Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Trial Continues

  • A member of a violent Chicago drug-trafficking crew told a federal jury Monday that he carried out kidnappings, robberies and home invasions with the help of a Chicago police officer who wore his police star and a protective vest during the crimes.

    Fares Umar testified that he first paired up with Glenn Lewellen, a former cop who is on trial on federal racketeering and conspiracy charges, on a kidnapping on Sept. 11, 2001. In subsequent kidnappings, Umar said, he tried to look the part of cop by donning a blue windbreaker. But it was Lewellen who took the lead, he said.
Honest to god, we have no idea what the alleged attraction might be to assist dope dealers, home invaders or run your own robbery/burglary/jewel theft ring. You get caught way more often than not and then there's the Federal time you end up doing away from friends, family and everything you've known your entire life.

These accomplices are always going to rat you out - you're the ace-in-the-hole. We have yet to meet a prosecutor at any level who wouldn't make a deal with every sort of scumbag if they knew there was a dirty cop at the end of the line somewhere.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC,

You guessed right on this one and a few more. They are still coming, there are a few more federal cases in the pipeline for dirty cops that decided that HI's and false warrants were the way to make $$$.

Sty straight and keep your integrity about you!

Nothing is worth losing your job, family and freedom!

11/29/2011 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are more than a few CPD members in respectable positions, within the department that are being eyed for their past involvements in rippoff's/burns.


Remember the FEDS work slowly boys!

11/29/2011 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Honest to god, we have no idea what the alleged attraction might be to assist dope dealers, home invaders or run your own robbery/burglary/jewel theft ring"

$$$ For starters, there's also a subset of Police Officers who get their rocks off running w/ the criminal element.
Arrogant Aholes to the end, Miedzianowski comes to mind

11/29/2011 01:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Gacy had something on a cop, they would have let him walk.

11/29/2011 02:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know how you hear about a corrupt cop and you say to yourself I knew something wasn't right with him/her? Glen wasn't one you would peg as being that way. I guess he was good at what he did. Until now.

11/29/2011 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only think the easy money is the main attraction. Also most cops who do this sort of thing really believe they can get away with it. Cops make the worst crooks.

11/29/2011 03:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of bad publicity, how does this active firefighter charged with robbery, and a rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests still have a freaking job with the city? What a joke. Different rules for different people.

11/29/2011 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of bad publicity, how does this active firefighter charged with robbery, and a rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests still have a freaking job with the city? What a joke. Different rules for different people.

11/29/2011 05:27:00 AM

Why don't you name him so the troll media can pick up the story then?

11/29/2011 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This begs the question--Did these dirty coppers come on the job with that mindset or did they turn bad on the job? Nature vs. nurture? Chicken or egg? Maybe a little of both creates the perfect storm?

I like sleeping at night, so I don't do anything I'm not supposed to be doing. I'll bet all of those who have done shit they could go to jail for are losing a lot of sleep.

Not worth it. They take Medzianowski (sp?) to and from the yard for his hour a day in a cage on wheels. Like an animal. Is it worth it?

And this is soooo different from what Cozzi did. He did what he did to control a prisoner/set him straight to avert future problems in the hospital to help the hospital staff, not because he liked to beat people, or did it for personal gain.

These fucks did it because they were greedy.

11/29/2011 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic: The elder Castro has been arrested about a dozen times between 1985 and 2011 but does not have any convictions on his record, records show. He is a 20-year Chicago Fire Department with a yearly salary of $79,926, according to city records.

All I can say is Wow a dozwn times This is something A Chicago Cop do this and his ass is shown the door.

11/29/2011 05:53:00 AM  
Blogger detnick36 said...

"Anonymous said...
I can only think the easy money is the main attraction. Also most cops who do this sort of thing really believe they can get away with it. Cops make the worst crooks.

11/29/2011 03:52:00 AM"

I suppose we could lay it off on the money aspect. We could also agree that some folks that come on this job think the "television and movie" version of being a cop is the way to go. You know the kind . . . danger around every corner, always got your hand on your weapon, hanging out undercover with the bad guys/dope boys/gangbangers, being the baddest guy around ala "Miami Vice", Crockett and Tubbs, always looking to stomp a hole in someone's ass just because you think you can, always believing that your smarter than the average copper . . .

