Home » messages from paul

Humbling Moments…

Submitted by on Wednesday, 24 April 2013One Comment
True Crime Author Denny Griffin

True Crime Author Denny Griffin

Last week I wrote about a radio show that I did. It was Denny Griffin’s show, We Knowa Guy Radio. There was a special surprise guest on that show, Frank Cullotta. I mentioned that I was flattered that Frank would take the time to be on the show with me. It was very humbling for me that he was there. Ever since I started my pursuit of having Larry Neumann named as the killer of my father and Patricia Freeman, I have had many humbling moments. Yesterday was no exception.

I had sent out two books as a way of saying thank you for the help that I received from Carol Marin and Don Moseley. I can’t begin to tell you how instrumental they were in my campaign in naming Larry Neumann as the murderer of my father and Pat. When I reached out to the co-author of the book CULLOTTA, Denny Griffin, he had mentioned he had news contacts in Chicago. At the time I didn’t ask him who his contacts were, I was hoping that it was Carol Marin. The reason was that I admired her and respected her. For whatever reason as a kid I took the interest in watching the news at a young age. It was Carol Marin that I would watch. And if you want to talk Chicago politics or about the Chicago Outfit she is an expert in both. When Denny got back to me and said that his Chicago contacts were interested in talking to me I was excited. Then when he told me it was Carol Marin, I was just floored. Not only was I impressed with Denny’s contact, I knew my father’s story was going to be told by the best.

Carol Marin NBC 5 News Chicago

Carol Marin NBC 5 News Chicago

My point of contact to get the story told was Don Moseley. He is the producer for Carol Marin. I remember they wanted to meet us at the bar, the PM Pub, but it was no longer there. It was a very old building, and the city of Lakemoor took it over and they used it as their parking lot. However that’s where Holly and I were told to meet them. It was cold out that day in November of 2008. I remember being excited and nervous about doing the interview. As Holly and I were cruising down route 120 we could see that they were already there. I was so excited I don’t even remember the introductions but that they had to be warm because I was quickly at ease.

I had a London Fog coat that kept me nice and warm but I took it off and put it in Holly’s car. I was so concerned with everything and that included my appearance. I didn’t want to be perceived as looking weak because I was cold. I think everybody thought that I was a little strange. It was obviously cold out and everybody was wearing coats, I should have been wearing my coat to. We walked around were the bar used to be and then we went across the street by the lake. Lily Lake as the backdrop was not something that I would have recommended but if you look at the interview it worked out rather well. We filmed for about 45 minutes. Afterwards, I was going to take Don and Carol to see the old Al Capone’s house that was near my old house, but they didn’t have time.

Cullotta: Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness

Cullotta: Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness

From there on I was in contact with Don trying to figure out when our interview was going to air. There were a few delays. The Sheriff’s office was trying to get their act together so they can make a statement. Our governor was trying to sell President Barrack Obama’s Senate Seat and got caught. It finally did air in December 2008.

When it did air, I believe that to be the moment of my official launch in my pursuit of justice. If you’re talking business, the most critical moment of your product or your service is its launch. I could not have asked for a better launch of my campaign. On one level, Carol asked an obvious question, was a small town mob murder covered up? But that obviously asked question gave me a large arrow to put in my quiver. It allowed me to put on the table the Sheriff’s office connection to the Chicago Outfit. Since it was Carol Marin then had asked the question, it gave me the credibility to ask it to. It was Carol Marin and Don Moseley that set the pace for this campaign. I will forever be so grateful to them both because if it wasn’t for them, naming Larry Neumann is the killer would have been so much harder.

When my book was released, one of the first things that I did was to inscribe a book each for Carol and Don. They were both on vacation so I had a coordinate a date that I could send them the book, so they would have it when they both got back. I received a thank you email from them both. I’m going to share with you the email that was sent to me by Carol Marin.

 

Paul,

Thanks very much for sending us your book.

And for so generously mentioning us…..But the credit for keeping this case alive in behalf of justice all goes to you. And to Holly.

We are grateful to have played any part at all.

One of your lovely tributes is to Susan Murphy-Milano….She would have loved it.  As you probably know, she lost her battle with cancer late last year.  But she fought the fight for justice and against violence.

Best wishes to you on the success of this book.

Your father without doubt is proud.

Take care,

Carol

 

Now you know why in my life I’m so fortunate to have these humbling moments. Thank you ever so much and again, Carol Marin and Don Moseley.

If you can take the time, take a look at the interview that kicked it all off. I am so proud of this interview but what makes it more special, is Don and Carol both told me that they are very proud of it to. Here’s the link, enjoy!

http://www.mchenrycounty1981.com/archives/2009/01/the-murder-of-ron-scharff-and-patricia-freeman-nbc-news-interview/

 

Be Sociable, Share!

One Comment »

  • keith bettinger says:

    Paul,
    That is great praise from Carol Marin. She is correct on many fronts:
    * You have led the fight to name Neumann as your father’s killer.
    * Your research into the mob and connections to your Dad’s murder is impeccable.

    However, without the help of Denny Griffin, Frank Cullotta, Carol Marin, and Don Mosely, it never would have happened.

    Our book, Murder in McHenry has been sent to Amazon for Kindle and will be available to the public in a few days.

    Keith Bettinger

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.