This week we expanded our coverage to look at the cold case of the 1981 double homicide in McHenry County some 40 miles outside of Chicago. Tavern owner Ronald Scharff and his barmaid Patricia Freeman were found shot dead execution style in the rear of the tavern. There were several names thrown around as possible suspects, but no-one was charged with the crime.

Last year our BNN panelist Denny Griffin co-authored a book with Frank Cullotta, a biography of Franks life as a Vegas based mobster for the Chicago Outfit. In the book there are details concerning another mobster Larry Neumann, the story told coincides exactly with the events in McHenry County.

I invited Ronald Scharff’s son Paul Scharf to join us on the air and give us an update on his fathers case. The case is indeed moving forward. While the suspected trigger man Larry Neumann is dead, he died in prison a couple of years ago on an unrelated conviction, the police feel that there is evidence pointing to an accomplice.

Next we moved onto the Haleigh Cummings case. Joining me on the panel were The Sky 97.3’s News Director TJ Hart, investigator William Cobra Staubs, Jan Barrett, and of course Denny Griffin.

The news this week really was that there is little of any substance coming out of Putnam County Law Enforcement. There was a rumor circulating about a search of the waterways that happened on July 4th. Some digging revealed that it appears to have been a small private group, and it was very localized. At this time we do not have any other information about it.

Although not directly associated with the case Nay Nay is once more out of jail. This time she bonded out on Cyberstalking and Cocaine charges.

The one ray of hope is that the various agencies involved are due to meet again sometime this week. So there should be some kind of update issued on the case. One of the problems is that without a steady stream of reliable information coming from Law Enforcement wild ideas, theories, and allegations are flying around. These side shows while sometimes entertaining do little if anything to bring focus to the matter at hand, that of finding Haleigh Cummings.

Bloggers are an enthusiastic bunch and certainly have some strong feelings on this case. And yesterdays show certainly got them whipped up in a frenzy over one callers comment about a possible source for the famed anonymous donor of the child support owed to Ronald Cummings. I for one consider the subject largely irrelevant to the case. TJ Hart asked the obvious question of, did the caller have any electronic proof? The answer was yes, however it is my belief that she did not understand the question, TJ, I am certain was referring to money transfers, the caller thought he was talking about email traffic.   This one comment sparked an eruption of posts on the various message boards. If only this enthusiasm could be channeled into finding Haleigh Cummings.

On the bright side though, it at least shows that there are still a group of people following the case, and for that we are thankful.

You can listen to the entire show here.

Jan and Simon Barrett

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