November 1, 1992 |
JOHN SAM FIRST HEARD THE NEWS IN MARCH WHILE HE WAS DRIVING to work in the outskirts of Chicago, listening to the radio. The excited reporter was talking too fast, breathlessly biting off words, but Sam managed to absorb the gist of the story. A young Illinois assistant attorney general named Mary Brigid Kenney had resigned in protest after deciding the wrong men stood convicted of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico's rape and murder over in suburban DuPage County.
July 21, 1987
Teddy Grubbs, former DePaul University basketball player, was ordered held on $20,000 bond Monday on a charge of attempted rape. Grubbs was charged with exposing himself to and attacking a 30-year-old woman who collects rent in his apartment building. Grubbs was a starter at DePaul in 1980-81 and 1981-82 but eventually quit school. Violence Court Associate Judge Michael Buckley Bolan set a preliminary hearing day of July 29.
January 28, 1997 |
It is a familiar dance, the stuff of countless courtroom confrontations. On one side of the aisle, defense attorneys talk of "frame-ups" and "political motivation." On the other side, prosecutors invoke their "ethical duties" and "the wisdom of the jury." Each side argues, each advocates with passion. In the end, after all the appeals, one side wins and the other loses. Who had truth and honor in their corner remains unclear, if not irrelevant.
April 27, 1991 |
A woman lived on peanuts and rainwater for eight days in the trunk of a car after being raped and slashed, police said Friday. "Honestly, it's a tribute to a person's will to survive," Sgt. Larry Zumbrock said. The 37-year-old woman finally freed herself in this Chicago suburb on Thursday by prying open the lock with a part from the spare tire bracket, Zumbrock said. The woman was listed in fair condition Friday at Holy Family Hospital, spokeswoman Linda Melton said.
June 29, 1997 |
A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death, then drove her body to her sister's house, where he killed three more people and raped another, Marseilles, Ill., police said. Charles Smith hanged himself after raping a 13-year-old girl, police said. Smith, 53, shot Cindy Benson, 34, in her hometown of Joliet, then drove her body 36 miles to a home in Marseilles, a town of 5,500 people located about 70 miles southwest of Chicago.
October 28, 1988 |
Laura Trotman got into an empty elevator in the campus library the other night but, before the doors closed, a man walked on and accidentally brushed against her. She jumped. So did he. "He meant me no harm, but it was just my paranoia that made me do it and I guess that scared him," said Trotman, 21, a senior economics major here at the University of Illinois. Trotman has reason to be nervous.