An archive of articles by John Conroy on police torture, Jon Burge, and related issues
The Persistence of Andrew Wilson
A cop killer who fought to expose torture in the Chicago Police Department has died, but his testimony from beyond the grave could still help bring down its perpetrators.
November 29, 2007
Is This a Gag?
The city’s lawyers claim a gag order prevents them from discussing the strange deal they made to settle police torture lawsuits. There’s no order.
September 28, 2007
The Meter’s Still Running and the Mayor’s Still Mum
Since 2003 the city has paid some $7 million in legal fees to fight five police torture lawsuits it probably can’t win. The latest turn in this saga involves a secret settlement agreement designed to protect Daley.
July 6, 2007
Lawyers for police torture victims are trying to get Mayor Daley on the stand. We’ve got a few things to ask him too.
May 11, 2007
Confessions of a Torturer
An Army Interrogator’s Story
March 1, 2009
The Good Cop
Detective Frank Laverty did the right thing – and paid for it for years.
January 5, 2007
The prosecutors who sent police torture victims to prison are now the judges who keep them there.
December 1, 2006
Doe in the Headlights
By trying so hard to keep his name out of the police torture report, Lawrence Hyman has made sure it’s a name we’ll always associate with police torture.
July 19, 2006
The Police Torture Scandal: A Who’s Who
With the results of a four-year, multimillion dollar investigation due any day, here’s a guide by staff reporter John Conroy to the key figures in the scandal. Some of them may look familiar.
June 16, 2006
What Does John Doe Know? The guy blocking the special prosecutor’s report on Chicago police torture may be trying to protect more than his own name.
June 9, 2006
Tools of Torture
Though he continues to deny it, Jon Burge tortured suspects while he was a Chicago police detective. Now his contemporaries from Vietnam reveal where he may have learned the tricks of his trade.
February 4, 2005
The Mysterious Third Device
February 4, 2005
All over the world, torturers have one thing in common: they think they’re doing the right thing.
May 14, 2004
Deaf to the Screams The next state’s attorney to investigate police torture in Chicago will be the first.
August 1, 2003
A Hell of a Deal
His job is to prosecute criminals. But if the criminals are cops, state’s attorney Dick Devine doesn’t want to hear about it. Now, with Devine offering inmates their freedom if they’ll drop their claims of torture, some defense attorneys suggest appointing a prosecutor to go over his head.
October 12, 2001
What Price Freedom?
Darrell Cannon has accepted a plea bargain that will spare him a lifetime in prison. But there’s a catch: the police officers he’s accused of torture won’t be forced to testify.
March 2, 2001
The Magic Can
It grows. It shrinks. It leaps throught locked doors. If you believe that, you won’t mind if the state executes Madison Hobley.
May 26, 2000
Police lieutenant Raymond Patterson didn’t believe his son Aaron was a gangbanger. He was wrong. Then he didn’t believe that police officers had forced Aaron to confess to a double murder. He may have been wrong about that too.
December 3, 1999
Poison in the System
Darrell Cannon and a parade of men claim they were tortured by detectives at Area Two. Why won’t the police department confront its demons?
June 25, 1999
Shot in the Dark
In the confusion surrounding the bloody shoot-out that killed Nick Richard, one thing is perfectly clear—the police department doesn’t want to hear about it.
November 6, 1998
The Shocking Truth After insisting for years that Andrew Wilson was never tortured by police, why did the city then begin insisting that he was?
January 10, 1997
Town Without Pity Police torture: The courts know about it, the media know about it, and chances are you know about it. So why aren’t we doing anything about it?
January 12, 1996
House of Screams Torture by electroshock: Could it happen in a Chicago police station? Did it happen at Area 2?
January 26, 1990