Archive for February, 2012

Conviction in Phoenix Bombing Connects the Loose-Ends

To view this article, checkout Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You coming to Amazon.com in December 2012.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


 

 


[1] Meyers, Amanada L. “Dennis Mahon Guilty and Daniel Mahon Acquitted in White Supremacist Bombing Trial.” Huffingtonpost.com. February 25, 2012.  25 Feb. 2012.    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/25/dennis-mahon-guilty_n_1300915.html

[2] Meyers, Amanda L. “Victim of Ariz. Bombing Gives Emotional Testimony.” February 1, 2012.  25 Feb. 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/25/dennis-mahon-guilty_n_1300915.html

[3] White Supremacist Convicted of Phoenix Bomb Attack. Dailymail.co.uk. February 25, 2012.  25 Feb. 2012.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106343/Dennis-Mahon-trial-White-supremacist-convicted-Phoenix-bomb-attack.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

[4] Shook, S., Delano, W. & Balch, W. Elohim City: a Participant-Observer Study of a Christian Identity Community.  Nova Religion.

[5] Michel, L. & Herbeck, D. American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing. New York, NY. Regan Books, 2001.

[6] Jones S. & Israel, P. Others Unknown: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing Conspiracy.

New York, NY. Perseus Books, 1998.

[7] “Where there More OKC Conspirators? The Elohim City Connection.” Law2.umkc.edu. 25 Feb. 2012. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/mcveigh/moreconspirators.html

[8] “Neo-Nazis Arrested in Mail Bombing.” Splc.org. Winter 2009.  25 Feb. 2012. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2009/winter/domestic-terrorism-0

[9] Gubbe, Richard S. “Editorial: Ron Paul Speaks Out, wants to Repeal Part of Defense Authorization Act.” Rockrivertimes.com. February 1, 2012. 25 Feb. 2012. http://rockrivertimes.com/2012/02/01/editorial-ron-paul-speaks-out-wants-to-repeal-part-of-defense-authorization-act/


Digging-Up the Past: Attorneys Claim Gacy had Accomplices

Did John Wayne Gacy, the infamous masochistic serial killer of 33, act alone during his rampages in the 1970s? Two Chicago area defense attorneys, Robert Stephenson and Steven Becker, believe Gacy had an accomplice in at least three of the slayings[1]. These new allegations stem from an examination of Gacy’s travel records and the statement of one victim, who told investigators that another man was present as Gacy raped him prior to his escape.

 While in jail, Gacy told investigators that he was out of state when 16 of the 33 victims disappeared.  Yet  a total of 29 bodies were later discovered on his property—26 in the crawl space of his home, one under the floor of his garage, another under a barbecue pit, and a a stray below the joists to his living room[2]. After bodies saturated his property, Gacy dumped the remains of at least four others into the Des Plains River.

Attorneys Stephenson and Becker note that one of the suspected accomplices has passed away, but two men possibly parties to the crimes are still living.  “I definitely would not dismiss what they have said. It’s not out of left field. It’s well thought out,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a former high-ranking commander with the Chicago Police Department, told MSNBC.com.

In today’s edition, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that a former girlfriend of a Gacy “pal” told police that her former boyfriend explained that he had dug trenches in Gacy’s crawl space and even new where some of the bodies were buried[3].

Illinois put Gacy to death by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.  Initially, his executioners botched the injection when an IV clogged.  The blinds to the death chamber closed for about ten minutes, at which time the deadly chemical was administered with a new IV[4]. A hardcore, unremorseful psychopath, witnesses report that Gacy’s last words were, “Kiss my ass.”[5]

It will certainly be interesting to see where this new information leads criminal investigators from Cook County.  Gacy often tortured his victims.  As investigators dug-up the crawl space to Gacy’s home, many of the remains still had ligatures around their necks.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


 


[1] Pujol, Rolando. “John Wayne Gacy May have had Accomplices.” Nydailynews.com. February 11, 2012.  16 Feb. 2012. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-11/news/31048190_1_john-wayne-gacy-killer-clown-accomplices

[2] Sullivan, T & Maiken, P.  Killer Clown: the John Wayne Gacy Murders.  Windsor Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1983.

[3] Main, Frank. “Women Tell of Links Between Gacy Friend and Victim.” Suntimes.com. February 17, 2012. 17 Feb. 2012. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/10683881-418/women-tell-of-links-between-gacy-friend-and-victim.html

[4] “Serial Killer Executed by Injection in Illinois.” DesecretNews.com. May 10, 1994.  17 Feb. 2012. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/352327/SERIAL-KILLER-EXECUTED-BY-INJECTION-IN-ILLINOIS.html?s_cid=s10

[5] “Movie, Documentary Could be Adapted from Book by Gacy Lawyer.” Chicaco.cbslocal.com. December 21, 2011.  17 Feb. 2012.  http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/12/21/movie-documentary-could-be-adapted-from-book-by-gacys-lawyer/


Cities Looking to Milwaukee for Answers Need to Check the Right Places

As far as criminology is concerned, we live in interesting times.  While cities like New York and Milwaukee are experiencing significant decreases in crime, political leaders in Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans are searching for answers.