In my opinion it comes down to having a moral compass, knowing the difference between right and wrong and being unwilling to cross the line - no matter how great the temptation; it's not being willing to bring disgrace and disrespect to the organization and the people with whom you work; it's being able to recognize that at the end of the day all that matters is your family, both blood and from the job, and those who will be there for you during difficult times; it's adhereing to the oath you took, being a responsible individual who has a personal moral code beyond which he or she will not venture.

All lot of that stuff is idealistic and not anything that could be called tanigble. But it is real, nonetheless, and it should be a part of the reason why you took this job. No one can really regulate your actions each and every day, but yourself. It is incumbent open every copper to try and hold the line against the criminality we swore to fight.

I don't think any of us that have been on this job any period of time can say we don't know someone who has gotten jammed up. We can't say that we have never met or worked near a copper who turned to criminal behavior or rolled like that before he even came on the job. But they are out there - all part of the fabric of this society of which our organization is a microcosim.

We can say, "Yeah, I knew that guy, but I had no idea that he was involved." I've been there myself and know the disappointment that comes with such a discovery. So, all you can say is, "He was a good guy but turned out to be a bad policeman."

We shouldn't try to figure it out - the reasons why. We should just accept that it happens and move on to complete an honorable career and enjoy a much needed retirement.

11/29/2011 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one common thread with crooked cops and all other criminals with some intelligence. They all believe, in their heart of hearts, that they are smarter than everyone else. And after they get away with it the first few times, that feeling gets stronger and stronger until they become arrogant and careless and get caught. They forget about paper trails, bank accounts, snitches and witnesses, video cameras, etc. The need to feed their ego and their pockets eventually does them in. It's a difficult concept for a normal thinking cop to digest. I believe "sociopath" is the proper term.

11/29/2011 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T... Who is this piece of shit firefighter Eduardo Castro Sr???
Tribune says Eduardo Castro Sr., 48and his son, Eduardo Jr., 24, scuffled with Deering District officers while being taken into custody after the Chicago firefighter and his son attacked and robbed a man over the weekend in the city's Bridgeport neighborhood. Now the kicker... The elder Castro has been arrested about a dozen times between 1985 and 2011 but does not have any convictions on his record. He is a 20-year Chicago Fire Department with a yearly salary of $79,926, according to city records. Why the fuck is this shit-hole still employed???

11/29/2011 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For most of us honest cops we wouldn't think twice about doing stupid shit like this. Or what the other two accused police officers did recently by assisting the Mexican drug cartels. You know why for most of us it's not even a consideration? We are honest people and runs in our blood. You know why some of these cops do illegal activities like this? Because they are THUGS wearing our uniform. The THUG AND CRIMINAL attitude also runs in their vein.

11/29/2011 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of bad publicity, how does this active firefighter charged with robbery, and a rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests still have a freaking job with the city? What a joke. Different rules for different people.

11/29/2011 05:27:00 AM

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What you talkin about Willis?

11/29/2011 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but my boys will never rat on me...." "we came up togther..."

11/29/2011 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid is as stupid does.

11/29/2011 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

SCC
I'd say that cops to bad for the same reasons citizens go bad. Bad moral education and lack of impulse control. Thrill-seeking. Money and drugs and sex. Cops are people, and just as some people turn to crime, some cops will.

11/29/2011 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forget most of these people are already gang banging dope dealing p.o.s. before they ever become police.

11/29/2011 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see SCC there is nothing to understand. These asholes were always criminals. Being the police was a disguise. What we should ask is how the fuck did they get on the job in the first place

11/29/2011 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who really cares about this POS. I can't stand to hear that coppers take up with gangbangers, I'm thankful that my 3 grown sons have never ever been arrested, not even a traffic ticket, I don't think I would tolerate a gang banging kid or relative. When coppers make honest mistakes, I'm the first to go to bat for them, but not this scum Lewellen.

11/29/2011 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of bad publicity, how does this active firefighter charged with robbery, and a rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests still have a freaking job with the city? What a joke. Different rules for different people.

11/29/2011 05:27:00 AM

This guy is a huge piece of shit. He shot and killed a gangbanger a few years back and was never arrested for it.
He's way beyond the three strikes and you're out.
An investigative reporter would have a field day looking into how many arrests this prick has had since he's been a fireman.

11/29/2011 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of bad publicity, how does this active firefighter charged with robbery, and a rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests still have a freaking job with the city? What a joke. Different rules for different people.

11/29/2011 05:27:00 AM
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I thought the same thing..he must be tight with the latin faction of the city council!The kid looks like he's 100% shitbird all-the-way!

