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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Blues

The news of a possible suicide in the death of Fox Lake's Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz has the town and country stumped.  

As the investigation unfolds, we may become privy to more details but we now just have bits and pieces. I really don't know what to think. It bothers me to think an officer would stage such a theatre piece and cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lt. Gliniewicz did not appear to be the kind of man to stage something like this nor to take his life. But do we really know our husband, wife, brother, colleague, friend, neighbor as well as we beleive? We would all like to think so and we would all like to think there is no place for dark thoughts in the minds of those we love. Happiness can be just a front. How do we know if their happiness is real? Good question. 

Cops are supposed to be rocks, shields, armor! 

Sure, some police officers have fragile psyches and at times we may never see these things on the outside.  Yet for others, it is on the forefront of their irrational thoughts both internally and externally in the changes in behavior.  We call those outcries or cries for help. 

There are those who keep it a dirty little secret. Until the end. It's a plot twist. 

But it is rare to have an elaborate death scene staged for a suicide. Not unusual or unheard of, but rare. Most of the police suicides I have seen or heard about have been silent deaths. No matter if the officer was a friend, colleague, or stranger, law enforcement suicides hit everyone in the heart. We, as cops, don't want to believe it and it is something we rally against daily in our duties. Suicide calls are common and how many times do we talk someone off the ledge?

So what happens when the darkness permeates beneath the blue suit? 

Here is an article posted in 2013 on police officer suicides...

Back to Lt. Gliniewicz. So this sparks mystery and puzzles for all those paying attention to the story. Of course, there are those in his community who are outspoken and refuse to believe the released findings. Yet, there were signs of a struggle at the scene which puts doubt in the minds of the public. Yes, this, too could be staged. 

Here is one question out of many...

1.Why don't they release the details when they are intact, in whole, not snipits, but in length as much as they can be for a case like that to give closure without jeopardizing the investigation. I am certain they wanted to ease the minds of those in the area that there were not three cop killers on the loose and they could rest easy.  But, still. Snipits are not helpful and then there are those conspiracy theorists.

Another question...

2. If so, then why? What happened to a man largely upheld as a fixture in his community and of good character? We may never know. Some people are good at disguising their anguish. 

Number three...

3. If the conspiracy theorists are correct? Wow. Then all we know to be true is not. Hmmm.

What do you think? Wager to take a guess?

It might be like trying to figure out Donald Trump's hair or Hillary's motives...

In any event, it is surely a tragedy and an unnecessary death. I hope the nation is watching.

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And not long after this posted...we get an update... 




8 comments:

Mad Jack said...

I'm putting my money on murder, and why the investigators would even consider suicide is beyond me.

Omnibabe said...

Here's a link to an article from a UK paper. Why they have this news first is beyond me...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3302697/Investigators-discuss-new-information-officers-death.html

Momma Fargo said...

Mad Jack...it appears not to be a murder which would probably be awful to say that most would rather it not be what it is either. The updated press conference revealed he had laundered and stolen money from a fund and was fearful of getting caught. As the administrator said, "It is the ultimate betrayal." That is when a seemingly good cop is dirty and then stages this elaborate scheme to fake his suicide as a murder.

Momma Fargo said...

Omnibabe...that is a good summary. I am sure it will be all over the world with the police issues going on in America. Thanks for sharing!

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
Yeah, I was saddened to hear that the officer took his OWN life.

As to your questions:
1) I'm also noticing this "disturbing" trend of PDs not releasing INFORMATION to the public (that they should and used to do).
And practically in the SAME breath, they tell the media that "they need our help".
Can't help one damn bit when you have an UNINFORMED citizenry, can you?

2) I agree there are many that are "crying on the inside", and they are VERY good at disguising it.

3) I like to believe that there is usually some bit of truth inside ALL the theories...you just have to DIG around to find it. Don't just believe the first thing you hear. Trust your "gut".

The nation should not ONLY be watching - they need to take some NOTES.
Good call.

Roll safe down there, dear.

Omnibabe said...

Here's an update that's an interesting read: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-moran-gliniewicz-suicide-st-1104-20151104-column.html

Old NFO said...

Truly sad for many reasons... And one just never knows...

Omnibabe said...

And more news here. I feel sorry for every single person he hurt by this, but especially his wife and kids.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/11/04/illinois-police-officer-whose-death-prompted-a-manhunt-was-killed-in-a-carefully-staged-suicide-officials-say/