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5. Cardinal George Mundelein

When an anarchist attempted to kill many of Chicago's most powerful men in 1916, his weapon was chicken soup. At a welcoming banquet for new Roman Catholic archbishop George Mundelein that was attended by Illinois' governor, a former Chicago mayor and many titans of industry, a cook named Jean Crones spiked the soup with arsenic. While Mundelein said he felt no ill effects, many guests vomited amid the splendor of the University Club. But no one died. Crones' escape led to a series of reported sightings, including a tip that he was disguised as a nun in Pittsburgh. He was never captured. SCALF, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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