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Evil People Often Flourish: Terrible Tommy O’Connor Stood Up the Gallows

Roses are red and violets are purple
 Sugar is sweet and so is maple surple
Well I’m the seventh out of seven sons
My pappy’s a pistol, I’m a son-of-a-gun
 Well, dang me, dang me
They oughta take a rope and hang me
High from the highest tree
 Woman, would you weep for me?
Dang Me by Roger Miller

 “... and the cops were looking cautiously, in all the wrong corners, for Terrible Tommy O’Connor” - Nelson Algren Chicago, City on the Make

Tommy Touhy, who hung out with Darling Dave O’Connor at a saloon on Hoyne and Madison Streets in the Valley, boasted openly about providing the two guns for Tommy O’Connor’s fabulous escape from prison. He even claimed that he had engineered the entire incident. However, another story was that the guns were smuggled into the jail by way of a pork chop sandwich. The guns were intended for another prisoner, but the jail’s cook, William Fogarty, a convict himself, gave the weapons to Tommy’s cellmate, a man named Charles McDermott.

Since it was a Sunday the prisoners were allowed to walk in the yard for their exercise. The guard on duty in the yard was David Strause who later reported that LaPorte and O’Connor stood up close to him while O’Connor said he was ill and needed a pass to the hospital.

When the guard bent over to write the pass, Laporte and O’Connor jumped him from behind and then O’Connor whipped out a pistol and stuck it into the guard’s ribs while Darrow took his keys.

The other prisoners in the yard saw the escape and crowded around but O’Connor turned his gun on them and ordered them back into their cell blocks. Then, O’Connor and his four men ran down the stairs and overpowered guards Charles Moore, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Wetta. They were all bound and gagged but not before Wetta managed to yell out, “Prisoner escaping!” alerting the other guards on duty.

 On the run now, the prisoners scaled a wall by jumping on a shed and then over the 9-foot wall. Laporte, a heavy set man, broke both of his ankles as he fell and was quickly recaptured.

Darrow and McDermott fled in a different direction than O’Connor. They were recaptured by the police within a half hour. O’Connor escaped by leaping onto a passing car’s running board. As he jumped, the clerk of the jail, Austin Jacobson, grabbed his coattail but let go when O’Connor spun around and pointed the gun at him. After the car turned the corner Tommy O’Connor was gone.. . .

The Chicago police assumed O’Connor had hidden out in St. Paul and then slipped over the Canadian border before traveling to Ireland. However the last place that Tommy O’Connor was seen alive was in that tiny village of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, on December 10, 1922. Roger Touhy, Gangster

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Our television news is dominated by Covid-19 hysteria and George Floyd’s canonization, which allows Savannah Guthrie and other TV mouth-breathers to push a Race/Class War. If the Covid don’t get getcha the Antifa will!

Pusillanimous white hipsters wearing balaclavas and Birkenstocks demand that every pale pelt in America is a white supremacist and threaten to burn it all down, if every pale pelt in America disagrees.

Black Americans are rightly angry and direct their anger at themselves more than the pusillanimous pale pelts in balaclavas and Birkenstocks.

Evil people want to see the races go to bloody war. Why?

A wildly flawed man was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who decided to put his knee on the man’s neck. This event was captured on the ever-ready cell phones of people witnessing an idiotic betrayal of law enforcement.

I got to thinking about really evil people. I witnessed a Baker’s dozen of burials of young black men in my time at Leo High School in Chicago from 1996-2017. I visited a score or more young men gunned down in Advocate Christ, Holy Cross, St. Bernard’s and Little Company of Mary hospitals. Several men were crippled for life from loss of blood and nerve damaged by 9mm lead.

Not one shooter was caught and brought to justice for this demographic.

Evil people often go on their way and visit more pain and suffering to families.

Politicians do less than nothing and loud-mouthed activists are less than effective at closing out the carnage. The news media and the politicians created this spectacle du merde in Chicago. Instead of not stealing the tax dollars meant to address social wrongs and doing something to help the Chicago Police Department put evil people in prison and keep families safe, they (politicians, academics, activists and their media stooges) created a narrative based upon a lie: Police are systemically racist.
No, police are called to interdict acts of violence and idiotic behavior that more than likely will cause harm to persons and property.

Some violent people are evil. More violent people are idiots. Only this morning, June 14, 2020, idiots opened fire.

Early this morning I was awakened by automatic gunfire from the direction of Wabash & 11th here in Michigan City, Indiana. There is a drug house on the corner. Last summer, a similar stream of 9mm rounds littered the pavement and few went through my kitchen window facing south and into my neighbor’s car. That was July 26th, 2019. Last night, almost the same length of bursts went off and I hit the floor.

I called 911 and immediately MCPD flooded the neighborhood. This occurred at 2:45 A.M. I went out on my porch and witnessed a parade of young African American males all bedecked in urban camouflage (extra long white T-shirts and blue jeans) that Chicago gang-bangers gave up a decade ago.

Police cars dominated the streets and the urban ne’er-do-wells scattered.

I doubt that this was an homage to late George Floyd, or the memory of Dr. King.

Then the skies poured forth and God’s orchestra trumpeted the all-clear. Well done, Michigan City police officers! And thanks, God, for the shower.
Were these evil people? I very much doubt it. Were they idiots? Doubtless.

Evil people are among us and some might even share my ethnic DNA. A truly evil man, one Thomas “Terrible Tommy” O’Connor, escaped the hangman’s knot.
Terrible Tommy O’Connor was an evil son of a bitch, who at one time studied to be a priest and went on to rob, beat and murder police officers and his best friend.
The gallows waited for Terrible Tommy from 1921-1977 and were stood up by an evil son of a bitch who many believe to be buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth, IL.

There probably are some other evil sons of bitches taking up real estate on that consecrated ground, but Terrible Tommy O’Connor just might take the cheese.
Some idiots would say that Terrible Tommy went on to fight in Ireland’s Civil War (on which side?) and washed away his sins. Other idiots might argue that he suffered all of the indignities heaped upon immigrants and fought the laws that kept him down. Yet, other idiots believe that Terrible Tommy repented and lived among us as a quiet brother until 1951 and was interred on the same ground as good people at sleep until the Resurrection.

Terrible Tommy O’Connor escaped. He beat the gallows and like latter-day crooks and killers avoided the cell, because they are powerful and not like us at all. That is how life happens to be. Henry VIII murdered a few of his wives and died the gouty horny pig he lived to be. Race hustlers avoid back taxes. Clouted half-wits get huge salaries at no-show political jobs. That’s life.
Terrible Tommy died an evil son of a bitch.
There is no “policy” to save people from evil monsters, any more than a good night’s sleep might be a stay against idiots and evil deeds.
The real evil comes when idiots make excuses for evil deeds.

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