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  • Legal eagles, criminals and victims

    Legal eagles, criminals and victims Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, 75; oldest son of the late New York crime boss Joe Bonanno and author of a book about growing up in a Mafia family (Jan. 1) Christian Brando, 49; son of acting legend Marlon Brando who was...
  • Unfinished business

    TWO WEEKS AGO, the House of Representatives voted 422 to 2 to pass a bill called the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. It would authorize up to $13.5 million a year in new federal spending for investigations into "cold case" killings like...
  • The Mississippi Delta's Health Care Blues

    The Mississippi Delta's Health Care Blues
    This crumbling Delta town, set amid cotton fields, abandoned railroad tracks and cypress-studded bayous, is a hard place. So hard that the plaintive sound of a local musician drawing a knife blade across the strings of his guitar gave birth to the...
  • Estimated 300 bodies displaced in Burr Oak Cemetery scheme

    Estimated 300 bodies displaced in Burr Oak Cemetery scheme
    ( WGN-AM)- Four people have been charged after authorities discovered that dozens of bodies had been dug up at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip and the grave sites illegally resold. Each was charged with one count of dismembering a human body, a...
  • Suspects Charged In Burr Oak Plot Receiving Protection In Jail

    (WGN-AM)- The four cemetery employees charged in the alleged scheme to dig up bodies and illegally resell their grave sites have been moved into a special section of Cook County Jail to avoid serious injury from other inmates, Sheriff Tom Dart said this...
  • Emmett Till's Casket Found In Burr Oak Storage Area

    Emmett Till's Casket Found In Burr Oak Storage Area
    (WGN-AM)- It wasn't until early Friday morning that Simeon Wright, the cousin of civil rights icon Emmett Till, learned that his relative's former casket had been tossed aside, neglected and rusted in a back storage room at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip....
  • Cops: Cemetery Workers Dug Up Bodies, Resold Plots

    Cops: Cemetery Workers Dug Up Bodies, Resold Plots
    ALSIP, Ill. -- Thousands of relatives hoping to find their loved ones showed up Saturday as officials exhumed one grave in a cemetery where four former employees are accused of digging up and dumping hundreds of bodies in a scheme to resell plots. One...
  • Burr Oak Planned to Sell $22,000 Plots Near Till Family

    (WGN-AM)- Officials at Burr Oak Cemetery planned to sell plots to people wishing to be buried near the casket of Emmett Till and his family for up to $22,000, authorities said. During the investigation into Burr Oak, officials discovered fliers in an...
  • February 19 - Author Simeon Wright

    February 19 - Author Simeon Wright
    Simeon Wright was only 12 when his teenage cousin, Emmett Till, was kidnapped from Wright's Mississippi home on August 28, 1955. A witness to the events leading up to and following that dreadful night, Wright saw his cousin's violent murder become a...
  • Black History Month - The Ballad of Emmett Till

    FOUNTAIN'S 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON opens with the WEST COAST PREMIERE of "THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL" in celebration of Black History Month . The Ballad of Emmett Till - Part history, part mystery and part ghost story, Ifa Bayeza's lyrical integration of...
  • Alsip: A starter spot where families tend to stay

    Alsip: A starter spot where families tend to stay
    On a recent sweltering day, the Aquatic Park in Alsip was packed with kids and adults splashing in the pool and soaking up the sun. The inviting oasis, which includes the outdoor pool, mushroom fountain for youngsters, playground and tanning hill, is...