Saturday, February 23, 2013

Five Years After the Lane Bryant Mass Murder, Still No Progress: An Illinois Reader Explains Why

They had on the news only the last few days.

Five years now since the Lane Bryant killings in Tinley Park IL. Five women shot and killed, another shot and left for dead. Four whitey women and two negresses working at the store.

And no suspects and no progress in the case. Negro assailant still at large for some time now.

They have a very good description of the killer, and even a recording of his voice, but not arrests.

They had as many as forty detectives working on the case at one time but no suspects or arrests.

And so now they are bringing in an outside expert to review all the evidence and tips.


The community is not cooperating. The community, of course, being the American negro community. Refusing to cooperate with the authorities.

Some time ago, the authorities even approached the negro pastors and pleaded with them to go to the community and beg their cooperation.

But no good. Especially the negro hair-style salons, I would have to assume adopting the “no stitch” rule, this killer had a special braid in the hair with a special green ornament at the end.

THE COMMUNITY IS NOT COOPERATING. Of course they are not. When ever are they?

This case more than likely will be solved five to ten years from now, when some dude in Detroit or Miami is arrested for some murder and is told he is going down for thirty-to-life for the crime, and will say to the detectives: "I know this other dude that keeps bragging how he offed all those wimmens up in Chicago and got away with it!" Something like that.

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Lane Bryant Murders: 5 years later
By Jackie Bange
February 1, 2013
Comments (10)

Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of one of the most notorious unsolved murders in the Chicago area.


It happened in the quiet suburb of Tinley Park. Five women in a Lane Bryant store were shot and killed. A sixth woman survived but the killer remains on the loose.


42-year-old Rhoda McFarland was killed by a gunman in the Lane Bryant Shooting in Tinley Park.orst way.

There are fewer leads and fewer calls to authorities. Another year passes and police may be no closer to finding the gunman but talk to the relatives, city leaders and investigators– no one is giving up hope.

It should have been an ordinary day. February 2nd, 2008. Six women, whether for work or to shop, came to a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park. Their ordinary day ended in the worst way.

“You know I can’t help but think about it every day,” Maurice Hamilton said, “It was my oldest sister. Someone I cherished loved and adored.”


34-year-old Jennifer Bishop, a mother of three including a 6 month old boy, was among those killed in the Lane Bryant Shooting.
Maurice’s sister, 42-year-old Rhoda McFarland was killed by a gunman. 34-year-old Jennifer Bishop, a mother of three including a 6 month old boy, was also among the dead.

“We were best friends, had our kids together and every day we talked, Jennifer’s sister, Michele Talos said.

He stole money but police say the motive remains unclear.

It was 10 in the morning. The store had just opened. The manager was there, Rhoda McFarland, and another employee. Two customers were there as well. That’s when the suspected gunman came in. He was posing as a deliveryman. He had conversations with the four. And then he corralled them in the backroom and duct taped them.

Two other customers came in and he took them to the backroom and duct taped them as well and shot all six of them. All of this within a time span of about 40 minutes.


33-year-old Carrie Hudek Chiuso was a Homewood Flossmoor High School Social Worker. She was killed in the Lane Bryant Shooting in Tinley Park.

The lone survivor, a store employee, was able to give a good enough description to produce sketches of the gunman. Police even have his voice captured on a cell phone call to 911 from a frightened Rhoda McFarland.

The photos of the victims are posted on the wall right when you walk inside Tinley Park’s Task Force Headquarters. Three full-time investigators work the case along with a State Police analyst.

Cmdr. Patrick McCain said “Almost a day doesn’t go by that I don’t go in and look at the pictures. I stop and talk to my investigators to see where we’re going.”

This year, there have been 87 leads called in, more than 6600 total since the murders. Investigators have gone as far as London to check new fingerprint technology on shell casings. The village has spent nearly $2 million. Still, no suspect. Yet there is hope.


22 year-old Sarah Szafranski was killed in the Lane Bryant Shooting.

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said “As we go through these anniversaries that someone has a conscience– hey it’s about time to do the right thing.”

Do the right thing for the victims. 33-year-old Carrie Hudek Chiuso was a Homewood Flossmoor High School Social Worker. An annual Carrie-fest raised money for scholarships. A park bench in Oak Forest bears the name of the youngest victim: 22 year-old Sarah Szafranski. High school scholarships were also awarded in her name. Her family released a statement which reads in part:

“She had her whole life in front of her and it was senselessly taken away. We think about the things that could and should have been, but are not.”

37-year-old Connie Woolfolk left behind two sons, one with Spina Bifida.


37-year-old Connie Woolfolk was killed in the Lane Bryant Shooting.

“I want to keep this story out there. I don’t want it to die. I want this guy caught,” Maurice said.

For Hamilton the anniversary is even more difficult. His birthday is February 3rd, one day after the anniversary of his sister’s murder. Another tragic twist– relatives of Jeni Bishop believe she may have gone to Lane Bryant that day to cash in a birthday gift card. She had celebrated her 34th birthday five days prior. Through their grief they hold on to one thing.

“Five years… it might definitely spark somebody,” Michele said, “It might be time for somebody to say something because somebody knows him.”

Cmdr. McCain said he “still feel[s] that we will solve it. When, I don’t know but I still think that person’s out there, that tip is out there and we are going to bring this thing home.”

Take a look at his picture again. He is described as in his 30’s, husky build and about 6 feet tall. There is a $100,000 reward to information leading to his arrest. Tinley Park Police ask that you call their hotline (708) 444-5394 or visit if you have any information.


Second, female-looking suspect sketch


Anonymous said...

I presume the authorities have ruled out a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired after stealing from the cash register or taking the store's merchandise.

We've seen quite a few of these murders were the perp had formerly worked at the store.

David In TN

Anonymous said...

Or the relative or friend of a store employee, maybe of one
of the murdered.

Anonymous said...

And why are sketches of black perpetrators shown in white? Tell me this makes it easier to identify the black criminal. Sure and if you make a sketch of a white perp in black face that makes it easier to identify the perp...not.
Last week the comcast news site showed a photo of the moslum out in California who just went on a shooting spree before committing suicide looking whiter than the blond white policeman giving a news briefing about the incident. I saw the same photo of the moslum at another site and he looked almost black. The bullshit and lies never ceases.

Unknown said...

Even s $100,000 reward isn't enough to break the bonds of black tribalism. I wish my white brothers were so devoted and loyal to our unity.