Robert Peterson

Birth Name:
Robert M. Peterson
Birth Date:
February 11, 1942
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois
Death Date:
October 16, 1955
Place of Death:
Robinson Woods Forest Preserve, Chicago, Illinois
Cause of Death:
Cemetery Name:
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Robert Peterson was a young boy who was brutally raped and murdered with his friends Anton Schuessler Jr. and John Schuessler in 1955. The crime scene where the bodies where found was largely contaminated by investigators and photographers who destroyed important evidence. This murder case remained unsolved for 40 years until stable handyman Kenneth Hansen became a suspect (along with his boss Silas Jayne) thanks to evidence that was unearthed as a result of an investigation into another sensational cold case - the 1977 murder of candy-company heiress Helen Vorhees Brach.

One thing that all of these murders have in common… Silas Jayne. Silas Jayne is suspected being directly responsible for or ordering the murders of:

— the 1955 disappearance and murder of John Schuessler, aged 13, his brother Anton Jr., aged 11, and their friend Robert Peterson, aged 14
— the 1977 disappearance and murder of Brach’s candy heiress Helen Brach
— the 1965 murder of Cheryl Lynn Rude of a car bombing
— the 1966 disappearance and murder of Ann Miller, 21, Patricia Blough, 19, and Renee Bruhl, 20 (these women may have been witnesses to the planting of the car bomb that killed 22-year-old Cheryl Lynn Rude)
— 1969 murder of Frank Michelle Jr. (Silas successfully claimed self-defense despite the fact that Michelle was shot nine times, and with three different weapons: an M1 carbine and .22- and .38-caliber pistols, and Silas reportedly boasted of crushing the man’s testicles, using vise-grip pliers)
— In 1973, Jayne went to prison for the murder of his half brother, George Jayne, who he had hired a hitman to kill George Jayne

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum

5800 N. Ravenswood

Chicago, Illinois, 60660


North America


Grave Location:

Section 119, Lot 31, Sub Lot 1

Grave Location Description

Robert Peterson’s grave is located in Section 119 which is southeast of the West Entrance. After entering the West Entrance, take the first left and head due east for about 0.2 miles and Section 119 will be on your right.



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