11/29/2011 01:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knew Glenn in 009...far too much interest in the narc trade...always question the motives of those who choose to "specialize"

11/29/2011 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-former-ald-lyle-appointed-cook-county-judge-20111129,0,7203806.story

oh lord, help us !

11/29/2011 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glen wasn't one you would peg as being that way. I guess he was good at what he did. Until now.

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I could not agree more. He seemed like a regular hard working guy. Not guilty yet, but it looks bad. Maybe he gets a not guilty. At any rate can everyone, especially you young guys please look at this as a cautionary lesson? You can NEVER TRUST AN INFORMANT OR A DRUG DEALER OR ANY CRIMINAL. Never ever. Summerdale scandal. Marquette 10. Medzianowski. The two goofs from 022. SOS. The guys from Area 5 or 25. The list goes on and on. It's just not worth it.

If you start thinking about doing some shit, go to any gas station. Go in the bathroom and lock the door. That's what you will have with the toilet, sink and a bunk. Imagine being in there 18-20 hours a day for 10 or 20 or 30 years. WTF could be worth that?

11/29/2011 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know how you hear about a corrupt cop and you say to yourself I knew something wasn't right with him/her? Glen wasn't one you would peg as being that way. I guess he was good at what he did. Until now.
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You are right. He isn't that way. Just wait till the trial continues and you will see. The feds fucked this one up real bad.

11/29/2011 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of bad publicity, how does this active firefighter charged with robbery, and a rap sheet with at least a dozen arrests still have a freaking job with the city? What a joke. Different rules for different people.

11/29/2011 05:27:00 AM

Why don't you name him so the troll media can pick up the story then?

11/29/2011 05:44:00 AM

OK his name is Eduardo Castro. It's already all over the news. Pick up a paper or go-online, you can read it yourself. Take a step out of moms basement and enter the real world. There is a lot out there to see.

11/29/2011 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

O.T... Who is this piece of shit firefighter Eduardo Castro Sr???
Tribune says Eduardo Castro Sr., 48and his son, Eduardo Jr., 24, scuffled with Deering District officers while being taken into custody after the Chicago firefighter and his son attacked and robbed a man over the weekend in the city's Bridgeport neighborhood. Now the kicker... The elder Castro has been arrested about a dozen times between 1985 and 2011 but does not have any convictions on his record. He is a 20-year Chicago Fire Department with a yearly salary of $79,926, according to city records. Why the fuck is this shit-hole still employed???

11/29/2011 07:05:00 AM


Don't CFD members have dental insurance?

Has anyone looked at that Castro kid's picture and teeth? Holy fuck, looks like something out of the tribal third world.

11/29/2011 05:17:00 PM  
Blogger detnick36 said...

Does anyone know where this guy worked over the years? The name sounds familiar and I'm trying to determine if I know him or have worked with him some time in my career.

11/29/2011 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A member of a violent Chicago drug-trafficking crew told a federal jury Monday that he carried out kidnappings, robberies and home invasions with the help of a Chicago police officer who wore his police star and a protective vest during the crimes."

Like one gentleman here said, this s__t puts you standing on a rickety trap door at the mercy of a scumbag criminal who will pull the lever on you, your family, your whole life to save himself the first time they look at him hard.

"DO. NOT. GO. THERE. EVER."

Amen.

11/29/2011 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that race only comes up when it is a minority copper that gets busted... a lot of racial comments, but when non minority, only attack is on character... ashamed to call some of you my Brothers in Blue, just a small few... to those of you who give the respect everyone of us deserves, regardless of skin color, thank you.

11/29/2011 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Retired Guy Here;
All Good Comments.

11/29/2011 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think these guys would have learned a lesson after 22nd officers dorniak and shamah got slammed by the feds and well deserved what they got for making us look bad.

11/29/2011 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This begs the question--Did these dirty coppers come on the job with that mindset or did they turn bad on the job? Nature vs. nurture? Chicken or egg? Maybe a little of both creates the perfect storm?

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Please look up the meaning of the phrase " begs the question." It is nothing like you apparently think it is.

11/29/2011 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

@Anonymous (Comment 34): Everyone nowadays thinks "begs the question" means "raises the question." I'm a freakin' English professor and I've given up on it, so let it go.

And this is one of the great comments threads ever. Almost no BS, lots of insight into the morality and consequences of going bad on the job.

11/29/2011 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for those decent comments from those who knew Glenn. I too thought he was a well liked, hard working, respectful officer and have been shocked by this. I hope you are right that the G is full of crap. Those of us who worked in 189 back in the day know how well the feds and ausa can put a case on anyone when they really want to - because they think they are above the law.