In Chicago, the 2011 homicide clearance rate was just 30 percent.[1] In some police districts on the Windy City’s south and west sides, the crime rate has skyrocketed to the point where Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked for and is receiving assistance from federal law enforcement agencies.[2]

While the population of New Orleans is about half that of Milwaukee’s its homicide rate is more than double that of the brew city’s.[3] Yet New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu—a member of a family long associated with the Louisiana’s Democrat Party machine—is making a mistake by looking to Milwaukee’s Homicide Review Commission for answers. In about an hour, a solid Milwaukee street cop could reach the same conclusions as this commission and save taxpayers $500,000. Instead, Mayor Landrieu should take an in-depth look at the Milwaukee Police Department’s—past and present—policing strategies.

Historically, many of Milwaukee’s policing strategies are very similar to those of New York City’s, where both crime and incarceration rates have declined—the ultimate win-win for victims and taxpayers. In his book, The City that Became Safe, Franklin Zimring notes, “The 20-year adventure in New York City, was, to be sure, a demonstration project of effective policing, but it was much more than that. It was a demonstration that individual and aggregate crime rates can change substantially over time without removing or incarcerating a larger number of active offenders.”[4]

So what is driving crime rates down in New York City while incarceration rates are also decreasing? Zimring believes it is the NYPD’s aggressive stop and frisk policing model.

Regardless of what Milwaukee Magazine claims[5], the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) has had a long history of proactive policing programs.  In the early 1990s, District Two initiated a highly successful Directed Patrol Mission (DPM) to suppress gang activity. In the late 1990s, District Five used its neighborhood patrol staff to target drug and gang activity. In 1996, the old Gang Crimes Unit, which comprised just 3.3 percent of the MPD’s complement of sworn personnel, took over 3,100 guns off the street, while the Vice Control Division targeted drug dealers citywide. Around the turn of the century, District Three’s special units dramatically reduced violent crime in the Metcalfe Park area.

Retired Milwaukee Police Department Captain Glenn Frankovis had an active hand in many of these district initiatives, long before university professors deemed aggressive proactive policing strategies hip-and-trendy.  Police can disrupt violent crime through policing strategies that hobble criminal organizations with a thousand cuts. Like any legitimate business, if key personnel of a criminal gang are unavailable an organization’s effectiveness decreases.

Yet long-term incarceration rates do have an overall affect on the violent crime rate. This is where criminologists, prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officials need to have a serious discussion about what type of individuals occupy prison beds.  While the U.S. accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, America incarcerates 25 percent of the entire world’s inmates.[6] With the federal government running trillion dollar annual deficits and many state budgets in tatters, public safety officials need to ensure that prison beds be reserved for violent offenders, which should include those who traffic hard drugs.

A 1994 study of the prison population notes that “over half the offenders” sent to Wisconsin prisons each year committed property offenses.[7] Many of these offenders receive prison sentences for crimes committed in low-crime jurisdictions, which means other, more violent offenders get released to half-way houses or other non-traditional prison settings to make room for property offenders.

While officials in Detroit, Chicago, and New Orleans continue to scratch their heads, all Wisconsin needs is a little tweaking.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


[1] “Only 30 Percent of Last Year’s Murders have been Solved.” CBSChicago.com, January 25, 2012. 10             Feb. 2012. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/25/only-30-percent-of-last-years-murders-have- been-solved/

[2] “Federal Agents to Assist Police in Fighting Crime on South, West Side.” CBSChicago.com, February 10,    2012. 10 Feb. 2012.  http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/10/federal-agents-to-assist-police-in- fighting-crime-on-south-west-side/

[3] “Mayor Landrieu Unveils Plan to Reduce Murder Rate.” wwltv.com. November 22, 2011. 10 Feb. 2012. http://www.wwltv.com/news/crime/Mayor-Landrieu-Unveils-Plan-to-Reduce-Murder-Rate-134362043.html

[4] Zimring, Franklin E. The City that Became Safe, New York, NY. Oxford Press, 2012.

[5] Bamberger, Tom.  “Street Smarts.” InsideMilwaukee.com. January 23, 2012.  10 Feb. 2012.                 http://www.insidemilwaukee.com/Article/1232012-StreetSmarts

[6] Talvi, Silja J.A. (2007). Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S Prison System. Los    Angles. California: Seal Press. pp. xv.

[7] DiIjlio, John & Mitchell, George. “Who Really Goes to Prison in Wisconsin.” The Wisconsin Policy Institute Inc. Milwaukee, WI, April 1996.


One Woman’s Willingness to Stand-Up to Orwellian ID Act

To view this article, please checkout Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, available exclusively at Amazon.com in December of 2012.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012