New PDF release: A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath

By Janine Cummins

ISBN-10: 0451210530

ISBN-13: 9780451210531

While my mom and dad packed my brother, sister and me into the family members van and drove us to Missouri for Spring holiday, we introduced our solely imagined city-hardness with us. The not easy fact that we have been approximately to benefit used to be that, actually, we weren't difficult children in any respect. Our existence within the urban had now not ready us for whatever. not anything may possibly arrange us for this.

A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins's tale of an evening in April 1991, while her cousins, Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, have been assaulted at the Chain of Rocks Bridge that spans the Mississippi River simply open air of St. Louis. while, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom controlled to flee the attackers and flag down aid, he idea the nightmare could quickly be over. He couldn't were extra mistaken. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their whole family members have been simply first and foremost of a terrible odyssey during the aftermath of a violent crime, a global of surprising betrayal, never-ending heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was once a tribulation via hearth from which not anyone could emerge unscathed.

It used to be a headline tale within the big apple instances and united states at the present time. It was once coated through courtroom television and profiled at the Ricki Lake exhibit. Now, this is the intimate memoir of a stunning crime and its family's speedy and unforgettable tale of what sufferers can endure lengthy when they can be secure.

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It has not been consulted, nor had any part in formulating any interpretations or scholarly arguments that the author has felt justified in forming from any research materials acquired from the artifact, archival, and photographic collections of the Kankakee County Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the images in this volume appear courtesy of the following: ALPLM—Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum CHM-DN—Chicago History Museum-Chicago Daily News collection HAHSM—Herscher Area Historical Society and Museum KCMPC—Kankakee County Museum Photographic Collection KPL—Kankakee Public Library KCC—Kankakee Community College JR—Jim Ridings collection INTRODUCTION One might think this book is the story of bootleggers and gangsters in Chicago during the 1920s; it is not.

Senate held hearings and decided that Lorimer won his seat by “corrupt practices” and threw him out of office in 1912. Lorimer made his comeback into public life when Big Bill Thompson took office as Chicago’s mayor in 1915, and he helped build the Chicago Republican machine bigger than ever. ) The other political powerhouse in Chicago was Fred Lundin, who started out as a huckster with a patent medicine wagon. He would extol the benefits of his Juniper Ade drink while two African American men with banjos provided music to draw crowds.

After Torrio was seriously wounded in 1925 by gangsters Bugs Moran and three others, he semi-retired and turned over the command of the organization to Al Capone. Capone found a friend and ally in Mayor “Big Bill” Thompson. ) When scandals forced Mayor Thompson to withdraw from the race in 1923, William Dever (pictured) was elected mayor. Dever’s crackdown on gangs had a minor impact on crime in Chicago, but it did cause Capone to look for another sanctuary. Capone went to suburban Cicero and Forest View and took over those towns.

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