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Monday, July 26, 2004
What a Neighborhood
So Friday I got off of work at 4:00 PM and went straight home to pick up Pip. Pip and I were going to meet Tela and the wife at the dog park. On the way to the park, about a block away from my house I saw several cop cars, marked cars as well as narcs. I also noticed a crowd of people gathered on the corner. This was definitely not an old person having a heart attack…..
From the Chicago Tribune:
Police on Saturday charged a 40-year-old man with murder in the stabbing death of an Evanston man with whom he lived.Ernst Thomas Wagner appeared in Bond Court in Skokie on Saturday and was charged with one count of first-degree murder, said Evanston Police Detective Jeff Jamraz.Wagner's bail was set at $500,000 and he is scheduled to reappear on Monday, said Sally Daly, Cook County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.William Strong, 67, of the 1800 block of Brummel Street was found with multiple stab wounds in the home the men shared.Strong was killed Friday at 3:30 p.m., Jamraz said.Strong's death was a ruled a homicide, according to a Cook County medical examiner's spokesman.Nora Rucker, a neighbor, said the street was quiet Friday, as it normally is. "I did not hear screams, yelling, slamming doors or anything," said Rucker, who was in her back yard when she heard police sirens racing toward Strong's home.Police said Wagner had lived with Strong about 8 years.Rucker said she occasionally saw Strong, a longtime resident on the block, sitting in his home with the curtains open watching television or reading.Strong was a foreign language teacher in the Niles Township High School District 219 from the early 1960s until his retirement in the late 1980s or early 1990s, said Ed Noyes, director of the social studies department at Niles West and Niles North High Schools."It's a tragedy," said the suspect's father, Ernst Wagner.Family members said "Little Ernie" studied art briefly in college and had worked in construction and as an electrician. He was diagnosed in the mid-1990s with manic depression and schizophrenia and was taking medication for it."He was definitely not a violent person at all," said his stepmother, Brigitte Wagner.Ernst Wagner said he did not know how Strong and his son met, but said his son lived in Strong's basement, which he remodeled himself, and did odd jobs around the home--mostly yardwork and home repairs.His son's most recent project was growing flowers in an old clawfoot bathtub in Strong's back yard, said Wagner, who last saw his son several weeks ago when he came to pick up the tub at his father's house.
Shit. Probably should have thought twice about having a manic depressive/schizophrenic living in your basement. I love my neighborhood.
With Pip and Tela, I don't suppose you have much to worry about.