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
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*
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