The Trail Went Cold – Episode 132 – Adele Born Williams

January 19, 1944. Chicago, Illinois. 54-year old Adele Born Williams returns to her eighth-floor suite at the Drake Hotel alongside her daughter, Patricia Goodbody. A woman dressed in black suddenly emerges from the bathroom and fires a shot into Adele’s head before fleeing the scene and Adele dies the following day. To everyone’s surprise, one police lieutenant suspects Patricia of being the killer and believes that the mysterious “woman in black” did not exist. However, other evidence seems to point to the crime being a botched robbery attempt committed by one of the hotel clerks, but in the end, no one is ever charged with the murder. In preparation for our appearance at the True Crime Podcast Festival this coming weekend, this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold” covers one of Chicago’s most bizarre unsolved murders.

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Additional Reading:

“Chronicles of Old Chicago: Exploring the History and Lore of the Windy City” by Adam Selzer

“Mysterious Chicago: History at Its Coolest” by Adam Selzer

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.