Not that I care about right-wing racists. But it seems I read somewhere about a presumption of innocence. Perhaps I'm wrong.
Anyway, it turns out that another individual who was holding a grudge left a suicide note that apparently reveals his having killed the judge's husband and mother. From Reuters:
It is going to be tough for some to relinquish the original story. It played so well into their stereotypes. White supremacist. Female judge. Harsh prison-time. Brutal revenge killing. Public outcry.
Man Says He Killed Chicago Judge's Family
By Michael Conlon
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man who committed suicide after a traffic stop left a note and other evidence indicating he killed the husband and mother of a federal judge in Chicago, but the case is not closed, police said on Thursday.
There is "plenty of information out there pointing to this individual as the offender," Chicago Police Superintendent Phil Cline told a news conference. The note the man left in his van indicated he was in the judge's home on the day of the Feb. 28 killings and he was among a number of people due to be questioned in the case, he added.
But Cline cautioned that the note alone "is not definitive evidence that we have our offender." He said it would be "premature" to implicate the man, Bart Ross, though other unidentified physical evidence found in his van also pointed to him as the murderer.
Ross, 57, shot himself in the head after he was stopped on Wednesday evening in a Milwaukee suburb for driving a vehicle with tail lights that were not working. (link)
Shoot, I still see a made-for-tv movie in it. Oprah Winfrey as the judge. Little Richard plays her wheelchair-bound husband. Michael Moore as the white racist. And we'd need a gay guy. For some reason. Hmmm. This could be big.