Richard Klaettke
Occupation Carpenter
Born ca. 1857

February 5, 1896(1896-02-05) (aged 38)
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Parents John Klaettke
Wilhelmine Klaettke
Spouse(s) Kate Klaettke
Attack information
Date Feburary 5, 1896
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois, United States
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) Revolver

Richard Klaettke (also identified as Richard Kloettke) was an American carpenter who killed six members of his family in Chicago, Illinois, United States on Feburary 5, 1896, before committing suicide. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


  • John Klaettke, 73, his father
  • Wilhelmine Klaettke, 71, his mother
  • Kate Klaettke, 31, his wife
  • Mina Klaettke, 9, his daughter
  • Anna Klaettke, 8, his daughter
  • Emma Klaettke, 7, his daughter

See alsoEdit

  • Jens Hansen, a Dane who gassed his wife and five children in Chicago on January 12, 1896.


Further readingEdit

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