- 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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Too Politically Sensitive: Since When Is Murder Too Politically Sensitive Hardcover – May 8, 2009
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Michale Callahan was very courageous to write this and he should be applauded.
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.Read more ›
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Great book!! Very disturbing! Mr. Callahan is a very courageous man, who I hope has some peace in his life now. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sara J.
Inside story of a travesty of justice. How these guys got convicted is a mockery of our system. What a tale from my home town.Published 10 months ago by Rick K.
Michael Callahan's honesty and integrity is commendable. I've never been so proud of an author in my entire life. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Timothy J. Nilsson
A great book about the Rhodes Murders, if you're interested in the topic.Published 12 months ago by Chaz Smith
As a retired police officer I found it very disturbing to read and realize this was going on. The book is very well written and gives the reader insight on how a really good police... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Joosten
The book is an expose of the corruption politics can cause in public service. The author details how his tenacity to uncover the truth was ignored because of favors and what some... Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by John F. Hein
Got this for my aunt June she had been wanting this for ever and I found it online it was used but it was like brand new I got it for around 80%off it was a great deal..Published on December 25, 2013 by Anthony C.