Crime & Law

3 years
ago

Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s New Top Cop

Rahm Emanuel announced today that the head of Newark’s police department will be the next superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. There’s a lot that’s familiar: experience with technologies like Compstat and surveillance cameras, and union tensions.

4 years
ago

How Blagojevich Lawyer Sam Adam Jr. Plans to Defend His Client

MIGHTY MOUTH: The defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. doesn’t merely argue cases—he performs, typically closing with an eruption of righteous indignation, and his clients (R. Kelly, for one) often walk free. Now Adam is set to strut and fret upon the brightly lit stage of former governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial—and he aims to bring down the house

4 years
ago

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre—Excerpt from ‘Get Capone,’ by Jonathan Eig

THE COLDEST CASE: Since February 14, 1929, when seven men were gunned down inside a Clark Street garage, the mastermind behind the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre has remained a mystery, though suspicions usually point to Al Capone. Now a new biographer has uncovered fresh information implicating a different suspect—a forgotten Chicago felon with a simple and timeless motive: revenge.

6 years
ago

Paying with the Past

Lawyers for victims of two 20th-century terrorist bombings are trying to force the sale of a cache of 2,500-year-old Persian tablets currently on loan to Chicago’s Oriental Institute.

6 years
ago

The Bully of Toulon

From our September 2002 issue: For years, a rough-hewn man named Curt Thompson threatened and intimidated his neighbors in the small farming community of Toulon, Illinois. Many complained about him, and a few filed charges, yet little was done, and residents learned to alter their lives to avoid him. Then one night, authorities say, a newcomer paid him a call, and the town’s worst fears came true

7 years
ago

Bloodlines: The Death of Chicago Dermatologist David Cornbleet

After dermatologist David Cornbleet was murdered in his Michigan Avenue office, his son, Jonathan, devoted himself to finding the killer. Now a shy and troubled young man—a former patient of Dr. Cornbleet’s—has confessed. But that man’s anguished father is arguing that a drug prescribed by the slain doctor may have contributed to the killing.

7 years
ago

 

The Lost Don

When FBI agents showed up last spring to arrest the Chicago mob boss Joey “The Clown” Lombardo, there was a problem: he wasn’t there, and he hasn’t been seen since. But Lombardo is more than a vanishing act. He’s one of a vanishing breed—a last link to the Chicago Outfit’s blood-spattered heyday.

7 years
ago

The Hacktivist

Calling himself an electronic Robin Hood, Jeremy Hammond used his computer savvy to attack a conservative group’s Web site. He called it an act of civil disobedience. The FBI called it theft.

7 years
ago

 

True Believer

He has fought the Mob and helped impeach a President. But now Chicago attorney David Schippers is battling to prove a connection between Oklahoma City and the September 11th attacks. Is he the latest dupe in a grand, improbable conspiracy—or could he be on to something?