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Too Politically Sensitive: Since When Is Murder Too Politically Sensitive Hardcover – May 8, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Land of Lincoln Pr Inc (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615281036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615281032
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Brooks on May 28, 2009
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I'm glad Mr. Callahan had the guts to write this GREAT book. I grew up in Paris and know first hand 'who' owns the town...we all do. It's sad that the 'in fighting' and 'back stabbing' of the ISP kept Herbie in prison all those years when he should have been out when Steidl was released. It's sad that my home town is so corrupt and that these 2 men were so disliked to have been framed for these murders and lost the best years of their lives!!! I hope those who had a hand in this travesty of justice are real proud. A MUST READ!!!! A+++++++++++
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A very well written book (despite a handful of typographical errors) and very overdue. It was a realistic look at the justice system in Illinois and very readable. It was one of those "can't put it down" books.

Michale Callahan was very courageous to write this and he should be applauded.
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The corruption found throughout this book also applies to many other counties in downstate Illinois. In Coles county we had Paul Komada running for SA in 08. We also still have Ron Tulin handling criminal cases. Jack Eckerty still lives within Coles county. Charlie McGrew is Sheriff of Douglas county. Not one of these people have ever been reprimanded for their roles in the Edgar county injustice. Instead they are still practicing the same type of corruption TODAY! A close knit group of corruption still exists. Coles county SA Steve Ferguson had an assistant SA stealing drugs from evidence locker, and this was hidden from the public for over 2 years, and even when it did become public, nothing was done! Houseboats for all corrupt officials!
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This is one of those books that is very hard to put down. I lived in Paris for many years and some of those were in the house. A lot of things were brought to light and it was about time! I plan on reading this book again, because I am sure that there are things that will be come clearer the second time around. What a shame Mr. Callahan and his family had to endure what he did just so the truth could be told. Too bad he couldn't get anyone to listen and act.
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Being from Central Illinois myself I like this book about a town and system I am familiar with. I am retired from local law enforcement and I knew/know some of the officers involved. I enjoyed reading the book until I got to the final few chapters when the author lost his "fair and balanced" approach and spewed too much venom. That really took the edge off the story to me. It was similar to the "virtuous vs. evil" way we look at political opponents. Lt. Callahan excuses people he likes but excepts no reason other than pure evil for his opponents. The truth ALWAYS lies in the middle. But still....I do recommend reading the book...just omit reading the last few chapters.
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One of the best arguments against the death penalty is the Illinois record of convicting the innocent and sending them to death row. This book describes how two white men from southern Illinois, Randy Steidl and Herb Whitlock, were wrongly convicted of a double murder. What’s different about this book is that is it written by a retired lieutenant in the Illinois State Police who participated in the criminal investigation, not by a defense attorney or by an exonerated defendant.

The case started on July 6, 1986 when a young married couple -- Dyke and Karen Rhodes – were murdered in Paris, a small town in southeast Illinois. Though no physical evidence linked Whitlock and Steidl to the crime, two purported eyewitnesses did.
These eyewitnesses were both alcoholics with checkered pasts who both claim to have been in the victims' house at the time of the crime, but never mentioned each other. Both subsequently recanted their testimony, then withdrew their recantations, then recanted again, thus demonstrating their unreliability and becoming poster boys for reasonable doubt.

Lt. Callahan's investigation uncovered serious doubts about the convictions and the shoddy investigation leading to them. His superiors eventually took him off the case, calling it "too politically sensitive," which the source of the book's title. Callahan had uncovered evidence pointing to a local businessman as the possible killer. But that individual had donated tens of thousands of dollars to George Ryan, who was governor at the time. Callahan was told the order not to pursue the case came from the top. When Callahan complained about the cover-up, he was taken out of investigations after 20 years and sent to patrol and cut short his career.
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I left Paris, Illinois in 1960, when it was a sleepy little farming town. What the hell happened? "Too Politically Sensitive" illuminates the cesspool of Illinois politics and the very sorry state of corruption and lawlessness that apparently overwhelmed Paris. As I read through the book, I shocked and then shocked again at the level and the brazenness of the cover ups, the corruption, the greed and the complete disregard for the citizens of Illinois. It is seldom that I find a book of this nature to be in the can't-put-it-down category, but "Too Politically Sensitive" reads like a thriller.
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Since I was raised in the town, Paris, Ill., and occasionally go back there, the book was interesting to me. I spoke to a friend who still lives there and she was incensed that someone would write such a book and name so many names. I think she doesn't realize that this is all a matter of public record. She would not even discuss it. Her daughter who lives near Paris had bought the book and my friend read 5 pages. My friend would not discuss it any further as it makes her so mad. She thinks the 2 men were guilty!!! Wonder if she sat on the jury. She refused to discuss it other than what I just said as it makes her very angry. My take on it was it was the authors experience and an expose of corrupt people thoughout the system. I had seen the airing of the investigation on TV a few years back and before that I had not heard of the murders. I felt all in all this was an excellent book and I hope the author has found peace in his life. Some of the information was repetative but he had to make it clear all of the barriers he encountered...I had not heard of this book but my cousin who lives in Indianapolis got it from another cousin from Paris.
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