Murder in McHenry
Sun, 01/4/09 – 1:03 am | 6 Comments

On the morning of June 2, 1981, two people were found shot to death in the living room of an apartment at the rear of the P.M. Pub, located at 238 West Rand Road in Lakemoor, Illinois.

The victims were the tavern’s owner, 37-year-old Ronald Scharff , and barmaid Patricia Freeman, who had worked her first shift at the bar the previous evening. Lakemoor is situated about 45 miles northwest of Chicago and was a community of around 800 at the time.

These were the first reported homicides there since its incorporation in 1952.

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The First Dark Day
Sun, 05/10/09 – 12:24 pm | 17 Comments
The First Dark Day

This week I wrote about the first couple of days after Larry Neumann killed my father and Patricia Freeman. I had some immediate struggles trying to comprehend what happened to my dad. You will sense the fears that I had moving forward with my life. I did not even know how I was going to move forward or what I was going to be working with. When I write about those days back then, I feel sad for that little boy!

June 1st, 1981 and Before
Sun, 05/3/09 – 9:59 pm | 11 Comments
June 1st, 1981 and Before

This week I wrote about what things were like before June 2nd, 1981. Before Larry Neumann murdered my father Ron Scharff and his barmaid Patricia Freeman in my father’s tavern in Lakemoor, IL.

What Is The Purpose of McHenry County 1981 and Why Should We Care?
Sun, 04/26/09 – 8:45 am | No Comment
What Is The Purpose of McHenry County 1981 and Why Should We Care?

Paul Scharff, the eldest son of Ron Scharff, who was murdered in Lakemoor, Illinois in June of 1981 along with his employee Patricia Freeman, gives his thoughts on why the public should care about this case and what the purpose of the efforts are around the McHenry County 1981 group and web site.

Simon Barrett: Ronald Scharff & Patricia Freeman – A Cold Case Once Again?
Tue, 04/14/09 – 6:37 pm | No Comment
Simon Barrett:  Ronald Scharff & Patricia Freeman – A Cold Case Once Again?

Simon Barrett from The Bloggers News Network has written an article today talking about his discussions with McHenry County Sheriff about the current activity around the Scharff case. According to Barrett, they have scaled resources back to 2 officers handling the case – though its not clear how much time they are spending on it as nothing seems to have been done. Read Simons take on the case and his conversations with the McHenry County Sheriff.

Paul and Holly On Dennis Griffin’s BlogTalk Radio Show April 15 at 8pm.
Mon, 04/13/09 – 6:13 am | 2 Comments
Paul and Holly On Dennis Griffin’s BlogTalk Radio Show April 15 at 8pm.

On April 15th at 8 PM CT, Paul Scharff and Holly Hager will be guests on Dennis Griffin’s Blog Talk Radio Show, Las Vegas and the Mob.

They will be talking about the Ron Scharff/Patricia Freeman murder case and its current status. If you would like to call in and ask any questions, you can by dialing (646) 478-0982.

JOHN L. SMITH: Some wiseguys were killers while others really lived to kill
Thu, 02/19/09 – 6:21 am | No Comment
JOHN L. SMITH: Some wiseguys were killers while others really lived to kill

Frank Cullotta was interviewed again by John L. Smith for an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal. The article discusses Larry Neumann, the killer of Ron Scharff and Patricia Freeman, and his ability to scare gangsters and cops alike with his propensity to kill.

Mobster’s biographer scoops clueless Illinois detectives, fingers 1981 killer
Mon, 02/16/09 – 6:25 am | No Comment
Mobster’s biographer scoops clueless Illinois detectives, fingers 1981 killer

Dennis Griffin and Frank Cullotta were interviewed by John L. Smith for an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal. The articles discusses the book Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness and the impact it has on the investigation of my father and Patricia Freeman’s murder in Lakemoor, Illinois in June of 1981.

Frank Cullotta and Dennis Arnoldy talk about the 1981 Murders of Ron Scharff and Patricia Freeman
Fri, 01/9/09 – 11:31 pm | No Comment
Frank Cullotta and Dennis Arnoldy talk about the 1981 Murders of Ron Scharff and Patricia Freeman

In this video interview, Denny Griffin talks to Frank Cullotta, former lieutenant to Tony Spilotro turned government witness, and Dennis Arnoldy, former FBI Agent who debriefed Cullotta about his involvement in the Spilotro gang, about the 1981 murders of Ron Scharff and Patricia Freeman in Lakemoor, Illinois. Frank and Dennis also talk about why Frank brought this murder up to the McHenry County Police during the time he was being debriefed. Denny Griffin co-authored the book “Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness” with Frank Cullotta.

Who was Larry Neumann?
Thu, 01/8/09 – 5:07 am | 3 Comments
Who was Larry Neumann?

Who is Larry Neumann? Denny Griffin, the man who co-authored the book Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness with Frank Cullotta, provides this profile.

Also includes other links to information about Neumann we have found in our searches.
Paul Scharff and and Holly Hager appearing on Blog Talk Radio on January 5
Sun, 01/4/09 – 2:48 am | No Comment
Paul Scharff and and Holly Hager appearing on Blog Talk Radio on January 5

Paul Scharff and Holly Hager will be appearing on Dennis Griffiin’s Blog Talk Radio show on January 5 at 7:00pm central time. Paul and Holly will explain the current status of their efforts to close the 27 year old murder case of Paul’s father and Patricia Freeman and get the killer, Larry Neumann, officially named.