Lost Innocence: The Murders of the Grimes Sisters: Part 2
On January 22, 1957, a driver found what appeared to be two mannequins on German Church Road near Willow Springs in unincorporated Cook County.
Further investigation revealed that the mannequins were actually the bodies of Barbara and Patricia Grimes.
The teenage sisters had been missing from Chicago’s Southwest Side neighborhood for over three weeks.
They went to see an Elvis movie and never got home.
Chicago historian Rich Lindbergh said, “There was a lot of pressure on police officials in Cook County and the city of Chicago. “This was the kind of case that the police had to solve.”
Investigators quickly tracked down suspect Benny Bedwell, a castaway from Tennessee who worked as a dishwasher on Chicago’s West Side.
Witnesses told police they saw Bedwell with girls on West Madison Street. Bedwell later said he falsely admitted to killing the girls to stop the police beatings.
From there, the trail got cold.
But in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in tracking clues and information, thanks to a Facebook group launched by former police officer Ray Johnson. Johnson, Mark Wicks, and other group members believe they have unearthed important information that will help reveal what happened to the girls.
Through their investigation, they learned that four teenage men were questioned by police after the girls were found.
The boys, nearly 35, have admitted they were drinking in the car the night the sisters went missing.th Streets and Archer Avenue the girls might have passed on their way home from the movies. Johnson later discovers new information that may strengthen the bond between the boys and the Grimes sisters.
The information was turned over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
However, it is not clear what the investigators did with Reed.
“If you know something like this and you find this information, it needs to be shared and someone has to act on it,” Wicks said.
Wicks grew up in Brighton Park and has conducted extensive research into the case after joining Johnson’s group.
“And that’s what bothers me — along with all the people at the Cook County Sheriff’s Department that I shared this with, they didn’t follow through as they said,” Wicks said. Said.
Cook County Sheriff’s Police confirmed information provided by Johnson, Wicks and others. But officials told WGN there was not enough evidence to make an arrest.
approaching wednesday, part 3 It tells the story of a former Chicago police detective who believes he has uncovered key evidence that will help him solve a case.
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