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Re: “The Last Hours of William O'Neal

Randi Kamp posted: "He didn't regret what he did. He was so lost. He even said he didn't have an allegiance to the panthers and that he looked up to the FBI."

It's clearly not as simple as that, even according to Kamp's own cited source ('neal.html). Pay attention to questions 28, 31 and 32, rather than just question 40 as Kamp has. This man was clearly tortured, and very much in denial. To bring it back to another commenter's observation, do you blame Judas for Jesus' death? Or rats (the literal kind) for the Black Plague in London?

As a white guy in Canada who engaged in many of the same criminal behaviours that pre-FBI O'Neal did, I was never forced to choose between betraying others and (let's be honest) being raped in my ass. I was twice convicted of burglary ("break, enter and theft" in Canadian legalese), and never served a day in jail. Many other times, as a juvenile, I drove right past cops in stolen cars. They never pulled me over once, and probably never even typed in the plates, because I have what Paul Mooney calls "The Master Card" (A.K.A. white privilege).

I'm not overly sympathetic to rats (the other kind this time), but dammit, I'm not gonna judge a young Black man in the midst of a de facto race war for being targeted by Amerikkka as an "informant". I'm also not gonna judge him for not being able to fully accept what he did. The interview Kamp points to is not the picture of a remorseless monster, but of a tortured man on death row, unbeknownst to everyone but himself.

Posted by Kitcisipi Euro-Settler on 06/14/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “The Last Hours of William O'Neal

Oops! Typo; "BPP" not "BOP"

Posted by Miss Lady on 05/14/2017 at 2:19 AM

Re: “The Last Hours of William O'Neal

Opps...Typo! "BOP" should read "BPP".

Posted by Miss Lady on 05/14/2017 at 2:15 AM

Re: “The Last Hours of William O'Neal

I remember meeting Oneals uncle a few years back while at home in Chicago. We were talikng about the community and how I miss the BOP and so forth. Then the uncle began to share about his nephew. The nephew was mentally unstable. He suspected bipolare/ manic depression. But it was never diagnosed, however, he knew he was extremely troubled. He went on to share his nephew's youth when he became an informant and quilt ate at him. He recalls the incident as written in the above article.
As I listened with heartfelt amazement to this story...I never imanged I would meet anyone so close to the man who led the FBI to murder Bro. Hampton and Clark, as they were surprisingly awaken with unexpected gunfire.
What is even more ironic, I just had conversion about meeting the uncle of Oneal and him sharing his last fellowship with his troubled nephew.
Watching the Netflix "The Black Panthers Party" biopic led me to this page. Deja vu research on an organization that impacted my life with a continuing surge of positivity as a young adult.

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Posted by Miss Lady on 05/14/2017 at 2:07 AM

Re: “A Conservatory, a Zoo, and 12,000 Corpses

How ironic is that Barack Obama's Presidential Library is only a few blocks away from 12,000 corpses which happen at a rate of 4,000 per year!

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Posted by Van Scheurich on 05/02/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “History: The Hard-Knock Life

Would like contact with families whose relatives were at Angel Guardian 1900-1906. My G'mother was 6 when she arrived at AGO. Until the day she died at 76, she still cried about the abuse. Thanks!

Posted by Jone Carlson on 04/25/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “History: The Hard-Knock Life

I was at Angel Guardian Orphanage when I was in 5th grade. I only spent about 5 mos. there, because when my mother found out that the three of us kids were there, she came and got us out and took us out of State to my grandmother's. It was my grandfather on my dad's side who suggested to my dad that he institutionalize us there, and I think he helped pay for it as well.
The Sisters in my house were Sister Mary Teresa, a very hateful nun, and Sister Mary Sylvester, a very old and compassionate nun.
My nightmares started there and lasted for many years into my late teens and occasionally into my 20's. I would not wish this experience on anyone! And if I could, I would house all the girls there now, if it is still functioning.
My little brother had to wait till he was 3 to be allowed in there, but he made it about 2 months before our being permanently removed. !In the morning we were awakened by the sound of the shades being pulled up so the sun would shine in, and by the time the nun had made her rounds of the dormitory, we had to have our bed made and be in getting ourselves ready for the day. If you were old enough, you had a little sister you were responsible for. We were also required to set our hair 'every' night! And baths were twice a week. There were 1 tub, and 4 showers for all 28 girls.

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Posted by Alice-Annette Schultz on 03/24/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “History: The Hard-Knock Life

I am looking for Betsy Waffle for my mom. She was good friends with her before and after she went into the orphanage. They lost touch when her dad was transferred. If anyone can help me please email me

Posted by Noteboom on 03/05/2017 at 7:18 AM

Re: “The Last Hours of William O'Neal

WhatamiMissingHere, this article is from 1990. Today he would be 67 years old, and so 23 at the time of the betrayal and 40 at his death.

