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Cook County John Doe is a man who was stabbed to death on the night of August 23, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois.


On the night of August 23, 1974, three teenagers were being threatened with a knife in front of the Wilson Hotel on Chicago's North Side. This victim, who was not with the teenagers, intervened on their part and was stabbed into his chest as a result. It is not known if the killer(s) were arrested.

The victim, who was declared a "hero" in the press, laid unclaimed in a refrigerated crypt in the County Morgue for months, but no one came to identify him.

On December 30, 1974, a ceremony for the victim's burial at Oak Woods Cemetery occurred. A business man named Kim Simon paid for the grave, liner, and perpetual care after reading about the case in the Chicago Tribune. Simon stated, "Here was a man who had tried to help where so many others walked away, and he paid for it with his life. He deserved a dignified burial. So I contacted the morgue and made the arrangements." Rabbi H. Goren Perelumter of K.A.M Isaiah Congregation, Reverend Thomas Fitzgerald of St Thomas of Apostle Catholic Church, and Reverend Emergy Percell of United Church of Hyde Park attended the funeral all in black to pray for the victim.


  • Brown hair.
  • Hazel eyes.


  • Multicolored shirt.
  • Green trousers.
  • Black zippered boots.