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Five questions for media darling Callahan

Post on : 4 Apr, 2014 | Comments (0)
Michale Callahan, left, and Herb Whitlock shake hands after Whitlock was released from prison.
Michale Callahan, left, and Herb Whitlock shake hands after Whitlock was released from prison.

Former Illinois State Police detective Michale Callahan was portrayed on CBS’ 48 Hours and various other media outlets as a “whistleblower” who uncovered corruption in the investigation of the unsolved 1986 Paris murders.

The truth is he was more of a bumbler than a crusader for justice. As far as I can tell, he never got a tough question from any of the media outlets who interviewed him. Here are a few we wish he would answer.

(1) Why didn’t you alert any law enforcement supervisors in January 2001 when you learned a potential witness could place Herb Whitlock, Ovid Chambers and others at the scene of the crime in the Rhoads’ murders?

(2) Why did you say Herb Whitlock should be considered “a viable suspect” in May 2000 and then never explain why you dropped that belief soon afterwards?

(3) Why did you say on national television that you didn’t believe there was any possible drug selling motive between Whitlock and the victims when the record clearly shows that Whitlock was selling cocaine to Dyke Rhoads and his friends?

(4) Why do you continue to suggest successful Paris entrepreneur and businessman Bob Morgan has involvement in the Paris murders after Morgan passed two voluntary polygraphs and answered all questions from law enforcement authorities without any lawyers present? Is it because you locked in on a theory early on and it has been proven completely wrong and you don’t want to concede your error?

(5) Do you buy your friend Bill Clutter’s theory that the Paris murders were committed by a serial killer/contract mob hit man who was escorted to his hotel hours before the murders by a Paris policeman?

If we hear from Callahan, we’ll post his answers.

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