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Police Torture

John Conroy's chronicles of Police Torture in Chicago

  1. House of Screams

    Torture by Electroshock: Could it happen in a Chicago police station? Did it happen at Area 2?

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    "House of screams"

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  2. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    3. Knew About It

  3. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    2. Other accused officers

  4. The Police Torture Scandals: A Who's Who

    Since the first reports of Chicago police torture surfaced a quarter century ago the list has swelled to nearly 200 cases involving dozens of public employees--and still no one has been prosecuted. Now, with the results of a four-year, multimillion dollar

  5. Who Said What When

  6. 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.

  7. Blind Justices?

    The prosecutors who sent police torture victims to prison are now the judges who keep them there.

  8. The Good Cop

    Detective Frank Laverty did the right thing--and paidfor it for years.

  9. Confessions of a Torturer

    An Army Interrogator's Story

  10. Twenty Questions

    Lawyers for police torture victims are trying to get Mayor Daley on the stand. We've got a few things to ask him too.

  11. Follow-Up: 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.

  12. Police Torture: 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Police Torture in Chicago

    An archive of articles by John Conroy on police torture and related issues

  15. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    4. Buried It

  16. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    5. Took the Fifth (Or Intend To)

  17. 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?

  18. The Shocking Truth

    After insisting for years that Andrew Wilson was never tortured by police, why is the city now insisting that he was?

  19. Credit Where It's Due

  20. Poison in the System

    Darrell Cannon's upcoming hearing will include testimony by a parade of men who claim they were tortured by detectives in Area Two. Why won't the police department confront its demons?

  21. Pure Torture

    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.

  22. Annals of Police Torture: 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.

  23. 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 freedom to drop claims of torture, defense attorneys suggest a prosecutor to go over his head.

  24. Deaf to the Screams

    The next state's attorney to investigate police torture in Chicago will be the first.

  25. Torturers' Logic

    All over the world, torturers have one thing in common: they think they're doing the right thing.

  26. The Mysterious Third Device

  27. 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.

  28. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    7. Can Do Something About It

  29. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    6. Didn't Take the Fifth

  30. The Police Torture Scandal: A Who's Who

    1. The Ringleader: Jon Burge