1911 – Madison Infant Kidnapped From Home

On this date 7-year-old Annie Lemberger was kidnapped from her bedroom. Despite an intensive search by police and volunteers, she was not recovered. Three days later, cement worker George Younger found her body floating in Lake Monona. Police arrested Lemberger neighbor John A. "Dogskin" Johnson for the crime. Johnson confessed to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Johnson later claimed he was coerced into confession and continually proclaimed his innocence. Members of the Lemberger family were also accused of the crime. Johnson was eventually freed based on additional evidence offered during a pardon hearing. The story was sensationalized in local media for years. [Source: by Resurrection Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, Inc., p. 178]