Wisconsin – Little Lord Fauntleroy

Wisconsin is a state that surprises me every week, as I am finding new and sometimes unusual cases to share. This one is also one that could be shared on Monday when I share a Mystery case, as it still remains unsolved.

A young boy was found floating in a pond in Waukesha, WI, on March 8, 1921. The pond was near the O’Laughlin Stone Company, and the child was between the ages of five and seven years old.

Sketch of the child known as Little Lord Fauntleroy

The boy had blond hair, brown eyes, and had a tooth missing in his lower jaw. He had been struck with a blunt instrument. It is unknown how long the boy was in the water, and it could have been several months. One of the employees had been approached by a couple about five weeks before the body was found, a woman wearing a red sweater asked if he had seen a young boy in the area. She was crying, but the man with her was seen watching the area where the child would be located. The couple later left in a Ford vehicle and were never found later.

The child was wearing a gray sweater, underwear, black stocking, a blouse, and leather shoes. The quality of his clothing suggested that he was from an affluent family. A theory of the case is that “Little Lord Fauntleroy” was abducted from a wealthy family, much further away and that the was disposed of in another location to prevent his identification.

The police displayed his body at a local funeral home, trying to identify him, but nobody had claimed his body. After the investigation had exhausted the few leads it had, a local woman, Minnie Conrad, raised money to have him buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery. After his burial, a woman wearing a heavy veil, would place flowers on his grave, some suspect the woman new the identity of Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Little Lord Fauntleroy remains buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery to this day. He has a headstone that reads “Unknown Boy Found in O’Laughlin Quarry. Waukesha, Wis. March 8, 1921.” The plain headstone says very little about the enormous mystery that surrounds him.

Stay Curious my Friends!

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