Category: Crime

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 »

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 »
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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 »

If Your Religion is OK with the Bombing in Manchester, It is Time to Re-think Your Beliefs!

If Your Religion is OK with the Bombing in Manchester, It is Time to Re-think Your Beliefs!
People will more than likely think this is a post looking to demonize the Islamic faith, it is not.  It is simply a call for those who hold beliefs that would cause them to justify the murder of at least 22 (mostly children) innocent people at an Ariana Grande concert to possibly re-think their political... Read more »

Johann Hoch hung 110 years ago Today – His last moments on Earth

Johann Hoch hung 110 years ago Today – His last moments on Earth
Johann Otto Hoch or John Schmidt as was his most accepted birth name, was born in 1863 in Birgen, Russia or in 1855 in Horrweiler, Germany.  He had numerous aliases although John Hock was the one he maintained through his execution. He purportedly came to the United States in 1883 with his first wife (that... Read more »
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Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?

Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?
Many people find fascination with the topic of the Salem Witch trials of 1692.  I have read a number of fascinating books on the subject and most recently a team of researchers from Salem State University have claimed to have located the actual site of the 19 executions by hanging that resulted from the trials. ... Read more »

Unsolved Chicago Grimes Sisters’ Murder is 59 Years Old

Unsolved Chicago Grimes Sisters’ Murder is 59 Years Old
Fifty-nine years ago on the 28th of December sisters Barbara (15) and Patricia “Petey” (13) left their home at 3634 S. Damen Avenue to see the Elvis Presley movie “Love Me Tender” at the Brighton Theater on Archer Avenue.  They never returned home. That night their older sister Theresa and younger brother Joey went to... Read more »

Assassination Theater – A Theatrical Investigation of the Murder of JFK

Assassination Theater – A Theatrical Investigation of the Murder of JFK
At first I thought that it wouldn’t be fair that I should be writing a review of Assassination Theater.  After all I love history and I am a former criminal investigator so it was right up my alley.  I thought it would be rather like a Republican doing a review of the Republican National Convention... Read more »
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Champaign Dark History Con could fare well in Chicago

Champaign Dark History Con could fare well in Chicago
Dark History Con is a convention showcasing the darker side of history and Brian Ward, its creator, makes no apologies. “For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with ‘Dark History’; Killers, mobsters, tragic events. My hobby has been to research these things and visit sites related to them. I hope to... Read more »