In November of 1915, a submarine was found at the bottom of The Chicago River. It had been there for at least ten years, was 40 feet long, and contained the remains of a man and his dog. To this day, no one knows who built it, where it came from, or who was inside. This is the first in a five part series looking into the mystery of The Foolkiller. With luck, we might even be able to solve it. But before we get into the meat of the question, we need to learn the context. We need to learn about the darkest day in Chicago history, the day of The Eastland Disaster.
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The SS Eastland, underway
And after it overturned, just below The Clark Street Bridge
Survivors crossing the overturned hull
The SS Kenosha was one of the first boats to reach the rescue effort
The rescue quickly and tragically turned into a recovery
A diver (possibly William "Frenchy" Deneau) enters the river to search for bodies
The victims were laid out in rows of 85 at The Second Regiment Armory for family members to search for their loved ones. There were 848 in all.
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