Chicago Tribune, April 7, 1911. All practical jokers deserve the death penalty, but coroner’s juries were notoriously lenient at this time, and hardly ever indicted anyone for murder or manslaughter. Dope dealers were occasionally indicted for overdoses deemed their fault; midwives were sometimes busted for botched abortions; automobile drivers were subject to homicide charges if they killed a kid or old person. Pretty much everyone else got a walk.