Judge Allows Twice Convicted Cop Killer Bond
“Cars in 6 and units on citywide, 10-1, 2 officers shot at 81st and Morgan. First units on the scene advise.”
That call was broadcast on Chicago’s citywide police radio at 2:00 p.m. on February 9, 1982. Officers Richard O’Brien and William Fahey were shot during a traffic stop at 81st and Morgan. Officer O’Brien died soon after the shooting and Officer Fahey died the following morning.
The back story:
Officer James E. Doyle, 34, was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect on a bus on February 5th, 1982. He and his partner were alerted to the suspect by the victim. After locating and boarding the bus, Doyle was shot in the head. The offender shot at and missed the second officer who returned fire and wounded the assailant. Officer Doyle died at 79th and Lafayette on a filthy CTA bus that day.
Days later, as the offender was convalescing in Cermak Hospital, a branch of Cook County Jail, the Wilson brothers, Jackie and Andrew, devised a plan to break him out.
While the brothers were en-route to the hospital, two officers returning from Officer Boyle’s funeral, stopped the men for a traffic violation.
During this stop, the officers attempted to handcuff the brothers when one of the Wilson’s grabbed Officer Fahey’s .357 Magnum revolver and shot him in the head. The gunman then turned on Officer O’Brien, shooting him in the chest, hip and arm. Witnesses reported that the shooter executed him as he lay on the ground helplessly trying to crawl under the squad car for protection. Officer O’Brien died later that day. Officer Fahey died Wednesday.
The dead officers’ guns were taken during this heinous incident and officers serving a search warrant subsequently recovered both weapons. The getaway car used by the pair was also recovered Saturday, parked across the street from the brothers’ home. Police said the car had apparently been hidden in a garage for two days following the shootings.
Quotes from the Wilson brothers to friends: “We just burned two cops. If you don’t believe us read the newspapers.”
Jackie Wilson was arrested after an informant told a minister at Wilson’s church he thought the man was hiding out in an abandoned Southside apartment building.
Andrew Wilson had been seized a few hours earlier in a basement apartment on the Westside
Andrew Wilson, 29, and Jackie F. Wilson, 21, were charged in the Fahey and O’Brien murders. Both brothers were convicted of murdering two Chicago police officers and sentenced to death.
On January 10, 2003, the governor at the time, George Ryan, commuted their capital punishment sentences to life in prison, along with 164 other murderers. (Governor George Ryan was later convicted for a slew of criminal actions and sentenced to prison.)
The Wilson brothers were convicted a second time in a retrial, the first being decried as unfair.
In a civil trial, Andrew Wilson won a million dollar verdict after a jury found that he was “tortured” by arresting officers. He subsequently died in prison a millionaire murderer.
In another explosive decision, Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks recently found the need for a third trial for Jackie Wilson.
Judge Hooks, with a history of questionable decisions, determined that Jackie Wilson was not a “danger to the community” and has set him free after ordering a new trial for this twice-convicted cop killer.
After thirty-six years, the families of Officers Fahey and O’Brien will once more be subjected to the nightmares of their loved-ones being murdered.
I cannot adequately describe to you, the reader, what emotions I felt when I heard this disgusting revelation. I was first appalled and nauseous, then confused and finally angered. Has our criminal justice system become fully compromised of police haters? Are there any decent and fair minded judges left, or have they all transformed to left-leaning, police hating activists?
To all my police brothers and sisters out there, lock and load and protect one another. As always, stay safe.
Larry Casey, sergeant (ret.), Chicago Police Department, Criminal Justice Professor, Wilbur Wright College. You can view his website StoriesofaChicagoPoliceOfficer for more information and review his book by the same name.