TRUE CRIME: The ‘shell shocked’ father who drowned two of his sons in Indiana Harbor

TRUE CRIME: The 'shell shocked' father who drowned two of his sons in Indiana Harbor All day thousands of parents who lost their sons shuffled into the East Chicago morgue and looked at the drowned boys with matching blue-gray eyes, though none could identify them.The first boy was found Feb. 22, 1928, and the second March 1 — both within 100 yards of each other in the Lake Michigan-Calumet River canal, according to Times archives. They wore matching blue-grey woolen suits, red-lined black chinchilla coats and dark brown leather gloves. The boys' bodies were trussed with wire when pulled from Indiana Harbor in the winter of 1928.The second boy's discovery confirmed for police the near-identical looking youths – almost certainly brothers – were murdered, perhaps kidnapped and killed after a ransom went unpaid.The truth came from the forlorn figure who haunted the morgue every evening after the bodies' discovery.George Chisholm, a 35-year-old World War I veteran from Canada, was brought in for police questioning the day after the second boy's body was found March 1.He admitted the boys were his sons, George Jr., 9, and Edgar, 6. He said he bound wire around their waists, weighted each wire with a heavy steel rail and then pushed the boys into a ship canal at Indiana Harbor.In his first confession he said he persuaded the boys to jump into the water, but admitted after continued questioning they were pushed.The man was arrested and obtained pro-bono representation from two attorneys – Joseph Conroy of Hammond and Anthony A. Filipiak of Gary.The attorneys explained in a letter to the newspaper they chose to represent Chisholm “to prevent society from doing the same thing to Chisholm that Chisholm has done to his boys,”“We are not fighting for Chisholm's freedom,” they wrote. “We are fighting to make sure Chisholm is recognized in his right light, that he is looked upon as the sick man that he is, and that he Continue Reading

TRUE CRIME: The ‘shotgun killer’ who rampaged through the Region, Part I

TRUE CRIME: The 'shotgun killer' who rampaged through the Region, Part I A shotgun blasted in the early evening of Oct. 30, 1990, outside American Legion Post 66 in Griffith.Lawrence Mills, a 43-year-old insurance salesman from Hammond, was found dead in his car, still dressed in the three-piece champagne-colored business suit he had worn that day to work.A half-mile north from the Legion hall, a woman dropped off a package at a home in Griffith when she heard the crunch of dry leaves. She turned and saw a man fire a shotgun. The shot missed, she screamed and the shooter fled.A 16-year-old girl arrived at her family's home in St. John. She parked in the garage and got out of her car to see a man with a shotgun standing behind her. He ordered her to be quiet, she screamed, and a shotgun shell blasted through the back of the garage, narrowly missing the girl.Finally, two employees chatted outside a Petro Mart gas station in Cedar Lake. Rhonda Hammersley, 25, stood outside the car of Carrie Jillson, 28, waiting for Hammersley's husband. As they talked, a man walked around the corner of the station.Without a word, the man shot Hammersley point-blank in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. He then leaned into Jillson's car and fired, missing the woman by inches. She slumped in her seat, and he put the gun to the back of her head. But he didn't fire.Jillson threw the car in reverse and screeched off to a nearby liquor store, where she called police.So began the killings that would claim a total of seven lives and terrorize the Region's residents, eventually resulting in the arrest and conviction of Christopher Dwayne Peterson, the so-called “shotgun killer.”Harchan Dhaliwal, 54, of Gary, was shot and killed Dec. 13, 1990, in an apparent robbery in Portage.Marie Meitzler, 48, was found dead Dec. 15, 1990, behind the front desk of a Howard Johnson in Portage.That same day, Ora Lee Wildermuth, 54, was killed at an ATM machine in Gary's Miller neighborhood and Continue Reading

Michelle Obama makes the tabloids

Angelina gets three covers this week, Britney gets one and - hold your breath - Michelle Obama graces Us Weekly with her hubby and the headline “Why Barack Does the potential future First Lady seem too poised and classy for our weekly newsstand fix? Nah, she shops at Target. She’s just like us! Tori Spelling’s frequently maligned mother, Candy, has given each of Tori’s kids a $2 million trust fund, says Star. The investment is also known as a $2 million so-you-won’t-have-to-do-reality-TV fund. Life & Style has pix of Jennifer Garner accidentally locking her 2-year-old, Violet, in the car. “Thankfully, through a cracked-open window, Jen was able to coach Violet on how to unlock the car,” says the mag. If this was the Spears family, that kid would have lunged for the gas pedal and steered straight for the nearest photographer. Katie Holmes reportedly sent Nicole Kidman a gift basket filled with expensive baby clothes. Tucked among the miniature cashmere sweaters was a note that read, “Help!” Sad news from Star: Ellen Degeneres is apparently marrying Portia de Rossi without a prenup. A source claims Ellen “finds prenups unromantic.” You know what else is unromantic? Vindictive Hollywood ex-wives 15 years younger than you. “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier has a new girlfriend, actress Isabel Lucas, with whom he “bonded over environmental issues.” In other words, he showed her that it’s not sleazy being green. Mary-Kate Olsen has taken out an insurance policy on $2 million worth of clothes and accessories, says Star. So beware, potential fashion burglars, you’ll only be handing her a shopping spree to get more bag-lady couture. Justin Timberlake tells Star that he gave foot rubs to his “Love Guru” co-stars Meagan Good and Romany Malco. “Oh, I did rub both of their feet,” he says. Continue Reading


Lindsay Lohan is pulling herself together after another traumatizing car accident involving a paparazzo. Sources tell us a photographer chasing the 20-year-old actress rear-ended her black Mercedes near the corner of Olympic and La Cienega in L. A. around 2 a. m. yesterday. "She was apparently able to drive a short distance from the crash," says a source. "But she later pulled over and called a friend to pick her up. " Lohan's rep, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, confirmed the accident, but had no information on the "Bobby" star's condition or whether she had filed a police report. Earlier in the evening, Lohan was videotaped outside the hot spot Hyde, sitting in her car while talking to a "mystery man," according to TMZ. com. "La Lohan appeared a little upset and teary-eyed under a hooded shirt" before "speeding off, alone," the gossip site said. Lohan was driving a black Benz in May 2005 when a photographer broadsided her with his minivan. Lohan suffered cuts and bruises, and her car was badly dented. Cops booked the lensman for assault, but authorities let him off after deciding he hadn't rammed into her car intentionally. Five months later, Lohan was speeding away from paparazzi and ran into another van that was making an illegal U-turn. The first car accident helped spur lawmakers and the LAPD to crack down on stalkerazzi. But Lohan is among the photogs' prime quarry. In another recent wee-hours incident, a sobbing Lohan called police, alleging that two paparazzi had tried to hit her Cadillac Escalade. "She was being hounded," says Zelnik. "She called her mom and cried. " Friends fear she could end up like Princess Diana. "I think Lindsay has been hounded by paparazzi more than most celebs," says Zelnik. Except maybe Madonna. Her Madgesty is sporting a big bruise on her left cheek, thanks to a paparazzo who knocked into her with his camera at London's Heathrow Airport, the singer's rep, Liz Rosenberg, tells us. "Thank Continue Reading