Wednesday, May 20, 2015

40 Years Ago

  • Much of what Carolyn Cali-Brick knows about her father comes from faded memorabilia and the brittle, yellowed pages of newspaper clippings.

    Once every 10 years, that picture expands when the “brotherhood” gathers, as it did Tuesday in a Park Ridge church — men with silver or thinning hair, bum knees, and shuffling gaits — to remember Chicago Police Officer Joseph P. Cali.

    “We’re often the ones who receive the brunt of the protesters and the violence, and people seem to forget that police officers are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, children,” said retired Chicago policeman Walter Dudycz, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Cali’s death from a sniper’s bullet. “And this is just a reminder that we are part of the community.”
Dudycz drove Cali to the hospital where he died, sniped while he was writing a parking ticket. His killer walked out of prison in 1986 - a mere 11 years after the killing. That is a crying shame.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I am a little young
and do not know the circumstances of Cali's murder but can someone please tell me how the fuck the offender got out of jail after 11 years for murdering a policeman while on duty.

5/20/2015 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the police were as bad as the liberals say, Clark would not still be around.

5/20/2015 02:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Society always forgets police have real lives and families. They rather focus on one cop sleeping in broad daylight.

5/20/2015 04:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll notice they don't keep any career criminals in prison either. I've run across guys who have been locked up a couple years ago back on the street. Guess crime does pay..

5/20/2015 06:24:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Only eleven years? Sickening.

5/20/2015 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 years, may he officer Cali RIP! The judges are pathetic,beholden to a political structure of thieves and insanely affected individuals! A copper does any minor thing and they get the maximum, a thug kills a copper and 11 years! Anarchy maybe just maybe is needed!

5/20/2015 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the story was about the officer but why not an adjoining story about the killer? I mean, did he turn his life around and find a cure for cancer? does he work 40 hours a week, and tell his family how he turned his life around? Or did he continue on with a life filled with crimes against others? where is he now? a nice ending would be that he died violently by unknown offender and the case file is still open, collecting dust in a file cabinet somewhere . . . . .

5/20/2015 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember this one correctly, the shooting occurred between Western and Wood on Lake st. It was good hunting in those projects. One time my partner and I had to do a burglary, when a refrigerator was dropped form the tenth floor. Things have not changed much.

5/20/2015 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

"Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

"We will remember them."

-- Laurence Binyon, For The Fallen, 1914

5/20/2015 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the media chooses to glorify criminals and demonizes police,,,,,WTF has happened to our country?

5/20/2015 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am ashamed that I missed . May God Bless his family.

5/20/2015 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 year ago I was working special in Cabrini, even with screens on walkways and windows they dropped a old TV that landed 10 feet from my partner. We called it a day and went home to change are shorts. Never went back.

Never forget the fallen.
but 11 years is just crazy

5/20/2015 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember payday the 1st & 16 st .

5/20/2015 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, May 19, 1975
Weapon Used: Rifle; .22 caliber rifle
Suspect Info: Paroled in 1986

Officer Joseph P. Cali was shot and killed by a sniper while writing a parking ticket.

At 9:30 p.m., Officer Cali, was in the process of writing a citation on a 1966 Chevrolet for being illegally parked at a bus stop when he was suddenly struck in the head by a bullet. Officer Cali was shot by a sniper from a window at the public housing project building located on West Lake Street.

Officer Cali was transported to Cook County Hospital. He never regained consciousness and passed away the following day.

The juvenile shooter had been in an argument with another neighborhood boy earlier in the evening and was waiting for the boy to make another pass on his bicycle. Before the boy made another pass the officers arrived and began to write the citation. The killer then told his cousins he was going to shoot an officer and fired the round which struck Officer Cali.

Officer Joseph Cali was a veteran of department for a little more than two years and had served the Army in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife and a 3 year-old and 1 year-old daughter. Officer Cali’s services were held at St. Juliana’s Church on Chicago’s Northwest side and interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery in River Grove, Illinois.

Officer Cali's killer was sentenced to 20-25 years in prison. He was paroled in 1986 after serving less than half of his sentence.

5/20/2015 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If I remember this one correctly, the shooting occurred between Western and Wood on Lake st. It was good hunting in those projects. One time my partner and I had to do a burglary, when a refrigerator was dropped from the tenth floor. Things have not changed much."

