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    One year later, officials stunned by 'betrayal' of Illinois cop who staged suicide

    One year later, officials stunned by 'betrayal' of Illinois cop who staged suicide
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    This Labor Day weekend marks one year since Fox Lake, Illinois Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz staged his on-the-job suicide to look like murder—sparking a massive investigation and nationwide manhunt for three "killers" who didn’t exist.
    Fox Lake officials are still picking up the pieces of the stunning event. “It was a betrayal to the profession and the community,” Chris Covelli, a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective, told FoxNews.com.

    On Sept. 1, 2015, 52-year-old Gliniewicz radioed in from a rural area of Fox Lake that he was getting out of his cruiser to check on three suspicious men, two white and one black. A short while later Gliniewicz was found shot to death, one bullet hitting his bulletproof vest, the other striking him below the vest, near his heart. His glasses and other belongings were found strewn around the swampy area, leading investigators to believe the officer engaged in some type of struggle.

    However, in a stunning twist, police discovered Gliniewicz carefully staged his suicide to look like murder. Investigators learned the corrupt cop apparently caved under the pressure of living a shocking double life for nearly two decades.

    "It's unheard of in our profession that anyone would think to do something like that and it just shows the emotional state that he must have been in over all of this and knowing that we were getting closer to finding out what was really going on," said Fox Lake Village Administrator, Anne Marrin.

    According to investigators, Gliniewicz embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the Fox Lake Explorer program, the 'police academy for teens' he was hailed as a hero for managing for years. Police say Gliniewicz used the money for vacations, car repairs and even adult websites.

    It was also discovered Gliniewicz had extramarital affairs and arranged for his own mistress to marry his son in order to gain added military benefits.

    Perhaps the biggest bombshell was that Gliniewicz contacted a hit man to have Marrin murdered.

    "It's crazy. I can't describe it any other way,” Marrin said.

    Marrin is credited with discovering Gliniewicz's corruption by asking the officer for paperwork to account for the spending and inventory of the Explorer program.

    Following Gliniewicz's death, his wife Melodie immediately declared her husband a hero and murder victim.

    However, through the massive federal and state investigation, officers concluded Melodie Gliniewicz was a partner in her husband's crimes. The pair even took an estimated $9,000 vacation to Hawaii -- allegedly on the Explorer program's dime.

    Earlier this year Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiracy, felony money laundering and misuse of charitable funds. She awaits trail. Attorneys for Gliniewicz say she is innocent and is a victim of her husband's schemes.

    Melodie Gliniewicz also filed for her husband's pension, a total of $1.5 million in payments over 20 years, according to Marrin. The village pension board has approved a motion to withhold a decision on payment until after Melodie's criminal trial.

    In addition to the embezzled funds, the couple obtained a substantial amount of military equipment including vehicles, helmets and vests through the 1033 Program, according to investigators. The federal program gives unused and dated military equipment to needy police departments.

    Following Gliniewicz 's death, Marrin led the tedious task of itemizing each item Gliniewicz received. Marrin tells FoxNews.com the village has given items like flashlights and traffic cones to its police department. Military items have been placed in an inventory and will be returned.

    The death of Gliniewicz came amid tensions between police and citizens in communities around the country and in the midst of the "Blue Lives Matter" movement.

    Marrin says Gliniewicz's death marred that police support.

    "Because of the betrayal, nationwide, it was a terrible thing that message was lost," Marrin said. "The worst part fell upon our police department. They had to carry the stigma of what that wayward officer did and that's unfair."

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    What a twisted case this turned out to be!

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    Investigation Discovery episode to feature Gliniewicz case

    Nov 10, 2016


    Another national TV network will delve into the Fox Lake suicide case that made headlines across the country and around the world.

    Investigation Discovery, a cable outlet owned by the company that created the Discovery Channel, will air as part of a new series called "Married with Secrets" an episode Tuesday at 9 p.m. focused on the shooting death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who investigators say staged his suicide to look like a murder when he feared his thefts from the youth program he ran would be uncovered.

    "The goal of the series is to tell stories of people who seem to have these picture-perfect marriages, but then you peel back the layers," said Executive Producer Pam Deutsch, who first came across the story in September 2015 when the death had not yet been ruled a suicide.

    "What's so interesting about his story is he really took advantage of something that had been in the news — the rise of Black Lives Matter and the killing of police officers — and then he used his 30 years of law enforcement experience to create what amounted to an elaborate hoax," she said.

    The episode — through reenactments and interviews with journalists, investigators and a member of the Fox Lake police Explorers program that Gliniewicz ran — delves into the emotions behind the case and the people at the heart of it, Deutsch said, when asked if the episode will reveal anything new for those that have been following the case closely.

    Despite the series' title, Gliniewicz's wife, Melodie, was not interviewed, Deutsch said.

    Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted in January on felony money laundering and misuse of charitable funds charges in connection to what prosecutors alleged is more than $10,000 that was misspent from accounts that were supposed to support the now-defunct Fox Lake Police Explorers chapter run by her husband.

    Her attorneys are seeking to have the charges against her dismissed, a request that had been denied by a Lake County judge who later recused herself from the case.

    The episode will "tread somewhat lightly" around her possible involvement since the issue has not yet been adjudicated, Deutsch said, adding that the show may revisit the story after the case is resolved.

    Defense attorney Donald Morrison declined to comment — as he routinely does, saying it's not his intention to try this case in the media — on whether the show would have an impact on his client's case.

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    Thanks for the heads up, Sunny, I'm going to set the DVR so I don't miss it. Lots of twists and turns, for sure!

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    Gliniewicz case delayed pending appellate court decision

    Nov 27, 2017


    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Attorneys say they're waiting for an Illinois appellate court ruling in the case against the wife of a former Fox Lake police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.

    The ruling could decide whether prosecutors can use as evidence text and email messages that Melodie Gliniewicz (GLIHN'-uh-wihts) shared with her late husband Charles Gliniewicz.

    The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that a new court date hasn't been set in the case. Lake County prosecutors said during a brief status hearing Monday that appellate court prosecutors are expected to file their arguments this week.

    Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted after her husband committed suicide in September 2015. She has pleaded not guilty to charges including siphoning money from the village's youth policing program.


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