions in Chicago named Watson or Matson that was unaccounted for. Neither Matson nor Watson, chauffeur or newspaper wagon driver, was the Ragged Stranger.


Chicago Daily Tribune from June 23, 1920.