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Too Politically Sensitive

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In 2000, Michale Callahan was the newly promoted Investigations Commander over a nine county area in East Central Illinois. His first assignment, to review the fourteen-year-old murder of a young, newlywed couple, Dyke and Karen Rhoads, would change his life forever, shattering his faith in the department he had loved and had dedicated his life to. Rumblings from the Downs ...more
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Land of Lincoln Press
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Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
At this point in time, everyone who knows how to pronounce "Illinois" (and millions of those who pronounce the final "s") have some understanding of the corruption with which my home state is synonymous. From the legendary Kennedy election voting machines at the bottom of Lake Michigan to the convictions and prison terms of our last two governors (George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich), political corruption is endemic in Illinois. Before I read this book, though, I had no idea how extensively this cor ...more
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In many ways this book was "difficult" to read. Illinois is well known for its political corruption, but the depths and pervasiveness of that corruption as revealed by the author is shocking to even the most hardened cynic.

Callahan is a (now) retired member of the Illinois State Police (ISP). He was asked to do a pro forma review of an old murder case that was to be profiled on the TV news magazine 48 Hours. The "irregularities" he found led him to ask the ISP to reopen the investigation. The IS
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
I can't wait to read this book! My Grandma lives just 10 minutes from Paris Illinois, where this infamous murder took place. It's so intriguing..having made many trips to Paris, over the years. It's surreal that something so grotesque could happen in such a small town. It just proves that it doesn't matter how safe you try to make things...corruption and murder can happen anywhere!
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't rate this book 5 stars because it's well written - but this whistle-blowing story deserves five stars for the author's courage and determination. Even if half the things this former Illinois officer says are true, it's a scary insight to how our politicians and police force can be corrupt and scandalous. A reminder that we should be paying attention to the actions of those in power.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-not-owned
3.5 stars.

The situation behind the story is an embarrassment to Illinois. Unfortunately, it's not too much of a stretch of the imagination that there is corruption that extends down to the state police. What's disheartening is knowing that it won't ever stop.

I do think while the story was good, the writing itself could have used a little help. There were several places when I wondered if someone had edited this book, as things were repeated or became convoluted. There were also a few typos. And
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I have lived in Edgar County my entire life and never realized how corrupt the police department was. It was incredible and sickening to see how those poor men, Steidl and Whitlock had been accused and convicted on nothing but obvious lies. These murders took place when I was just 4, so I didn't really have any knowledge about them. It's scary to think all my life Ive lived around such corruption. This book definitely opened my eyes
Tim Lee
Jul 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Outspoken book about the corruption in the Illinois State Police. There was a lot of information about the Rhoads' murders in Paris, Illinois, in the 1980s. Some of the info is repeated and there are some typos, but it is still a fairly well written story. Hard to believe that all this is non-fiction.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful book! Callahan must be commended for his Courage. I read this book to learn exactly what people meant when they say Illinois is one of the most corrupt states. Very disheartening story but extremely worth reading!
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not always well written but never dull. I couldn't put this down. Interesting to anyone familiar with Edgar Co Il. You won't look at those small towns in the same way after reading this.
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
very scary to think stuff like this is happening in Paris, IL - let alone Illinois. Very difficult to keep up with all the names. But for anyone who lives / lived around here ... amazing book.
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In 2000, Michale Callahan was the Investigations Commander in East Central Illinois. His first assignment was to review the fourteen-year-old murder of a young, newlywed couple, Dyke and Karen Rhoads. Rumblings from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project, The Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, and a CBS's 48 Hours show were that two men had been wrongfully convicted for these murders. This true story is about his fight to search for the truth and free the two innocent m ...more
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