Webster’s dictionary simplistically defines “death” as the act or fact of dying, a state of being dead.
And there is one thing is for sure, we are all going to die. None of us will escape death.
For some, death comes after a long and fruitful life, but death is not always fair.
Webster’s dictionary defines “murder” as the unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of a person.
While there are several different motives as to why people commit murder, none of them are justified.
So when an injustice like murder occurs, we rely on our law enforcement and government to search for the truth, to absolve the innocent, find the guilty and bring the guilty to justice.
If we take justice into our own hands, it’s considered vigilantism and also a crime. So we rely on the power given to our government, its authority, and its duty to protect us for the closure that only justice can bring.
I have said this often and cannot put it into power enough words, but I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn’t want justice if their loved one was murdered, whether it be a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, any relative or friend.
So we can never forget Dyke and Karen Rhoads or any other victim who the government turns its back on and has so callously failed to search for the truth and to give them justice.
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Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock certainly suffered and unjustly lost a third of their lives because of the state’s cover-ups, but we can’t forget Dyke and Karen Rhoads who still lay six feet under the ground with no justice.
And for over twenty six years, there is still no one in the government trying to search for the truth behind their murders.
Why, because it’s still “too politically sensitive.”
And that is an injustice to all of us.
Because it shouldn’t happen to anyone, but it did, and it could happen to any one of us or to our loved ones in the future.
Government has a responsibility and every one of us relies on that responsibility.
Dyke Rhoads sister, Andrea Trapp once told the press that Dyke and Karen’s murder “ended their lives and started a nightmare for the rest of us for the rest of our lives… I want (authorities) to find the evidence needed to go to trial, instead of the wishy-washy case Mike McFatridge had 18 years ago.”
Karen’s mother, Marge Spesard, also questioned the state’s case; “I just find it interesting there have always been questions that we’ve never understood…We’re still waiting for the end.”
But it was and still is more important for the state to cover-up the misconduct and buffoonish mistakes in the original investigation and beyond, and the failures to investigate the other suspects.
Dyke’s sister, Andrea Trapp, is a very brave woman that stayed true to her brother despite the state and public scrutiny trying to attack her credibility at every turn. She said it best in a 2009 deposition in Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock’s civil suit against the state;
”I mean we are 24 years into this and you all have turned this into a three ring circus… we want somebody to solve our brother’s homicide. Apparently the Illinois State Police have no concerns about that because their concern is defending their lawsuits with Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlok… I care about Dyke and Karen and I want someone else involved in this case that cares about them too and so does Tony. That’s all we want…We have said help us solve our brother’s homicide, put the person in prison and leave them there and end of story so we can move on with our lives, so that we can be done grieving the situation.”
That’s not that much for a sister to ask for is it?
Or for anyone of us who has a loved one murdered to ask for, is it?
That is, unless, “it’s too politically sensitive.”
In the years to come, Diane Carper has admitted in testimony that I brought serious concerns to her about the Rhoads case, but still we were not allowed to reopen the Rhoads case.
Even former Captain Steve Fermon has testified that Diane Carper admitted to him that she had told Edie Casella and I that we couldn’t reopen the Rhoads case.
Steve Fermon has testified we had too many other cases and too limited resources to reopen the Rhoads case;
“…we had ongoing homicide investigations, we had death penalty cases, we had a lot of other things, and as I’m sure, most everyone would agree, we had very limited resources.”
But if it was your loved one murdered, and the police refused to investigate and search for the truth, would these reasons be good enough for you?
At my deposition in Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock’s civil suit in 2008, Iain Johnston, the Illinois State Police’s attorney asked my attorney, John Baker, to step out of the room.
John Baker came back into the room crimson red, shaking his head and with a big smirk on his face and asked me to step out of the room.
John said that Lt. Colonel Diane Carper (who was at the deposition) wanted Iain Johnston to ask me a question.
His fear to Carper’s asinine question was my anger and John wanted me agree to answer their question with only a “yes” or a “no.”
After hearing the question, and becoming enraged, I readily agreed to answer the question, but not with just a “no.”
So the question was never asked although John Baker did offer several times into the next day for me to answer it.
The state’s pathetic and outrageous new low was to ask me if the only reason I cared about the Rhoads murders was because I had sex with Andrea Trapp.
And while I didn’t get to answer their pathetic and sick question, I did tell an equally outraged Andrea Trapp about the question and you would have loved how she blasted the state in her 2009 deposition.
But that’s the State of Illinois for you, continue the cover-up, and try and discredit those that only wanted to find the real truth behind such a horrible crime and give closure to the victims.
And not only by trying to discredit the cops who took an oath to search for the truth, but even a loving sister who dared to question the state!
Now that’s pathetic!!!
But that’s Illinois for you, arrogant, deceptive, breaks promises and is unaccountable for its mistakes.
All factors for why we are considered the most corrupt state in the United States!!!
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