5/20/2015 08:35:00 AM

From the SCC archives --

"October, 1969, ten police officers shot at Lake and Leavitt by a variety of weapons fired from 2245 W. Lake and 2215 W. Lake,the Henry Horner Homes. Rifles were fired at the police. I know, I was there."

9/16/2008 08:06:00 PM

5/20/2015 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 years is a fucking disgrace. God forbid one of the State's Attorney or Judges' family falls victim to a fucking rabid savage animal supported by the system from womb to grave. Will the sentence then be harsher? When I first started I never wanted to believe it was us against them, but 15 years later you realize that you are just a number and no one gives a shit. Everyone stay safe and do your job but always remember: Your family, friends, a limited number of citizens and co-workers are the only ones who give a fuck. You are disposable, a source of lawsuit revenue and a scapegoat to the many. Fucking shameful and pathetic. God, please help us.

5/20/2015 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another one from the Crazy Like A Fox Department.

Reminds me of this Holmes a__le who lit up the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Gathered all this gear together, planned it for months, then all of a sudden he's "mental" when he gets caught. Saw him sitting in court with his hair dyed bright orange, playing "bobblehead," like one of those goofy animal figurines for the back window shelf of the car. Head on a spring that wiggles around every time you stop or go. Guy is laughing his a__ off at all this.

If they "can't obtain the right execution drugs," I will gladly donate a quart a Liquid Drano -- and squeeze the bottle personally.

Here, very similar. Read this account of Kulak The Mad Bomber --

"At 9521 South Exchange Avenue on April 14, 1969, there was a horrific bloodbath that resulted in the deaths of Detective Jerome A. Stubig and Sergeant James R. Schaffer. Additionally six other officers and two civilians suffered serious hand grenade shrapnel and gunshot wounds.

"It began when a 43 year-old, mentally disturbed former Marine, labeled as a “Mad Bomber”, Frank J. Kulak, barricaded himself in his home. Kulak began sniping at his neighbors who called police. The first two officers responding knocked on Kulak’s door and were met by fatal gunfire and tossed hand grenades..."

In the comments, there is a first-hand account from a little boy who saw the cashier blown into the next world and both of his parents maimed for life by a tricky goes-off-if-you-tilt-it bomb Kulak planted in a nearby Goldblatts toy department a couple of days prior. Suffered for the rest of their lives, never got a penny or any kind of help, either. The forgotten victims.

"Kulak never faced criminal charges for his crimes. He was declared incompetent by a court and sent off to the Chester Mental Hospital at Menard for treatment."

5/20/2015 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rip also to former desplaines supt. Kozenzcak. Funeral this Friday. I was 15 when that animal Gacy was caught due to your vigilance. Because of you many young men grew to adulthood. God bless you!

5/20/2015 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something nice for a change...

"Mom’s Facebook Photo of 'Hero' Cop Strikes a Chord"

May 20, 2015

"A mother’s photo and thank you note to a State Trooper who helped out her son after he got a flat tire is spreading like wildfire online.

"Joseph Owusu, 20, was driving home from Virginia Tech, where he is a student, last week when one of his back tires blew out. Virginia state trooper Matt Okes helped the stranded student, making sure other drivers saw his vehicle on the dark and highly trafficked road, and waiting with the student until his parents showed up and AAA fixed his car.

"Touched by the trooper’s kindness, Joseph’s mother, Dr. Nada Owusu, posted a photo of the two men, with a note of gratitude, to her Facebook page on Friday. “Facebook friends, join [me] in expressing my gratitude to God and to Officer [Matt] Okes…a Virginia State Police officer,” she wrote. “I took this picture at 2 am in the middle of nowhere. My son had his back tire blown off his car last night on his way home from school. This kind officer approached him, didn’t ask if the little Mercedes was stolen but rather got on his knees to replace his tire. When his effort failed he stayed with my son all night till we arrived at 1 am with Triple A. He provided all the needed protection especially from those tractor trailers till we were done by 2 am and drove behind us for a while before exiting. Today I salute Officer Okes! He is our hero and our Good Samaritan.”

5/20/2015 04:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gone, but thankfully not forgotten.
Thanks to all who contributed along with SCC.

