Thomas Marshall

Thomas Marshall was an assistant state attorney for Illinois. Marshall began the state's closing arguments before Judge Caverly. Marshall told the court that "There is in this case but one question before the court, and one question only. That is, what punishment is proportionate to the turpitude of the offense, or in other words, what punishment under the law fits the crime committed." Marshall believed this crime warranted the death penalty:

"If this is not a murder of the extreme type on the facts, then, of course, a lesser penalty than death can be invoked; but when months of planning, careful execution of every detail, a money motive, a kidnapping for ransom, the cruel blows of a sharp steel chisel, the gagging, the death, and the hiding of the body all appear, as they do here, the malice and deliberation take the crime out of the scale of lesser penalties and prescribe death."