Posts in category "Chicago Crime"

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 »

List of Chicago Police Officers Killed and Injured at Chicago Haymarket Affair

List of Chicago Police Officers Killed and Injured at Chicago Haymarket Affair
Today marks the 129th Anniversary of what has become known as Chicago’s Haymarket Affair.  Some say it was the turning point for the labor movement not only in Chicago but the world.  There are two great websites that tell the story of that day.  One of those websites is the Chicago History Museum’s Haymarket Affair... Read more »

Book Review: Fred Pascente & Sam Reaves, MOB COP : My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department

Book Review:  Fred Pascente & Sam Reaves, MOB COP : My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department
On the surface it seemed like MOB COP was going to be just another chapter in the already embattled history of the Chicago Police Department.  It was definitely more than I bargained for. Sam Reaves does an excellent job of weaving together the story of Fred Pascente who was a 26 year veteran of the... Read more »
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Top 10 Reasons Mayor Emanuel Runs Red Light Cameras

Top 10 Reasons Mayor Emanuel Runs Red Light Cameras
Straight from our home offices at ChicagoNow.  I hold in my hand the top 10 reasons (excuses) for Mayor Rahm Emanuel blowing through red light cameras. 10.  “I thought I removed those damn things!” 9.  Rebuilding Chicago’s economy one ticket at a time. 8.  Testing the accuracy of the red light cameras. “Yep they work... Read more »

The Unsolved 1977 Murder of Deborah Lynn Rosencrans - Tamara Shaffer - Guest Author Blog

The Unsolved 1977 Murder of Deborah Lynn Rosencrans - Tamara Shaffer - Guest Author Blog
I have gotten to know author Tamara Shaffer over the years and especially when researching the deaths of sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes.  Both of us have an undying desire to see justice served and have written about unsolved murders in an effort to keep the victims’ memories alive and to hopefully spark a memory... Read more »

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Terrible Tommy O'Connor

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Terrible Tommy O'Connor
As my wife was placing the corned beef brisket into the crockpot and we were planning our St. Paddy’s Day activities for this evening, I went to the mailbox and found a postcard from an old Chicago buddy, Tommy O’Connor ! How cool to hear from him and know that he is doing well at... Read more »
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Teresita Basa Killed Today in 1977 - Did She Solve Her Own Murder?

Teresita Basa Killed Today in 1977 - Did She Solve Her Own Murder?
Today, February 21, 2015, is the 38th Anniversary of the murder of Teresita Basa. Teresita was a 47 year old respiratory therapist who worked at the now defunct Edgewater Hospital. On the evening of that day in 1977 the shrill sirens of Chicago fire engines pierced through the cold winter air in the neighborhood of... Read more »

The Last Execution by Electric Chair in Chicago

The Last Execution by Electric Chair in Chicago
Today, February 18, 2015, is the 270th anniversary of Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta.  Volta is credited with inventing the first chemical battery and actually separated and identified the odorless gas, methane.  You can probably deduce by his name that the term to describe electric potential (the volt) is named in his honor.  Actually, since he... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Kids! We are still Proud of You!

Jackie Robinson West Kids!  We are still Proud of You!
Its seems like the Jackie Robinson West Little League Champions of 2014 have felt both the Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Corruption. I loved, like everyone else, seeing the innocent smiles and joy on the faces of those wonderful ball players from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League Team.   I had also heard... Read more »
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McKinley Park Angels - Grimes Sisters gone but not forgotten

McKinley Park Angels - Grimes Sisters gone but not forgotten
Tomorrow is the 57th Anniversary of the disappearance of sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes (known as Petey to close friends and family).   The girls went missing after not returning home from the Elvis Presley movie, “Love Me Tender”, at the Brighton Theater on the evening of December 28, 1956.  A month long missing persons hunt... Read more »