Sherman H. Skolnick
| WHO IS THE BLACKMAILER?|
by Sherman H.
Some persons, places, and entities would like a more
simple world. Where everything about them is on one computer hard drive.
And to start out fresh in the 21st Century, they could just click on "Delete"
and have all their dirty laundry simply go to the "trash bin".
Then they would have one last chance to decide if they want, for some reason,
to keep this detrimental data. And then, after some head scratching they
press "Delete" for the "trash bin" to be emptied and
the bad stuff, once and for all, expunged from history.
George Orwell in his book on total dictatorship, "1984",
must have had something like this in mind.
The city fathers of every big city would like to hit
the "Delete" key about their history, often scandal-scarred.
Something they would just like to permanently get lost. Some media empires
are no exception. We have told you in our stories about reporters who appear
to be tied to assassins. Those who after a political assassination, are
rewarded for their complicity. Those who sometime after a political assassination
that they played a part as a cover up, were rewarded by being propelled
into big-paying choice media positions.
An example is Dealey Plaza, Dallas, November 22, 1963.
At the time a not too well known reporter was Dan Rather. He was in the
shadows of the triple underpass bridge. He later claimed he was just there
holding a "grapefruit bag", media slang for a container for news
film to be picked up by a courier. He was just a few feet away from where
apparently some of the shots came from that were aimed point blank from
the front at President John F. Kennedy's head. As the presidential motorcade
approached the underpass, Dan Rather was the only one on the planet that
could look right into the death car to confirm that JFK was mortally wounded
by the cabal.
I gave the details to a populist newspaper that explored
the area 25 years after the fact and found an apparently unmentioned sewer
lid up on the embankment. Many circumstantial facts support the idea that
some of the shots came from there and the sewer was used to escape. Dan
Rather could not possibly have not seen what happened. He later became
White House correspondent and then, network TV news anchor face, rewarded
with millions of dollars per year.
Then relatively obscure Canadian journalist, Robert MacNeil,
JUST HAPPENED to be in the building where Lee Harvey Oswald was at the
time. And MacNeil's apparent complicity added to the fakery of Oswald as
the "lone assassin". MacNeil was rewarded with co-ownership of
the PBS program with Jim Lehrer, the News Hour. These are just a few examples.
There are presslords, such as in Chicago, who would like
their own dirty laundry to disappear.About 1930, when the Chicago Tribune
faced a strike by their workers, the Tribune hired a "labor consultant".
Guess who? Why, Al Capone, who nowadays would have been tagged as a "terrorist".
In 1986, when the Tribune likewise faced a strike, they brought in mafia
goons with attack dogs to rip the workers off the machines. Few, if any,
in the monopoly press said anything about this outrage used to break the
union and open the way for scabs at half the wage rate.
The Tribune would also like to click "Delete"
as to one of their prize reporters who was publicly executed about 1930,
Jake Lingle. Their reporter was blackmailing various criminal business
factions, reportedly with the connivance of the higher ups at the supposed
"World's Greatest Newspaper", the slogan for their radio and
TV stations in Chicago, WGN-TV and WGN Radio.
For years and years, Chicago, like other big cities,
was and is racked by in-fighting between competing criminal enterprises.
It is too simplistic to say it was just two warring "mafia" factions.
In the early 1930s, Chicago had two competing gangs fighting over the distribution
of illegal booze, just prior to the end of Prohibition. Mayor Anton Cermak,
part of a third gang of booze distributors, got in the middle and was shot
to death by an alleged "lone assassin" while Cermak was sitting
in 1933 next to President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Were the shots
also intended to pressure Roosevelt to declare an Emergency Bank Holiday
BEFORE rather than AFTER his Inauguration Day?)
Our work in the late 1960s and early 1970s sent Cermak's
son-in-law, Otto Kerner, Jr., to prison for bribery. At the time, Kerner
was former Illinois Governor and a sitting federal appeals judge in Chicago.
Kerner went on all the local media, including the Chicago Tribune, and
labeled me a "liar" to counter my public accusations. BUT, just
as I had publicly fingered him, Kerner was sent to prison and died an ex-convict.
[Kerner tried to stop me by getting his fellow crooked judges to try to
jail me for "contempt of court" but he did succeed in getting
the pressfakers to badmouth me as a "liar".]
In March, 2000, I put "on the air" a one-hour
public access Cable TV Show entitled "Who is a Blackmailer?"
with a political analyst as a guest. I fingered Chicago Tribune star reporter
and columnist, John Kass, as an apparent blackmailer. Kass has been in
the foreront of a Tribune campaign to scandalize, falsely I contend, the
family of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. On August 31, 1997, the Tribune
front-paged in their large circulation Sunday edition, alleging that the
father of Richie as he is called, namely Richard J. Daley, who was himself
Mayor for 21 years, was a "communist-sympathizer".
