Homicide Rate About to Climb
- As construction gets underway on a stretch of Oak Park Avenue on Chicago's Northwest Side, city workers may uncover thousands of bodies buried in the area.
Many forgotten souls were buried in the Dunning neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th century, according to cemetery researcher Barry Fleig.
Fleig, who is the former cemetery chairman for the Chicago Genealogical Society, said beginning in 1890 up to 10,000 bodies were buried in the area. The land once housed the Cook County Almshouse, a county insane asylum, a tuberculosis hospital and a potter's field that eventually became Cook County Cemetery. There, the city buried the poor, crime victims who could not be identified, those who died at hospitals and some criminals, often without official documentation.
We expect vigorous, exhaustive investigations and prosecutions. Society insists that justice, no matter how long delayed, must be fulfilled. Maybe the clearance rate could be boosted, too?
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