5/20/2015 06:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A guy gets arrested for trafficking in cartons of cigarettes looking at 20 years and big fines, a guy murders a Chicago copper gets 11 years! The Wilson thug animal brothers murder Fahey and O'Brien burge and his top guys captured these thugs, the city council no evidence of any wrongdoing by burge and his guys,kangaroo court, city council gives away 5.5 million of taxpayers dollars predicated on lies no proof all council members face thugs that make false accusations and stand applauded like trained animals as they gave away 5.5 million of our money pathetic! The criminals have won, right now I feel so dejected!

RIP officer the real judge in heaven will put these people where they belong in hell for what they have done to police everywhere! Brothers and sisters in Blue everywhere I will have your backs forever that I promise, blue lives matter and your all family to me!!

5/20/2015 11:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joseph R. Kozenczak, Des Plaines detective chief on the Gacy serial-slayer case, dead at 75

05/18/2015, 09:43pm

"Robert Piest couldn’t be a runaway, thought Joe Kozenczak. The 15-year-old vanished from outside the Des Plaines pharmacy where he worked while his mother was just feet away, inside Nisson’s drugstore, waiting to drive her son home so they could cut into her birthday cake.

“That was a big red flag to Joe,” then chief of detectives for Des Plaines, said his wife, Karen. “This was a loving mother picking up her son, and he never returned.”

"On December 11, 1978, Rob told his mother he was going outside to talk to a contractor about a summer job. Another employee said the man who wanted to see Rob was John Wayne Gacy.

"Mr. Kozenczak’s investigators started looking closely at Gacy, a Democratic precinct captain for Norwood Township. Months earlier, he had been photographed shaking hands with first lady Rosalynn Carter. Sometimes, he entertained small children dressed as “Pogo the Clown.”

"The investigators discovered that Gacy had served time in Iowa for a sex act with an underage boy.

"Mr. Kozenczak, 75, who died of an infection May 13 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, was galvanized by the disappearance of Rob, who was in the same class as his son at Maine West High School. “As I read the report I thought to myself — this could have been my son,” he wrote in his book on the case, “The Chicago Killer.”

"Then, a break in the case occurred. Rob Piest’s mother told Mr. Kozenczak that the jacket Rob was wearing had a receipt in the pocket from Nisson’s for developing a roll of film — something a friend left behind when she borrowed the jacket.

"Mr. Kozenczak wrote of the electrifying moment in his book: “ ‘Wait one minute,’ I suddenly said, and, jumping up, bolted down the hall to the polygraph room. There, in a clear plastic bag, shining like a piece of gold, was the bright red receipt I had plucked out of John Gacy’s garbage bag. . . . This was the first and only piece of evidence we had showing that the Piest’s boy had even been in the house on Summerdale. I felt as if I had just dropped a noose around the burly contractor’s neck.”

Indeed you did, Sir.

Details on services --

Thanks to the correspondent here who spotted this. No small thing.

5/20/2015 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Now the media chooses to glorify criminals and demonizes police,,,,,WTF has happened to our country?

5/20/2015 09:23:00 AM


5/21/2015 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joseph R. Kozenczak, Des Plaines detective chief on the Gacy serial-slayer case, dead at 75

Rest in Peace Chief...
Now Tovar can continue his version of how HE solved the Gacy case.

5/21/2015 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Now the media chooses to glorify criminals and demonizes police,,,,,WTF has happened to our country?

5/20/2015 09:23:00 AM


5/21/2015 09:27:00 AM

President Obama is merely the puss that spewed from the pimple that has been on the face of America for years.

That pimple was an infected seed and it was planted by men much smarter and more devious that him and grew from the bile the sixties malcontents.

I wish they were just misinformed misfits, but I fear that they are a malevolent group that truly wants to see this Country diminished.

5/22/2015 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was working special employment on the second watch and turned the keys over to Officer Cali. What a tragedy followed on his third watch.

God bless him.

5/23/2015 02:25:00 AM  
Blogger Jamrs Colby said...

Kulak was never released even though he never stood trial. He killed my grandfather James Schaffer by shooting him in head and the bullet exited through his neck. If you knew my grandfather Jim or Detective Stubig, let's please exchange info. Even though I never got to meet my grandfather, I understand he was a great man. A WWII vet, decorated officer, Colonel in the Army Reserves. Grandpa got off six rounds and reloaded before Kulak took his life. Even Speaker of the House of Representatives McCormack,personal friends with grandpa said James was the bravest cop he knew.

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