Category: Chicago Crime

R. Kelly, Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, and Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta – Who is the criminal?

R. Kelly, Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, and Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta – Who is the criminal?
I try to call balls and strikes as I see them and I really hope that President Trump is watching this travesty of justice carefully. First off, I am not defending R. Kelly although he, like everyone else, should be given the presumption of innocence and due process before we execute him in the court... Read more »

Chicago mayoral candidate La Shawn Ford wants police to be nothing more than armed witnesses

Chicago mayoral candidate La Shawn Ford wants police to be nothing more than armed witnesses
This is one of those things that I thought HAD to be fake news.  I first heard of it through a facebook  group I belong to and my comment was “Please someone tell me that this is not real!”  It was so outrageous that I literally couldn’t believe it but sadly I checked the Illinois... Read more »

A Former Cop's View of Police Use of Force, Jason Van Dyke, and the law-abiding citizens of Chicago

A Former Cop's View of Police Use of Force, Jason Van Dyke, and the law-abiding citizens of Chicago
This is not one of my usual Chicago history related posts but after the recent verdict of 2nd-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm leveled at Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, I felt it necessary and also therapeutic for me to give my opinions regarding the Jason Van Dyke trial and... Read more »
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The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day
Much has been written about Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett and his murderous escapades in Chicago while using the alias Dr. H.H. Holmes.  Thanks to Erik Larson’s best-selling book and many other books and shows, the murderous con-man will be forever linked to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. What many don’t know is that... Read more »

You can't stop Evil and Crazy but you can make it more difficult for them!

You can't stop Evil and Crazy but you can make it more difficult for them!
So here we go again!  Another deranged person shoots up a school and 17 lives are lost in a matter of minutes.  The Facebook profile pics change, both sides of the political aisles throw up their gauntlets, there is debate, grandstanding, outrage, political ads, people scream at Congress and try to place blame on something... Read more »

Otto Funk - The Great Chicago Library Book Thief

Otto Funk - The Great Chicago Library Book Thief
This story was a long time in the making and realistically too long for a blog post so I am including the link to the full story here. As a book lover myself, I was drawn to the story of Otto Funk, the most prolific book thief in Chicago history.  As most great stories, I... Read more »
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59th Anniversary of the Murder of Bonnie Leigh Scott of Addison could lead to closure in the 1956 Grimes Sisters Murder.

59th Anniversary of the Murder of Bonnie Leigh Scott of Addison could lead to closure in the 1956 Grimes Sisters Murder.
On September 22, 1958, a fifteen-year-old sophomore girl from York High School did not return home.  She lived at 112 Normandy Drive in Addison with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Schwolow as well as her grandmother, Mrs. Doris Hitchens, who was her guardian. Bonnie had troubles at school and had run... Read more »

Was Dr. H. H. Holmes the Origin of the Hippach Curse?

Was Dr. H. H. Holmes the Origin of the Hippach Curse?
I have written about the Hippach family of Chicago before and have referred to them as possibly one of Chicago’s most unlucky families.  If I actually believed in curses I would be tempted to claim that the Hippach family was cursed for some previously unknown reason. I have also done a fair amount of research... Read more »

The Chicago Haymarket Riot Police Memorial Statue – A Tumultuous History of its Own

The Chicago Haymarket Riot Police Memorial Statue – A Tumultuous History of its Own
On May 4, 1886 at about half past 7:00pm there was a planned rally of workingmen, predominantly of German descent, that met for speeches and “peaceful” protest of the Chicago Police Department’s response to the striking workers at the McCormick Harvester Works the day before.  In that incident at least two but possibly six workers... Read more »
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The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?

The Chicago Memorial Day Massacre of 1937…or was it?
Chicago is no stranger to labor disputes.  In fact labor is one of the reasons that a traditionally Republican establishment turned Democratic toward the end of the 19th century and never looked back. While many history buffs are familiar with the Haymarket Riot or Haymarket Affair as it is sometimes called, many are not familiar... Read more »