Monday, February 28, 2005

The scourge of hate

Terrible news tonight out of Chicago:
Judge's husband, mother found dead

The federal judge whom white supremacist Matthew Hale attempted to have murdered found her husband and mother lying dead in her house when she returned home Monday night, police said.

Judge Joan H. Lefkow returned to her house in the 5200 block of North Lakewood Avenue after work and found the bodies of her husband, attorney Michael F. Lefkow and her mother, Donna Humphrey, lying in blood in the house, police said.

Detectives, U.S. Marshals and FBI agents rushed to the scene and were investigating the deaths as a "death investigation," police said. Other family members may also have been present when the bodies were discovered, neighbors said.

Police sources were cautious about describing the deaths Monday night, and said it was too early to say how the victims were killed.

As the story explains, Matt Hale remains in prison after bring convicted for attempting to hire someone to kill Judge Lefkow. He's scheduled to be sentenced in April.

I've posted quite a bit about Hale's saga, including a note when he was first arrested here. What's been noteworthy, of course, is that even before his arrest -- but especially in its wake -- his little World Church of the Creator fiefdom has been crumbling dramatically.

However, as I've also pointed out, these groups can remain lethal even in their death throes. Sadly, this appears to have been the case with Judge Lefkow's family.

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