Sunday, April 17, 2011

Interesting Hobby

  • Even on his days off from working overnights for the Chicago police, John Lewison usually stayed up through the night and slept during the day.

    It was often early in the morning, after having his fill of CNN, that he turned to a hobby of sorts. Sprawled on a couch in his North Side home in a T-shirt and sweatpants, Lewison tried to unravel a murder mystery that has mystified law enforcement and crime buffs for decades: the identity of the Zodiac killer, who is believed responsible for at least five homicides that terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s.

    Lewison, who has risen to lieutenant in nearly 25 years with the department, thinks he’s come up with a solution to one of a series of coded messages the serial killer sent along with taunting letters to the news media. The cryptograms, composed of alphabetic, mathematical and astrological symbols, are thought likely to contain vital information about the suspect.
We thought Clint Eastwood solved this one back in the day?

It's an interesting article and definitely an interesting hobby of sorts. It's certainly a welcome change of pace from the stuff one usually sees in the media lately and it would be fun to see the Chicago Police solve a California based serial killing.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job John,now maybe you could investigate why the police dept exempt ranks keep throwing the coppers under the bus!

4/17/2011 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to read about the best boss in 16!

4/17/2011 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arthur Leigh Allen was at least one of the killers. His DNA doesn't match the envelopes??? All that means is he was smart enough to know that it might matter one day. He may have had help but simple google searches will show that HE is DEEPLY involved.

4/17/2011 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous A former 1st Watch sergeant said...

Lt. Lewison is very knowledgeable watch commander, an animated joke and story teller and a great man to work for. Congrats, John!

4/17/2011 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know John, he's a really cool guy. One of the few bosses it's nice to be around. Hope he nails it

4/17/2011 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Lt better cut it out. He's going to make that crystal ball unit look like fools.

4/17/2011 01:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I hope he's right and it gives the feds some help on the case.
There'll be negative comments and 'get a life' stuff, I suppose, but the guy is playing a real life game of Sudoku and doing something potentially VERY worthwhile. Kudos.

4/17/2011 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous WHODUNNIT? said...

Big deal... he thinks he’s come up with a solution to one of a series of coded messages the serial killer sent.

I solved this one decades ago.

The butler did it with the candlestick in the zodiac section of the library!

4/17/2011 03:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey lt how about trying to solve some unsolved Chicago cases

4/17/2011 05:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and there you go, John Lewison, one of the nicest, smartest and compassionate bosses on this job, and where is he?....always promoted on his own and never even a carrot dangled in front of him for a "lead" position on this department....just show to go ya.

JL for Superintendent!!!!!!!!!!

4/17/2011 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JK and his wife and of the nicest people I've met in my life, let alone the job. God bless you too!

4/17/2011 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous This is ZODIAC said...

I still treasure the sweet memories of Vallejo, Lake Berryessa and Presidio Heights (SFPD Officers Zelms and Fouke have to be the dumbest cops ever. They could have caught me red-handed after I murdered cab driver Stine).

Until a few years ago, I stayed in motels near the Great Highway and Sloat Blvd. under assumed names. I visited the Zoo several times a week. While I still get that urge, I'm now in my 70's and have "retired" to Napa wine country where I enjoy sinsemilla and pinot noir. I'm too long in the tooth for San Quentin.

Before we drive to Sausalito for a hearty Sunday breakfast, I leave my final message for the cryptolgists:


4/17/2011 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Lieutenant is a prince to work for. Not many left. Congratulations. Now promote him.

4/17/2011 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's going to make the CBU look like fools' Whoop's too late.....

4/17/2011 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best bosses on this job!!! A true pleasure to work for and with.

4/17/2011 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Lewison is probably one of the most knowledgeable supervisors on this job. I worked for him when he was a sgt in 011 on midnights. He took the supervisory skills he learned from good bosses like Lt. Lendino and John Dahlberg who were the watch commanders at the time and parlayed them in to his method of supervising. Lewison was/ is very approachable and was/is always willing to lend some insight on whatever situation came up during our patrol. Good luck John I hope you really crack this code. JM

4/17/2011 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he ought to try a few Chicago mysteries we got a shit load over in the VC and PC offices.

4/17/2011 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Lt! Now, instead of wasting your time trying to solve murders that are 30 years old and not from Chicago, try to find whoever is damaging all the city cars and stealing light bars in 016 on midnights!

4/17/2011 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hillard didn't end crystal ball unit , patrolman receiving commanders pay , cpd needs a supt
with some b---s to end the wasted
money , hire civilians for clerical duties

4/17/2011 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a movie already. It was OK. Too bad that ass hole didn't happen upon someone with a pistol. Go NRA.

