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The Grimes Sisters Murders: Part 1

Innocence Lost: The Grimes Sisters Murders: Part 1

It’s one of many oldest and most notorious chilly instances in Cook County.

The night of Dec. 28, 1956, two sisters left their house within the metropolis’s Brighton Park neighborhood.

Barbara and Patricia Grimes had been large followers of Elvis Presley and had begged their mom to allow them to see the singer’s first film, “Love Me Tender,” on the close by Brighton Theater. It’s believed they watched two showings of the movie, then left for house.

But they by no means made it.

The women’ disappearance triggered a large manhunt. Police had been flooded with suggestions however not one of the leads led them to the sisters.

It wasn’t till greater than three weeks had handed {that a} motorist noticed their bare our bodies in a wooded space close to Devil’s Creek in Willow Springs in unincorporated Cook County.

WGN News spent months trying into the unsolved case. Hundreds of pages of paperwork had been reviewed and quite a few investigators and other people conversant in the matter had been interviewed, together with Theresa Grimes, the women’ final remaining sibling.

“We were a poor family,” she mentioned. “My mother worked hard for us. She said she didn’t have to worry about us being kidnapped because we were poor. Little did she know what would happen.”

The women’ loss of life marked the second time in a year that kids had been kidnapped and killed in Chicago.

In 1955, the Schuessler-Peterson boys disappeared, additionally after seeing a film. The our bodies of Robert Peterson and John and Anton Schuessler had been later found in a ditch in a forest protect on the town’s Northwest Side. Like the Grimes women, they had been additionally unclad, main investigators on the time to suspect the 2 instances had been linked.

Observers say Chicago was by no means the identical after these high-profile murders of youngsters. 

“Now, we lock our doors,” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart mentioned. “Now, we know where our kids are at. It does seem to most everyone that this was the tipping point that changed our society.”

Coming up Tuesday, Part 2 will inform the story two males, together with a former police officer, who’ve spent years reviewing the case and imagine they’ve uncovered new, groundbreaking leads and knowledge.  

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