We had documents showing the Tribune story was a fraud.
On August 28, 1997, three days BEFORE the Tribune went to press with their
phony story, a heavily-armed, government Gestapo-like team, WITHOUT A SEARCH
WARRANT, stole our documents at gunpoint. [Part of the subject later of
five different lawsuits against the perpetrators and their bosses.]
After our March, 2000 TV Show about blackmailers, by
April, 2000 it was no longer much of a secret that the Tribune and John
Kass were reportedly simply rotten extortionists. [If injured or damaged
in any way by the Tribune, you cannot hope to ever successfully sue the
Tribune. They keep voluminous unpublished files on many judges for the
purpose of working a malign, if not corrupt, influence on state and federal
Kass and the Tribune were quite aware of us continuing
to finger him. So, as if it were a joke, he sheepishly admitted that he
was in some way linked to Edward R. Vrdolyak. [Chicago Tribune 4/19/2000].
Known as "Fast Eddie", Vrdolyak has a long history of reputed
So, insofar as there is any truth to Mayor Richard M.
Daley and his family having "mob" links, Kass and his apparent
crony "Fast Eddie" are an opposing gang. Fast Eddie was reportedly
implicated with dope laundry criminals in the Taco business. And implicated
reportedly with criminally-inclined car-grabbers among the corrupt police,
getting hold of good cars seized for the city car "concentration camp"
and reportedly later unlawfully sold. And reportedly implicated with a
city government doctor, business partner of Fast Eddie, in making erronous
medical reports for unwarranted sick leave for firemen and policemen, clients
of Fast Eddie's law firm.
And Fast Eddie has been reportedly tied to the criminal
element in the Chicago enclave of Cicero, long-headquarters for the underworld,
called Al Capone Land by some. The area, with a relatively small population,
has a bank with worldwide connections, First National Bank of Cicero. In
later years, the bank was the alter ego of the supposedly but not actually
defunct mysterious spy/assassination money laundry, Bank of Credit and
Commerce International, BCCI. Long-dominated by Bishop Paul Marcinkus,
originally from Cicero, and for many years he was head of the Vatican Bank,
the Cicero bank has changed its name several time to try to work off the
stink connected to its reputed criminal operations.
A few weeks after the airing of our TV show about blackmailers,
reportedly John Kass and the Tribune, a strange event took place. "A
gunman who shot at a south suburban newspaper owner last week fled the
scene in a car owned by former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak. Journals newspapers
executive Lee Anglin said Joseph Sallas, the man police suspect of the
shooting, had warned him not to write unflattering article about Vrdolyak."
[Chicago Sun-Times 4/18/2000.] The next day was the strange admission by
John Kass as to Fast Eddie.
In the 1980s, following an unsuccessful campaign to be
Chicago Mayor, Fast Eddie worked an apparently corrupt deal with the IRS
bosses in Chicago and Washington, to avoid criminal prosecution for apparent
massive tax evasion. About that time he publicly announced he is changing
from a Democrat to a Republican.
With the Fast Eddie/John Kass matter circulating, a whispering
campaign started, both at the Tribune Tower and in California. Reporters
and other employees of the Los Angeles Times, in process of being merged
with the Chicago Tribune, and expecting massive lay-offs, began circulating
details that the Tribune had a reputed blackmailer, John Kass, reportedly
tied to Fast Eddie and reputed criminal enterprises. One Tribune reporter
confided, "I am working on John Kass' obituary" [which by policy
is often written up in advance of ailing celebrities and such].
Is all this a replay of the public execution of Jake
The Tribune Company has become a mammoth operation. Traditionally
over the years, head of the parent firm has also been head of the conspiratorial
Federal Reserve District Bank in Chicago. As shown by U.S. Postal Service
mandatory annual financial disclosures, major owners of the Tribune are
members of the Rockefeller Family and British interests directly tied to
the Queen of England. Since the 19th Century, the Tribune got their Canadian
pulp and newsprint by way of a charter issued to them by the King of England.
Cynics say, they would like to see Tribune hotshot John
Kass joke his way out of this one.
Since 1958, Mr.Skolnick has been a court reformer. Since 1963,
founder/chairman, Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts, disclosing
certain instances of judicial and other bribery and political murders.
Since 1991 a regular panelist, and since 1995, moderator/producer, of
one-hour,weekly public access Cable TV Show, "Broadsides", Cablecast on
Channel 21, 9 p.m. each Monday in Chicago. For a heavy packet of printed
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Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts, Sherman H. Skolnick,
Chairman, 9800 South Oglesby Ave., Chicago IL 60617-4870. Office, 7
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