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 Murder of Ron Scharff and Patricia Freeman – NBC News Interview
Sun, 01/4/09 – 1:49 am | No Comment
The Murder of Ron Scharff and Patricia Freeman – NBC News Interview

Carol Marin of Channel 5 News (NBC Chicago) covered the story on the 10:00 news on December 19,2008.

Northwest Herald Front Page Article Featuring Scharff Case
Thu, 01/1/09 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Northwest Herald Front Page Article Featuring Scharff Case

The Northwest Herald covered the story with this front page article appearing in their January 1, 2009 issue.

“A Wonder Lake woman thinks she discovered who killed her father’s close friend and her former bus driver 27 years ago.”
A Mob Murder in McHenry County?
Sun, 12/21/08 – 9:31 am | No Comment

Cal Skinner, writer for the McHenry County Blog, posted the article A Mob Murder In McHenry County? on December 20, 2008

True Crime Book Brings Closure to a Victim’s Family in a 27-Year-Old Murder Case
Sat, 12/20/08 – 8:03 pm | No Comment
True Crime Book Brings Closure to a Victim’s Family in a 27-Year-Old Murder Case

Read the official press release that appeared on PRWeb on December 19, 2008.

The book that is talked about is Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness by Frank Cullotta and Dennis Griffin.
Tips Shed Light on 1981 Murder – Chicago Sun Times
Fri, 12/19/08 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Tips Shed Light on 1981 Murder – Chicago Sun Times

Carol Marin and Don Moseley article from the Chicago Sun Times.

“More than 27 years after a mob-related double murder in McHenry County, a little bit of digging by a 42-year old former baby-sitter has led authorities to reopen what was a very cold case.
Thanks to a little bit of digging by a former babysitter, Holly Hager, authorities have reopened what was a cold double-murder case in McHenry County.”