Archive for 2012

A bit of The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, among other World’s Fairs, in Elmhurst, IL

A bit of The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, among other World’s Fairs, in Elmhurst, IL
Article 4 in Series:  Remnants of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago ***UPDATED INFO***  1/2/2013- Just received word from the Elmhurst History Museum that while the traveling exhibit on the first floor ends January 7th the “Elmhurst Goes to the Fair” exhibit upstairs has been extended to April 21, 2013! *** In an ongoing... Read more »

New Information on Disappearance of Grimes Sisters Chicago's Most Infamous Cold Case

New Information on Disappearance of Grimes Sisters Chicago's Most Infamous Cold Case
Today is the 56th Anniversary of the disappearance and subsequent murder of Barbara and Patricia Grimes.  I have written about the case many times because being a retired police investigator the case struck a chord with me many years ago.  I am not old enough to remember the crime itself but many of the people... Read more »

2012 Escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago MCC reminiscent of 1985 and 1859

2012 Escape from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago MCC reminiscent of 1985 and 1859
As I was walking north on Clark Street this morning on my way to the Daley Center to research some old naturalization petitions (I am sort of a genealogy nut), I passed by the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) (the federal detention facility in Chicago), as I normally do about twice a week.  Only this time,... Read more »
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Chicago's first and only Crucifixion!

Chicago's first and only Crucifixion!
No!  I don’t mean the crucifixions that some of our less law abiding politicians claim federal prosecutors are performing.  I am talking about a real, honest to goodness crucifixion.   I was recently researching some executions that took place in the Chicago Courthouse and so I had executions on my mind when I had visited the... Read more »

12/12/12 Significant for Chicago or not so much?

12/12/12 Significant for Chicago or not so much?
I don’t really put much stock in numbers or statistics because lets face it, you can make them do just about anything you want them to do such as with Cook County real estate taxes which are supposedly heavily based on the value of your property but magically goes up even though property values go... Read more »

Kate Middleton, Jacintha Saldanha, and a history of pranks gone wrong

Kate Middleton, Jacintha Saldanha, and a history of pranks gone wrong
Yesterday, Australian DJ’s Mel Greig and Michael Christian made what they deemed a harmless prank phone call to the hospital where Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (more recognized as the former Kate Middleton, wife to Prince William) was being treated for a severe case of “morning sickness”  One of the DJs pretended to be Queen... Read more »
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Rouse Simmons The Chicago Christmas Tree Ship 100th Anniversary

Rouse Simmons The Chicago Christmas Tree Ship 100th Anniversary
November 23, 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the loss of one of the the greatest “Christmas Tree Ships” of the Great Lakes and a special one in the hearts of late 19th Century and early 20th Century Chicagoans. Captain Herman Schuenemann was nicknamed Captain Santa by the thousands of Chicagoans who waited eagerly for... Read more »

SyFy's "Haunted Collector" John Zaffis to be at Harper College this Tuesday

SyFy's "Haunted Collector" John Zaffis to be at Harper College this Tuesday
Just in time for Halloween, TV’s “Haunted Collector” John Zaffis will bring the scary to Harper College’s J Building Theater, Room J143, Building J at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The series has always seemed to me to be the real-life equivalent to the old Canadian-American series, Friday the 13th.  I loved that show... Read more »

Did the Cook County Sheriff's Department arrest Resurrection Mary?

Did the Cook County Sheriff's Department arrest Resurrection Mary?
I had to share this gem of a true story with all the other Resurrection Mary fans out there.  The story comes from a good friend of mine who is, like myself, a former police officer.  It might actually help to explain why there seems to have been a spike in Resurrection Mary sightings in... Read more »
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The Zombie Apocalypse Scheduled to Hit Palos Park, Illinois on October 6th, 2012

The Zombie Apocalypse Scheduled to Hit Palos Park, Illinois on October 6th, 2012
O.K. maybe not actually but probably as close as you want to get to one.  I don’t know what it is but a whole bunch of people just LOVE Zombies!  I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of those people!  I mean, come on , what is not to love!  Actually I... Read more »