Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, Illinois is one of the older burial grounds in the Chicago area. Because of this, there are a fair amount of children interred at Calvary. Presumably, the majority of the young people died as the result as the result of infectious disease such as small pox, typhoid, cholera and cholera
Janet Wilkinson was born in 1912. She was the daughter of John and Kathryn. She had two sisters Bernice and Jean. The family lived in an apartment at 114 E. Superior in Chicago.
Janet vanished on July 22, 1919 after playing with friends in a local playground. A frantic search ensued looking for the missing girl.
Police interrogated Thomas Fitzgerald a 39 year old married man who lived in the same apartment building as the Wilkinson family. He apparently had a fondness for Janet and had offered her candy on many occasions. He had also been seen talking with the girl.
After prolonged interrogation, he admited to choking Janet to death. He led police to the site where he had hidden the body.
Thomas Fitzgerald was convicted of murder. He was hanged on October 17, 2019.
John, Kathryn, Bernice and Janet are all interred in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Il