Take a listen to Episode 1 of The Deep Dark Podcast, a new podcast addressing the OCCK case:

Next, from a reader:

“The OakPark, Illinois police repeatedly deny FOIA requests when they stopped investigating the case 4 months after the murder nearly 40 years ago. How does that saying go? History doesn’t repeat but it sure as hell rhymes.”

The Kathleen Lombardo murder in Oak Park and an obviously related stabbing and attempted rape of Grace Puccetti remain unsolved. The Lombardo murder deeply affected a young neighbor, the late crime writer Michelle McNamara, and later set her on a path to become a crime writer. Watch the latest episode of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO, Season 1, Episode 7, last week) which covers the powerful testimony of survivors and victims’ family members at the Golden State Killer’s sentencing hearing, and addresses the typical intransigent agency behavior exhibited by the Oak Park PD in the Lombardo murder and the attack on Puccetti. Open case my ass. Unsolved, uncleared but certainly not “open” for purposes of evading FOIA requests.

Listen to the discussion of how police and officials try to white wash crimes, and the fallout for those left behind.

[K]eep in mind that I’ll Be Gone in the Dark as a docuseries was never really a GSK [Golden State Killer] story, but a story about why these cases are worth solving. It’s not because puzzles are fun or that these monsters are interesting. It’s because they can provide an element of closure and peace, so while there is certainly thrill for the true-crime author in digging through documents and trying to piece together an answer, the good on the other side is that people who suffered can start a new chapter. These crimes create a psychic wound, and those wounds can only heal when the shadowy figure is brought into the light. 

Court battles and docuseries and podcasts and families having to carry the ball. Sound familiar?

ACLU challenges Michigan State Police over racial disparities

ACLU challenges Michigan State Police over racial disparities
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Shocker. And it’s agencies like this that CREATE the divide between the public and law enforcement that society is apparently just supposed to accept and hope individually not to be on the receiving end of.

Observations about the unpleasant, but necessary task of cleaning house.

Especially when it comes to rooting out the unethical behavior of government attorneys and those who look the other way:

There is a price for heeding illegal and unethical direction. My brother paid it.

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