Wednesday, March 13, 2013
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Suzanne Matthies, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Poker Dog cartoon: You may have a great poker-face, but your tail says it all.
Friday, November 30, 2012
The convicted quadruple-killer got a quick start to his new life behind bars.
Will County didn't waste any time ridding themselves of Christopher Vaughn, packing the man who executed his entire family off to prison the day after his sentencing. Vaughn, 38, was shipped up to Stateville Correctional Center to start serving the four life sentences handed down by Judge Daniel Rozak on Tuesday. According to Department of Corrections Records, the former Oswego resident made it to Stateville Wednesday. Vaughn declined to make a statement at his sentencing hearing and sat stone-faced as Rozak told him he would never get out of prison alive. Vaughn's father-in-law, Del Phillips, later said he had hoped Vaughn "would open up and say why" he killed his wife, Kimberly Vaughn, and three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Christopher Vaughn got separate life sentences for the murders of his wife and three children.
Right before a Will County judge dropped four life sentences on Christopher Vaughn, his grief-stricken mother-in-law wondered aloud why he couldn't have abandoned his wife and three children instead of killing them all. "What a coward," said Susan Phillips, the mother of Vaughn's slain wife, Kimberly Vaughn. "If you do not want your family, divorce is always the first option, or even just walking away," Phillips said from the witness stand during Christopher Vaughn's sentencing hearing Tuesday morning. Christopher Vaughn, 38, wanted to shed his family so he could start a new life in the Yukon wilderness with an unwitting stripper. In June 2007, he packed his 34-year-old wife and their three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Drew Peterson media circus prevented Vaughn from getting a fair trial, his lawyer said, and the wife-killer's attorneys didn't help things either.
First, he killed one wife, then he was named a suspect in the disappearance of another, and now Drew Peterson's very existence has mucked up Christopher Vaughn's murder trial, the Oswego man's lawyer said Monday. Vaughn's lawyer, George Lenard, said the specter of Drew Peterson hanging over the Vaughn case is just one of the reasons his convicted quadruple-killer client needs a new trial. Besides the problem with Peterson, whose own murder trial was taking place in the courtroom next-door to Vaughn's in August and September, Lenard claimed Vaughn's case was corrupted when prosecutors succeeded in "indoctrinating" one of the jurors. Lenard also said a prosecutor insulted him during the closing arguments and he accused the jury of "improper …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The jury in the Christopher Vaughn's murder trial found the Oswego man guilty in less than an hour.
Christopher Vaughn's murder trial lasted a full month, but it only took the jury 50 minutes to signal the court that they had a verdict. That verdict was guilty on all four counts of first-degree murder. Vaughn sat expressionless while Will County Judge Daniel Rozak read the finding and as each juror repeated it in turn. "This case was not just a murder, it was an atrocity," Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said at the trial's conclusion Thursday afternoon. Vaughn, 37, killed his entire family in June 2007. He initially faced the death penalty if convicted, and that played a large part in the case's lurching progress through the court system. "If there's a case that deserves the death penalty, it's this case," Glasgow said. Gov. …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Testimony in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial wrapped up Tuesday and closing arguments are slated for Thursday.
Close to a month of testimony wrapped up Tuesday afternoon and closing arguments in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial are set for Thursday. The Oswego man charged with executing his wife and young children as they sat defenseless in the family's Ford Expedition more than five years ago declined to take the witness stand in his own defense. The final day of testimony did feature a blood-spatter expert, an investigator from the Will County Public Defender's Office, and a neuropsychiatrist The blood-spatter expert, Tom Bevel, said it was "possible" for Vaughn's wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, to have shot her husband in the wrist and thigh, and to have put two bullets apiece in their three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, 12—…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Backpacks stuffed with survival gear were found in Christopher Vaughn's bedroom closet a month after his entire family was killed.
Cops armed with a search warrant found a pair of backpacks stuffed with survival gear in the bedroom closet of accused quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn. Vaughn's entire family was wiped out in a mass execution-style shooting less than a month before agents with the Illinois State Police made the bedroom closet discovery while conducting their second search of his house, according to testimony at Vaughn's murder trial Friday. Prosecutors contend Vaughn, 37, planned to live the life of a survivalist in the Yukon wilderness after shedding the responsibilities associated with his wife and three children by murdering them all in June 2007. State police Special Agent Cornelius Monroe said he and three of his colleagues found the backpacks …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Accused quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn's defense is progressing at a rapid pace.
The attorney for accused quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn rocketed through his witnesses so fast Thursday that he ran out before there was a chance for the jury to get lunch. Judge Daniel Rozak said the midday meal was still going to be delivered and that jurors could stick around to eat or take it home with them. The early end to Thursday's proceedings was prompted by defense attorney George Lenard's rapid questioning of the half-dozen witnesses slated to testify. And things only lasted as long as they did due to a relatively lengthy argument over whether the judge should call a mistrial over a question asked of the day's second witness, Illinois State Police Sgt. Gary Lawson. After Lenard established that Vaughn went submitted to a …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The ball's now in the court of alleged quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn and his team of defense lawyers.
Prosecutors piled up 88 witnesses in 17 days to make their case against alleged quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn, finishing things off Wednesday with the words of a detective. Illinois State Police Investigator Chris Linares read credit card receipts from Vaughn's trips to a Stone Park strip club and a Plainfield shooting range in the days before his wife and three children were shot to death in June 2004. Linares also read from email messages between Vaughn and his slain wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34. In the messages, Kimberly Vaughn repeatedly told her husband she loves him. His responses seemed less affectionate. After the prosecution rested, lead defense attorney George Lenard went through the formality of asking Judge Daniel Rozak to …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Another expert witness told the jury how he found some serious flaws in the story Christopher Vaughn told the police about how his wife and three children ended up dead.
Alleged quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn's story about how his wife gunned down their three children before taking her own life was disputed by yet another expert witness Tuesday. Bloodstain pattern expert witness Paul Kish said Vaughn's wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, must have been killed before Vaughn bled on her. Kish was so adamant in his assessment of the blood evidence that he prompted defense attorney George Lenard to demand a mistrial. Kish said the blood evidence and the "facts of the case" showed that Christopher Vaughn, 37, was shot and wounded after someone stuck a gun under his wife's chin and pulled the trigger. "I think he already testified to the ultimate issue in the case," Lenard protested. "He also said the facts of this …