Archive for November, 2010

Chicago PD Reels as Officer Deaths Climb

Chicago police are under fire—literally. 

By all barometers, it has been a horrific week for those in blue just 100 miles to the southeast of Spingola Files HQ. 

Last Monday, off-duty Officer David Blake was shot and killed on that city’s southwest side. 

Earlier today, a gunman killed an on-duty Chicago police evidence technician and a former Chicago Housing Authority officer. 

While investigators are busy probing both matters, they have yet to ascertain a motive in the killing of Blake, a 15-year veteran who died in his SUV with a cigarette still dangling from his mouth.  The evidence strongly suggests that the perpetrator shot Blake while both were inside the vehicle. Robbery is apparently not a motive.  Blake’s wallet was located on his person.  Detectives also found his duty weapon inside the SUV. 

Blake resided a distance from the West Seipp Street crime scene—a one-block road described by an area resident as lightly traveled and not an area where people typically go to congregate.

As detectives worked diligently to clear the Blake case, another tragedy unfolded. 

Earlier today, Officer Michael Flisk, age 46, was shot and killed while investigating a burglary on Chicago’s south side. 

“News of Flisk’s slaying set the department reeling,” the Chicago Tribune reports, “leaving officers crying in the cold night outside the Cook County morgue…” 

A father of four children, Flisk was the sixth Chicago police officer killed in 2010. 

Police officials report that Flisk was dispatched to the 8100 block of S. Burnham Avenue to investigate a burglary, which was reported around noon.  Upon arrival, the evidence technician met Stephen Peters, a former officer with the Chicago Housing Authority, who had reported a garage entry.  Around 1:30 p.m., witnesses heard gunshots.  When back-up officers arrived, they found Flisk and Peters dead in an alley. 

“There hasn’t been a year this bad since the 1960s,” Mark Donahue, the President of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police, told the Chicago Tribune.

Even though the details of these three slayings remain imprecise, it is clear that Chicago crime is out of control.  In a recent interview with WBBM radio, former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson noted that suppressing the windy city’s ever expanding gang problem  is likely the number one issue in the upcoming Chicago mayoral election. 

But how many officers must die before Chicago’s political leaders decide to take the gloves off? 

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Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the the author of Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.  Spingola also travels to present The Psychology of Homicide, a riveting program concerning high-profile homicide investigations, to groups and organizations.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010


The Honeybee Shooter Case: Circumstance or Coincidence?

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Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the the author of Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.  Spingola also travels to present The Psychology of Homicide, a riveting program concerning high-profile homicide investigations, to groups and organizations.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010


When Justice is as Blind as its Witnesses

To read this article, purchase The Best of the Spingola Files, coming to Amazon.com’s Kindle in January 2012.

Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the author of Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders and The Killer in Our Midst: the Case of Milwaukee’s North Side Strangler.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010