11/29/2011 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O/T but speaking of criminals:

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed former Chicago Ald. Freddrenna Lyle as a Cook County Circuit Court judge to fill a vacancy.

Lyle, the former 6th Ward alderman, will serve until next year’s elections determine a replacement for Judge Michael Stuttley, who retired earlier this year.

God help the P.O. who has their case go up in front of this hack. F-ing joke!!! The communities in the 6th Ward include Englewood, Park Manor, Greater Grand Crossing, Woodlawn, Chatham, Chesterfield, West Chesterfield, and Roseland Heights. You think she isn't going to remember her constituants when they are brought before her by the big bad oppressive po-lice-es? Why even bother anymore? 1st and the 16th until the storm passes.

11/29/2011 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why is it that race only comes up when it is a minority copper that gets busted... a lot of racial comments, but when non minority, only attack is on character... ashamed to call some of you my Brothers in Blue, just a small few... to those of you who give the respect everyone of us deserves, regardless of skin color, thank you."

It's twofold;

1) Minorities in the United States commit a disproportionate amount of crime. Argue what you will about the reasons behind that.

2) To get hired as a white male, you have to compete for your job. To get hired as a minority officer, your odds are better and you may not be judged by the same standard a white officer would be judged by. Excuses are allowed for past indiscretions.

I would add, it's not a race issue, it's a culture issue. People straight from Africa come to this country and succeed. Why are the people of African ancestry already here so far behind?

11/29/2011 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Why is it that race only comes up when it is a minority copper that gets busted... a lot of racial comments, but when non minority, only attack is on character... ashamed to call some of you my Brothers in Blue, just a small few... to those of you who give the respect everyone of us deserves, regardless of skin color, thank you.

11/29/2011 06:53:00 PM

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I just read the entire thread and I didn't see race mentioned even once.

What the fuck are you talking about? You got voices in your fucking head or what>

11/29/2011 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that race only comes up when it is a minority copper that gets busted... a lot of racial comments, but when non minority, only attack is on character... ashamed to call some of you my Brothers in Blue, just a small few... to those of you who give the respect everyone of us deserves, regardless of skin color, thank you.

11/29/2011 06:53:00 PM

What color is this guy?

I think the majority of people comment when a black or hispanic police officer is dirty that they are gang affiliated. Really don't think its a race thing as to more of a "background investigation" thing. Cory Flagg was a GD, it was on his arm. That should of been an obvious one to avoid.

11/30/2011 01:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell that to j.w who used to work in 004 but is pregnant by her dope dealing bf so she got a cushy job working at hq. after a foot chase he was caught in 007 by some tact guys with a kilo of coke. who is going to take care of that baby when they both sit in federal prison?

11/30/2011 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would add, it's not a race issue, it's a culture issue. People straight from Africa come to this country and succeed. Why are the people of African ancestry already here so far behind?

11/29/2011 11:44:00 PM

....Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, the Kennedys, the Democratic machine, I could go on.

And to the poster that says he believes the Feds put cases on P.O.s: Really? You really believe the Feds put a case on him?

11/30/2011 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knew Glenn in 009...far too much interest in the narc trade...always question the motives of those who choose to "specialize"

11/29/2011 01:59:00 PM

He was Joe New Guy and immediately walked onto the tact team. He had a big push somewhere, but to most of his peers, he was an enigma and, as the old captain said about a few, "Give him enough rope. He'll make the noose and tighten it all by himself."

11/30/2011 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger detnick36 said...

"Anonymous said...
"Why is it that race only comes up when it is a minority copper that gets busted... a lot of racial comments, but when non minority, only attack is on character... ashamed to call some of you my Brothers in Blue, just a small few... to those of you who give the respect everyone of us deserves, regardless of skin color, thank you."

It's twofold;

1) Minorities in the United States commit a disproportionate amount of crime. Argue what you will about the reasons behind that.

2) To get hired as a white male, you have to compete for your job. To get hired as a minority officer, your odds are better and you may not be judged by the same standard a white officer would be judged by. Excuses are allowed for past indiscretions.

I would add, it's not a race issue, it's a culture issue. People straight from Africa come to this country and succeed. Why are the people of African ancestry already here so far behind?