Posted by Jennifer on 02/08/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Urban Legends/ Who Saw Homey the Clown?

I remember it all! October 1991 on the south side of Chicago I was walking by myself down da street around alot of traffic the god honest true a blue dull van with stickers on it parked on the side street daytime homey da clown in his suit walked behind his van opened both van doors and stared me down giving an evil vibe I looked back at him and turn around and ran home and told my moma true story that's no urban legend the guy was really targeting children at the time I was scared It felt like a dark presents revealed.

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Posted by shadow truth 91 on 11/26/2016 at 6:47 PM

Re: “The Last Hours of William O'Neal

It must be hard coping with being a traitor to your own race. It's best that he did kill himself but I doubt that he actually did.

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Posted by Moon Child on 10/27/2016 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Learning the Hard Way

The worse school in the world nothing but illegals and 99% of them are Latin King gangbangers and they will harass or bully students that live outside their area.

Posted by Daniel Oswold Cobblepot on 10/10/2016 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Urban Legends/ Who Saw Homey the Clown?

I see the legend of Homey is alive and well!

I went to Inter American Magnet School near Clark and Belmont (class of '96). Homey was seen a couple times there. I never spotted him, but other kids saw his white van. The teachers took it somewhat seriously, which added to the mystery for those of us who were unsure. One kid explained that Homey was the leader of a large gang. He had many body guards.

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Posted by Homey The Clown on 10/07/2016 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Urban Legends/ Who Saw Homey the Clown?

Years after and Hommie The Clown is back with his helpers now.
Not funny at all i'm from wicker park been hear all my life i'm 32 i was 9 back then i clearle remmember children and techer talking about this and pernts in the park i whent to Anderson School manny may recall it in ther mine this school back in time had Monkey bars type of a rocket ship that was one of my play places and also wicker park and Ecker park ther was a time during school doring recess i saw this van and a clown in side no joke manny kids saw it and just perelize he wave at us front seat he had bollons don't recall wich colors but he had bollons second time saw him in Ecker park saw him ther to he wave at the kids from inside his van thrid time saw him in wicker park that day was no fun al all it was almost nite time about 9pm before park close dad distracted pents talking kids playing for some reson candy on the floor leading you to a white cargo type van windows painted black man dress in clow suit whith black eyes very dark strong look his smile was charming but that look just gave you the chills he had white gloves leather type big red shues with blue laices hus suit that day was red with multy color circles and from far he said
"Homey don't play that halloween is comeing" then stated to laugh very strange laugh this
Homey The Clown wish was legend but his real shit, cops din't even care to find and close the case on him, he was very quick to hide change cloth wating to perents to get distracted manny people joked about it,
manny pernts din't see him maybe just the van
In school kids talk that at night this clown pass by ther house and just look at them by the window when they told ther pernts they saw some thing this clown jus desapier some times candy was left in the door way leding to where he was park. I have to abmit that one time he did chase me from school i use to walk home at that age perents working took care of my self he could not catch me but saw he had something in his hand like a white cloth now i know that cloth had probably had something to put to sleep or some thing. Well that was my live leving story of this suppost legent.

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Posted by LEVING SURVIVER on 10/06/2016 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Urban Legends/ Who Saw Homey the Clown?


Posted by Coco Toblessedtobstressed on 10/05/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Urban Legends/ Who Saw Homey the Clown?

I remember this just like yesterday I was in the 6th grade at goodlow magnet school on the south side of Chicago . Homey clown was there with his white van chasing kids school was by the woods an railroad tracks .. one day all I heard was he's here the whole school start hauling ass down the streets I was so outta breathe plus by me having asthma didn't make it any better .. I heard he caught some kids .

Posted by readableyes on 10/05/2016 at 8:07 AM

Re: “History: The Hard-Knock Life

My name is Tom Lovejoy, I entered AGO in 1961 as a 3 year old baby during the Kennedy years. My brother and two sisters were all at AGO at one time. We were told in later years by caseworkers, that we were taken by the state from my mom and dads apartment, after our dad couldn't hold a job because of his alcoholism, my dad would abuse my mom according to my older brother and sisters.I was at AGO for nearly 9 years, it has always and will forever, be a big part youth and my life.

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Posted by Tom Lovejoy on 09/16/2016 at 12:00 AM

Re: “A Son of Sun

see our blogs?

Posted by huh? on 09/07/2016 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Pulling Up Anchor on Jewish Devon

Devon was "the Magnificent Mile"? Never heard that one and I lived in the area from 1956-64. I don't think people were quite that provincial.

Posted by burnout on 08/09/2016 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Emotional Baggage

Marie James was my mother. I just found out recently.
I believe the book was written for me.

Posted by Rebecca Coviello on 08/08/2016 at 9:25 AM