In February 1886, L. A. Hopkins stole cash from his employer, Chapin & Gore, in Chicago and fled with Theodore Dreiser’s sister Emma.
The couple wound up living in New York.
The story provided the factual basis on which the plot of Sister Carrie is based.
The full name of L. A. Hopkins was Lorenzo A. Hopkins. His dates were 1847-1897. He died in Brooklyn, New York on December 21, 1897 and is buried n Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens, New York.