Joe Gliniewicz, a police officer who initially appeared to be a martyr under the Fox Lake police department, is now viewed as a betrayer. On September 1st, Joe Gliniewicz was reported dead when his body was found severely wounded at a corn field. During the alleged crime, Joe Gliniewicz was shot twice, once on his bulletproof vest (which protected him) and another time around his torso. The dilemma, however, was that it wasn't very clear who pulled the trigger, due to the fact that the only piece of evidence found at the crime scene was his gun. Not only that, but a source in the investigation said that it wasn't clear who actually fired the gun. Additionally, after 150 investigators spent 25 hours looking into the case, they couldn't find any trace of a plausible killer. As a result, there was a possibility that what appeared to be a homicide, might actually have been a self-inflicted death.
After further investigation, investigators recently found out that Joe had been participating in money laundering and had been stealing money from a police department program that helped kids become law enforcement officers. Joe had stolen up to 50,000 dollars and was using the money on "personal expenses, including mortgage payments, gym memberships, vacations and adult websites" (Source). Joe, however, finally decided to kill himself when he hit problems with new management that scrutinized his Explorers fund. He expresses in a text to an anonymous individual, "If she gets ahold of the old checking account, I'm pretty well f***ed" (Source). As a result, George Filenko, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander, could confidently say on Wednesday that, “George did alter the placement of his equipment at the scene in attempt to mislead first responders and investigators to believe this was a homicide" (Source).
Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said that, "I think he knew there was the possibility of incarceration and his view in the community would be greatly diminished" (Source). Joe was not only trying to protect his reputation, but his family's reputation as well. Do you think that Joe's decision to fake his death was justified in order to protect his reputation and along with his family’s reputation? People who invested money in the program that Joe stole from want their money back. Do you believe they are entitled to the stolen money they had invested? Should there be some form of compensation? What do you think?!
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