Category: Chicago Crime

Unsolved Mysteries to Feature Chicago Grimes Cold Case Tomorrow

Unsolved Mysteries to Feature Chicago Grimes Cold Case Tomorrow
Many Chicagoans, myself included, remember the television series “Unsolved Mysteries” hosted by Raymond Burr, Karl Malden, and most memorably in my opinion the amazing talent and voice of Robert Stack.  The series started in 1987 on NBC and ended its network run with CBS in 1999.  The series was revived by Lifetime from 2001 to... 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 »

Where are Teresita Basa and Allan Showery 39 years after her Voice From The Grave sent him to Prison?

Where are Teresita Basa and Allan Showery 39 years after her Voice From The Grave sent him to Prison?
On February 21, 1977, the body of 47-year-old Teresita Basa was found in her torched apartment on the 15th Floor of 2740 N. Pine Grove Ave in Chicago.  She was a respiratory therapist at the now defunct Edgewater Hospital.  Police had no suspects until another respiratory therapist named Remedios Chua started going into trances and... Read more »
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Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!
O.K.  I have prided myself on writing a blog that centers on history and historical research and doesn’t just rant and complain about things but I can no longer do that. A member of my facebook group, Chicago History the Stranger Side, posted an article yesterday about how the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is... Read more »

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 »
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Transport Back in Time to Chicago’s Crime of the Century with Never The Sinner

Transport Back in Time to Chicago’s Crime of the Century with Never The Sinner
There aren’t many alive today who can say that they remember the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago in 1924 or the heinous crime that brought Hyde Park, The University of Chicago and the city’s wealthy and privileged into the national spotlight. The closest that you are going to get is by visiting the historic Biograph... Read more »

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast

The Murder of the White City Mayor Carter Harrison by Patrick Eugene Prendergast
The city of Chicago was preparing to close out the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition on October 30, 1893 with pomp and pageantry but it would ultimately end more akin to a funeral. Patrick Eugene Prendergast was a man of grand dreams, small means and even grander delusions.  By today’s standards he would have been more... Read more »

Charles Heath - The Forgotten Victim of Child Killers Leopold and Loeb

Charles Heath - The Forgotten Victim of Child Killers Leopold and Loeb
Charles Ford Heath is a name that few remember when discussing the “Crime of the Century” On May 21, 1924, 14 year old Bobby Franks did not come home from the Harvard School for Boys in Chicago’s elite Kenwood Neighborhood. Nathan Leopold, 19 and Richard Loeb, 18 were extremely intelligent sons of wealthy Chicagoans and... Read more »
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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 »