4/17/2011 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John is a good person and has always been concerned about the well being of the cops who worked for him. He worked for years in 011 and could give a shit about the statistics and other bullshit that most bosses today gladly sacrifice their people for. John saw the writing on the wall years before cops started getting charged just for doing their job. Instead of concerning himself with statistics and advancement, his concern as a boss was you, the cop who worked for him. A quality that is woefully lacking in today's crop of supervisors.

4/17/2011 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOhn was a Sgt in 011. All he cared about was making sure his guys and gals were safe...both on the street and paper. Good msn who earned his position.
Go get em John....

4/17/2011 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt. Lewison is a good boss. Treats people like "people" Unlike most of our so called bosses. Good for you LT!!!

4/17/2011 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember meeting John as we would roll up on jobs near the boarder of 013 and 014. A sharp, energetic, working policeman with a sense of humor. Obviously, too sharp to be an exempt member on this Department.

4/17/2011 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know there's some type of cryptogram posted on the FBI website asking for help ... I can't imagine it is this one, this one must have been around for awhile

4/17/2011 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly says.."at least its not UFOs"

4/17/2011 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's definitely approaching it the right way.

Pick it upart in small pieces, in short sessions, put it down and come back to it, like you would a crossword puzzle.

4/17/2011 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't matter in Crook County. They can't try any type of circumstantial case, ever!

4/17/2011 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice! Maybe he can solve the Koschman case after he clears this.

4/17/2011 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous San Francisco P.D. said...

8:41 AM

In the initial broadcast of the shooting of cab driver Paul Stine near the Presidio, dispatch described the lone shooter as a male black. En route, Officers Donald Fouke and Eric Zelms briefly stopped a male white and continued to the scene.

It was only after they arrived that they learned from witnesses that Zodiac was actually a male white. They retraced their route and were unable to locate who may well have been Zodiac.

Less than 3 months later, Officer Zelms was shot and killed in the line-of-duty by burglars. Rest in peace.

4/17/2011 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I have known Lt. Lewison for over 20 years. He is an excellent manager and person. He knows when to drop the hammer and when to let things play out,a true professional. His beautiful wife Kelly is just as nice as he is. Congratulations on being recognized John.
p.s. I still have the polaroid

4/17/2011 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hat!!!

Those who worked with John in 011 should remember that salutation...

Sweet Jesus what a rock solid crew that was.

Dahlberg, Lendino, The Hat, Mulligan...

There were a bunch of long faces when Dahlberg got too bad off to return. Hoping he's still in the land of the living and richly enjoying retirement...

The problems began when they started sending "never been the Police" fast tracked for a gold star Lieutenants to mids in 011 to give them some "seasoning" just so they would be able to put "I worked the ghetto" on their resume.

"You guys in 011 need to be whipped in shape"

Anybody remember the "black widow?" Disappear after roll call until 0600then started bothering coppers who had been running all night long just so she could backfill (falsify) her log?
But since she was a lawyer (hah! huh?) she was special. Ain't dat right Dana?

"Gee, is it always like this in 011?" O_o

At any rate...

Hats off to "The Hat!"

A gent and way too smart to take the Gold Star. Wouldn't be surprised if it was offered and he wisely declined.

4/17/2011 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey will you guys stop raving about what a great boss this guy will just cause the exempts to fuck him.

4/17/2011 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his wife kelly is also a great sgt

4/17/2011 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There goes our next Supt. of Police!

4/17/2011 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is always good to see someone who still enjoys this job, as do I.

4/17/2011 09:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt Lewison is the best. Now if he can only figure out what is in capt Kolman's head.

4/18/2011 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone asked in this blog why not have him solve some of the Chicago cold cases. I have some experience with this type of cold investigation. There are "bosses' (and many theat were and still are on this job that would SHIT IN THEIR PANTS if an officer of detective brought this type of investigation to them. You would be upsetting their apple cart. There is no imagination in the upper ranks of the CPD, just the "go along bullshit that they thrive on. John Lewison did the right thing, a good hobby that the CPD whores cannot interfere with, nice work Lt. and good luck.

4/18/2011 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't matter in Crook County. They can't try any type of circumstantial case, ever!


well your totally right but this case is out west

4/18/2011 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that Zodiac post is bullshit. I just came back from Sausalito and unless your idea of a hearty Sunday breakfast is tofu and melon or granola on dry oatmeal, you're shit out of luck there buddy. Head to San Rafael for the good eats.

4/26/2011 07:05:00 PM  

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