IL IL - Valerie Percy, 21, Kenilworth, 18 September 1966

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  1. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    The last time I looked, Kelly's lawsuit was still working it's way through the courts. One would think with some DNA evidence, the killer could be identified today.

    JMO, the way the Percy family keeps everything about the case under wraps, they don't want the killer to be revealed.

    ETA: I've always had the impression the family was devastated by the murder and knew who did it but quickly processed their grief, dealt with it and decided to move on without seeking justice. They sought to have their lives get back on track as quickly as possible and never speak of it again. They adapted. But did they forgive the killer?

    JMO
     
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  2. Marilynilpa

    Marilynilpa Well-Known Member

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    It has been a very long time since I’ve been on this thread. I’m glad that people are still posting here!
     
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  3. JohnnyChicago

    JohnnyChicago Well-Known Member

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    My family always suspected a cousin for killing Valerie Percy. I am nearly 40 now, but remember it being brought up in the 1980s. George Peter Jr. was my father's cousin. He was a 18 year old stock clerk who was accused of the murder of Cynthia Lubeznik in the Chicagoland area. Newspaper at the time actually says Peter's palm print matched print found at Percy crime.
    Search for this article
    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago, Illinois

    20 Sep 1967, Wed • Page 63
     
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  4. Luckymanuh

    Luckymanuh Active Member

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    Interesting I have never heard this name mentioned and was told by KPD and IL State Police Investigators that the palm print was a partial and could not be used for identification. But then who knows.

    I am to the point the KPD and Percy family do not want this murder solved. Shame because with technology the way it is now a day it could be solved
     
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  5. StarrChance

    StarrChance Well-Known Member

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    His death row sentence was commuted, as of 2004 he was in prison, is he still alive?
    Interesting that the article said he was known for burglary too. The palm print didn’t match though, seems he was looked into for Valerie murder at the time. He definitely needs to be looked at again with DNA.
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  6. StarrChance

    StarrChance Well-Known Member

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    Oh just googled and all his crimes are very close to Kenilworth...
     
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  7. SAMS

    SAMS TC Writer

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    Interesting....
     
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    Percy's first wife, from this north shore neighborhood, is in CA with their young family while he's stationed in the Navy. She dies, age 26, of a penicillin reaction. 1947 and she is cremated!

    He meets and marries in 1950 wealthy California girl, Loraine. She becomes the new mom. He and family return to north shore.

    The night of the murder, Valerie has coffee, at 10 pm with Loraine, and, perhaps, 2 campaign aides.

    About 11, Valerie goes to her room, dons a negligee (really? for whom at that age?) and watches tv from her bed.
    Sharon comes in to Valerie's room to return coat she wore, says goodnight.

    4am, Loraine allegedly hears breaking glass. She doesn't wake ole Chuck, sleeping beside her. He isn't awakened by any noise nor of her leaving the bed.

    Loraine gets up and goes to the bedroom where she claims to have seen intruder/assailant standing over the bed, with a flashlight which she claims he flashed in her face.

    Intruder, who does not wake up Chuck, dog, or others in the house, runs, in dark house, down stairs and out. Heavy running doesn't wake anyone.

    Apparently, Loraine doesn't scream. She must have been standing in his way while he was making his escape, but he doesn't bother bludgeoning her in this deadly silence.
    No one wakes.

    Then, Loraine seems to activate the burglar alarm which too didn't go off during the entry.

    Valerie's negligee is pulled up and she lies bludgeoned and stabbed repeatedly, by someone in a frenzy.

    There are bloody prints on the banister. The intruder held on to the stairs during his escape? Pshaw.

    When the family is later gathered in a room when the doctor arrives, they're dressed, but Loraine is...wearing her negligee. No word as to whether a quick shower took place.

    Valerie is buried, not cremated like her mother.

    Few, if any, future photos of Loraine appear. The family leaves the north shore within 2 weeks.

    When Chuck Percy dies, and is buried, Valerie is relocated to lie beside him.

    In a recent case demanding production of the Percy murder records held by Kenilworth police, Sharon Percy Rockefeller appears in court to personally entreat the judge not to allow the matter to be made public.

    The judge agrees that Valerie's 1966 murder case is still pending and thus the investigation must be held under wraps.
     
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    Luckyzmom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks FluffyRoss dynomite first post, Welcome to WS
     
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    Falcon500 Verified Law Enforcement Detective/L.E. Procedures

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    Luckily the family has no say about the solution of the case.
     
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  12. MimosaMornings

    MimosaMornings Well- Known Member

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    Why would her twin sister not want her case solved and the person who murdered Valerie not brought to justice?
    Is there a family secret that she is worried will be uncovered?
     
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  13. mickey2942

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    People assume that twins love each other. Not always. It can be the same as other siblings, with the same type of jealousy. Maybe there were a lot of problems...maybe there was a lot more to this situation than we know. Family dynamics can be extremely volatile.
     
  14. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    The article at the link says Peter's palm print was compared to the one left at the scene of the Percy murder and it did not match.

    According to the linked article, Peter lived about 6 miles south of Kenilworth at 7625 N Bosworth Ave. He could have driven to the Percy home and back easily or could have taken the train (CTA). His home was just a block or so from the train station and the Percy home was only a few blocks from the Kenilworth CTA station. Either transportation option is viable.

    It was reported that, in the rape and murder he was accused of - that of Cynthia Lubeznik, age 15 - he drove his car. Cynthia was raped and murdered. The cause of death was different - Cynthia was raped, beaten and choked. Her body was dumped in shallow water in a branch of the Chicago River in La Bagh Woods, on the NW side of Chicago. In July of 1967, Peter was convicted of raping a 15 year old girl on a beach in Winnetka, IL. He was convicted for several burglaries in 1966.
     
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  15. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    It's been stated before that the burglar alarm wasn't the kind that was connected to doors or windows. It was activated only by someone pushing a "panic/emergency" switch in the house. Having a burglar alarm in a private residence was very unusual at the time, it would have been very expensive to rig one up to doors and windows.

    Google maps link showing distance from Peter's home address to Kenilworth.

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    The fact LE compared this creep's palm print to the one from the Percy home indicates, IMO, they were really trying to solve this crime. Kenilworth PD may have been in over their heads, but they seemed to call in outside LE fairly soon. Percy, himself, sought the help of Illinois State Police.

    LE seemed to try to solve the case, but did they have all the evidence they needed to do so? Control of the crime scene seems to be an issue.
     
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  16. JohnnyChicago

    JohnnyChicago Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I misread the article. According to the article the palm print did not match. Thanks for correcting me!
    I wish I recalled more from my childhood and why exactly the family still believed he (Peter's) was involved.
     
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