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MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MYSTERY WRITER BLAMED ON MYSTERY MILITIA
"Round Up the Usual Suspects." ------------------------------
A CN reader sent the following item; I'm not sure if it's an AP, Reuters, or whatever story: Police probe mystery writer's mysterious death 4:42pm EST, 12/10/96.
CHICAGO - A mystery writer found hanging by a rope outside his office window may have committed suicide, police said Tuesday, although friends said he may have been threatened by militia groups.
Eugene Izzi, 43, who had written a dozen little-known mysteries including one made into a television movie, was found Saturday morning hanging by a thick rope outside a 14th floor downtown office building.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported in a front-page story headlined "Novelist's Hanging a Whodunit" that Izzi's body was clad in a bullet-proof vest and his pockets contained notes referring to telephoned threats from militia groups.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed friend as saying Chicago-born Izzi may have infiltrated a militia group to research a future novel and run afoul of the group's rules.
"Officially, it's a death investigation," a police spokesman said. "He's gotten more notoriety in death than he ever did in life."
The spokesman said bruises on Izzi's face and body may have come from his lifeless body banging against the building for a couple of hours before it was found. But police were looking at computer discs and other material recovered from Izzi's ransacked office for clues to his death.
Chicago investigator Sherman Skolnick contends that blame for Izzi's death is being shoved in the direction of the populist militias, to cover up what is actually a Chicago Police Department murder squad. Mr. Skolnick, with decades of experience on such matters, says that there is a group of white policemen in the Chicago P.D. who routinely murder outspoken blacks. Izzi, a black author, was, according to Skolnick, an expert on police corruption, racial matters, and murder squads and apparently had written a book (said to be due out in April 1997) which may have upset some person or persons. After discussing the matter with low-level television journalists, Skolnick discovered that the alleged police murder squad angle to the story is being killed by higher ups of at least one network. "Is the FBI leaning on the TV stations?" he wonders.
Some readers may have trouble incorporating the concept of certain police personnel as murderers. Yet it was not so long ago in Chicago that a white policeman blatantly shot a black homeless person in that city. Recall that around the summer of 1995 a white Chicago police officer was leaving a tavern with his black mistress, when they were approached by a homeless black man. Some disagreement ensued and the off-duty policeman went to the trunk of his car, pulled out a pistol, shot the homeless man point-blank in the face, then calmly drove off with his mistress.
Here is a relevant portion from Mr. Skolnick's latest recorded message (312-731-1100):
A Chicago-based murder mystery writer, Eugene Izzi, had uncovered data showing there was a Chicago Police murder squad that went around killing political activists, especially blacks. Some of their targets were the lawyers of litigants in the City Hall [Shackman related] cases. (A large number of the city workers are blacks.)
On December 7th, 1996, Izzi was found hanging by a rope from an open window of a 13th-floor office on a main street of Chicago: North Michigan Avenue. Izzi was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, brass knuckles in his pocket, and a can of disabling spray.
To cover up the Chicago Police assassination squad, local authorities told the pressfakers that faraway militia units were implicated in the strange apparent murder. Oh yeah??
The apparent discrepancy between mention of Izzi's 14th-floor office vs. 13th-floor office is resolved by the common practice of not actually labeling the 13th floor as such; i.e., floors are often numbered 11, 12, then 14, with the 13th floor not actually named as such.
Some readers may also recall a piece done within the past year or two on PBS (probably on Frontline), showing victims of torture which occurred in one Chicago police district. It was claimed that torture was often used on suspects in that district so as to obtain "confessions."
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