There are times when I am very thankful that Rockford is just a short trip away from Chicago and all the fun the city has to offer. Hearing that the FBI is investigating the possibility of a serial killer in Chicago is definitely not one of those times.

Chicago police have assigned a team of detectives to review the deaths more than a year after the Tribune first brought to light that at least 75 women ranging in age from 18 to 58 had been strangled or smothered between 2001 and 2017.


In its groundbreaking investigation published in January 2018, the Tribune found that 51 of the deaths still remained unsolved, prompting experts and law enforcement officials to suggest that a task force look into the cases — both to catch patterns of a possible serial killer and to clear up the backlog of cases.


More recently, as new concerns were raised about a potential serial killer, the department finally assigned a team of up to six detectives already detailed to an FBI violent crimes task force in Chicago to re-examine the forensic evidence.

OK, before we start to panic and avoid Chicago like the plague, Assistant Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told the Tribune;

no evidence yet exists that any of the women died at the hands of one or more serial killers, but he conceded that such links still might be found.

“We are going to review all of these,” he said. “We don’t know where it is going. At first glance, we don’t have a serial killer. … I think you may find some connections.”

Although this new information is extremely alarming, we all must realize that nothing has been proven yet, and further investigation into this possibility will take months to complete. We don't need to avoid Chicago like the plague right now, just continue to keep a close eye on your surroundings when you're there.



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