11/29/2011 11:44:00 PM"

This subject was not raised as a race issue until the other poster mentioned it. He does have a point that most times the majority of respondents on SCC tend to jump off on the race thing when the subject is negative, whether it be about offenders, politicians or police. The common denominator is usually that he is Black or a "minority". That just comes with the territory considering the race of the majority on the job. Having said that, there are still lots of fair minded coppers on here, regardless of race, who don't get caught up in that race-baiting bs. It's counterproductive and irrational. We've got to work together and have done so over the decades, so this crap isn't helping. If you go to work, get your ass in a jam and call a 10-1, are you gonna give shit who rolls - black or white?

As far as the cultural thing . . . I don't disagree. Africans do come here and become successful, whereas many African Americans do not. Your observation may be born out by statistical facts and anecdotal evidence. Many aspects of American culture has done little to improve the plight of many Black in this country. Only those who worked exceedingly hard at whatever goal they sought actually realized some success.

However, that crack about different standards in the hiring of Black and White officers for this job is a throwaway statement. You need to have something more substantial than that, other than having some hard-on for Black folks. When I came on this job the standards were the same. The standards, if you want to go that way, are actually higher for Black folks on a whole lot of levels, not the least of which are intellectual grounds. Next time you decide to post that kind of off-the-wall shit, you might consider actually checking the statistics on the educational background of recruits by race - both pre and post the new hiring standards for Chicago Police officers. Generalities don't cut it.

Before you offer the argument that you don't need a degree to be an effective law enforcement officer, I'll stipulate that I totally agree. But on the other hand you need to define "standards" about coming on this job. Most Black guys I know either had a degree before they came on or got one while they were employed. Our White brothers (a lot of them) had to scramble to get them at Lewis of Chicago State in order to qualify for promotion.

I would suggest that folks don't get so high and mighty about this type of thing. Black and White - both - should stop raising that race issue on here unless it is actually germane to the discussion at hand. Get a life and figure out what the F you're going on this job if all you can do is carry that bs around on-duty and off.

11/30/2011 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2) To get hired as a white male, you have to compete for your job. To get hired as a minority officer, your odds are better and you may not be judged by the same standard a white officer would be judged by. Excuses are allowed for past indiscretions.

With all due respect, are you kidding me?? I am an Hispanic male who scored in the top 10% of the 93'exam. Out of 7400 Well qualified, again, well qualified, I ended up getting hired in late 95' with my number on the list being in the high 3000's... an honor student with a bachelors from North Park college, judged the same way you were, came from a large family in humble park, my 3 other brothers and 4 sisters have never been arrested, never involved with gangs nor would my father have ever put up with that... have been asked many times to submit a package for merit, but response has always been that If I wanted to be a boss would have tested for it ... no 1 has ever given me anything I didn't deserve.. so please, quit playing the victim, don't assume that some if in fact not most of the minorities on this job, haven't earned the right to be here ... because I can give you a whole list of guys that are not minorities that got on the job or got their positions because of the people they knew/know and not because of their abilities ...

11/30/2011 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction from earlier post: , came from a large family in Humbolt Park, (and scored in 600's but was was on list in high 3000's)

11/30/2011 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

. Having said that, there are still lots of fair minded coppers on here, regardless of race, who don't get caught up in that race-baiting bs. It's counterproductive and irrational. We've got to work together and have done so over the decades, so this crap isn't helping. If you go to work, get your ass in a jam and call a 10-1, are you gonna give shit who rolls - black or white?

I applaud and thank you for your statement, I am the Officer that wrote the initial comment on race and the one following your comment... I am a police officer, and have deep respect for all my fellow officers regardless of sex, race, background or social status. Although I know most of the guys on the job do not sure the biased views some officers have expressed on this site, when you see several comments expressing those views, you begin to question what the guy across the seat really thinks of you... I sincerely appreciate your words, it reaffirms my faith in my fellow officers..

11/30/2011 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone really he just picked up this side job after he left the department?

12/02/2011 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Kallacky was a Lieutenant at Narcotics he got into it with Glennot into it over funds going to Glenn instead of his CI's. He gets dumped and ends up in Intelegience. Follow the money-someone was taking care of him.
If I on his team I think I might be worried.

12/02/2011 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he have an abnormally large head? I think I know him if he did.

12/04/2011 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corey Flagg was such a wierdo and his brother Carlton was such a nice guy in SOG. You just never know. I'd love to know how the fuck Corey became a GD with the privileged? fucking background and education he had. I think it stood for Gamma Delta or General Diploma.

12/04/2011 07:59:00 AM  

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