Murder of TF South School Teacher

Murder of TF South School Teacher

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oneartchick

AOL

#1 Nov 19, 2009
I lived in Lansing, Il in late 1960s and early 1970s.
I was friends with Joe and Sharon Hyde,both teachers in Lansing. They lived on Burnham Ave. I learned recently Joe was murdered in his home and his wife Sharon later went on trial. I am hoping to find someone who might have lived in Lansing in the 70s or 80s who might have some information on this crime. I have tried searching newspaper archives but have not found anything. I was stunned to hear this happening to old friends.
Idiots

Zion, IL

#2 Nov 20, 2009
Thats old news. She killed him an he died on his front porch.
oneartchick

AOL

#3 Nov 20, 2009
Thanks for the reply. Was she ever convicted of the crime? What was the motive? I know it is old news just trying to piece together what happened.
Idiots

Zion, IL

#4 Nov 20, 2009
I think she was just looney. Not real sure if she was convicted but I would assume.
carl

Oak Lawn, IL

#5 Nov 28, 2009
she slit his throat. She was acquitted after being held in a mental institution. She was released and found not guilty on a technicality.
Thanks Daley

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 7, 2009
Joseph Hyde was a great person. I didn't witness this crime, but I heard it was a horrific crime scene from the neighbors that lived in the area. He supposedly bled to death on his front porch from a neck wound done by a kitchen knife of some kind. His wife was never put in prison for it because she was considered mentally incompetent to be tried in criminal court.
oneartchick

AOL

#7 Dec 7, 2009
I was just blown away to hear about this. I last saw them around 1977. Joe devoted his life to his students and his children. I believe they had two girls, Wendy and Annie. I can only imagine what these girls went through. It was obvious even then that Sharon had problems but I didn't think she could ever be violent. I know she was very jealous of Joe. Gosh Lansing use to be such a safe little town. Thanks for your comment. Would love to hear anything else anyone might know. Does Sharon still live in Lansing?
Thanks Daley

Chicago, IL

#8 Dec 11, 2009
I went to high school with Anne in the early '80s. This crime was in the late '80s to early 90s. His wife was charged, but since she was found mentally imcompetent, those records afterwards are medical ones and you would have to find one of his daughters or a family friend to get any more information. There wasn't very much in the papers after this crime, so don't be frustrated if you don't find anything in the newspaper archives. His house was put up for sale a year after this and it had a sale sign on it for years. Living in Lansing, I can tell you that other owners bought it and it seems to have been a rental property for the last 12 years. Good Luck.
LBG

Chicago Heights, IL

#9 Jan 8, 2010
Yes, I lived in Lansing during that time. Joe was a great man and teacher - His daughter was in the house when this happened. His wife had some mental problems. She was acquitted. The daughter said she heard nothing. All I remember was the blood on the footsteps of his house.
Bobby Hayes

Orlando, FL

#10 Mar 15, 2010
Joe Hyde was my Journalism teacher at TF South and was quite a memorable teacher. I lived on Roy Street near the time of his death and remember walking by his house on Burnham Avenue (Just South of the tracks) and seeing him occasionally sitting in his swing. Mr. Hyde would be pleased to know that at least one former student (and I'm sure there are many others) thinks of him and is appreciative of his service as a teacher.

God bless you, Joe...

Bobby Hayes
Carol V

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Apr 16, 2010
she didn't slit his throat, she came up behind him while he was in his chair and stabbed him, hitting the jugular. I live 2 blocks from where it happened and lived in Lansing my entire life.
catherine

Cincinnati, OH

#12 May 20, 2010
I was a student at TFS when Joe Hyde was there. He was very well loved. The last few years I understand that Sharon is staying with her sister in Peoria, Illinois.
Neighbor

United States

#13 Sep 1, 2010
The crime happened in like 1991 or 1992 ish... we just moved in down the street and he was taking out his recyling. we waved hi to him as he was walking and his wife called for him. then stabbed him in the neck w the kitchen knife.. it wasnt exactly the cleanest crime scene i mean he got stabbed in the throat. yes and for a 8 year old seeing this was amazing by the way. the house is still for sale and wont sell.. and prolly never will
Cottonwood

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#14 Sep 30, 2010
I was friends with fellow band member Jack Butler; he and his parents lived at 17957 Burnham--right across from the Hydes. I did not know the Hydes, but Jack's dad was a sports photographer for the Southtown (?) and he seemed to have a friendship as well as a professional relationship with "Joe". He respected, liked and admired Joe. I was shocked to see Mrs. Hyde's manaical-looking mugshot in the photo tray at the Southtown newspaper---I worked there as a proofreader.(I still have the photo somewhere.)
As unfortunate as this is, the Butlers had their own tragedies. At age 50, Mrs. Gilda Butler passed away from an anyerism; Mr.Butler --heartbroken-- followed 6mos. later. I keep the survivors in my sincere prayers.
RICHARD ABDNOUR

Montgomery, IL

#15 Feb 23, 2011
JOE AND I WENT TO SCHOOL TOGETHER...WORKED TOGETHER..RAN AROUND TOGETHER....HE ALSO WAS IN MY WEDDING BACK IN JULY OF 1964............joe was a great guy...he was originally from bloomington, illinois.....a very good family.............his sister was a Catholic Nun.....JPE EVENTUALLY GOT MARRIED............HIS WIFE SEEMED TO NOT BE JOES STYLE..BUT WAS A VERY NICE PERSON......I KNOW THEY HAD TWO DAUGHTERS.....HOPEFULLY THEY ARE ALL DOING WELL....GOD BLESS THEM ALL........JOE.WE ALL LOVED YOU, AND KNOW GOD LOVES YOU TOO.........AB
Former Lansing Resident

Hobart, IN

#16 Aug 6, 2011
single

Glenpool, OK

#17 Feb 29, 2012
I remember when that happened. I graduated from south in 73. there were rumors about her being on the crazy side. Police were over there several times.And everyone said she lost it. Something about gloves enter my mind. i dont know. poor Lansing. i loved that town. It's aweful there now. cant even walk the streets like back in the day.
Former Lansing Resident

Chicago, IL

#18 May 20, 2013
Everybody liked Mr. Hyde. I personally never had him as a teacher but respected him highly. My fondest childhood memory was watching Mr. Hyde, who as you know was a big man, jump off the high dive at Lan-Oak pool - what a superb diver!

Sick or not, his wife snuffed out a man who deserved so much more out of life. Nobody deserved what she dished out that day, nobody.
Kathleen

Mission Viejo, CA

#19 Jul 18, 2013
To oneartchick: I am sorry that your search for answers has lead to so much false information. Sharon was arrested for Joe's murder. She was not put in a mental institution, despite having chronic schizophrenia. She sat in Cook County jail for over a year while on trial. She was found not guilty. It had nothing to do with her mental state. She was found not guilty because there was no evidence that she committed the crime. Someone came up the hallway from the back of the house and stabbed him once in the neck. The knife went so far in that it entered the cavity around his heart. He got up and made it to the front porch, where he bled to death. The back door was open, despite the fact that the air conditioning was on. Anne was asleep on the couch. She woke up and called the police. (Wendi no longer lived at home). Sharon had been upstairs. She did not have a drop of blood on her, nor did any of her clothes, nor was there any evidence anyone had washed up blood in any sink. The knife used in the crime was never found. The police just assumed it was her and basically botched up the crime scene. Now their children will never know what happened and in addition to the pain of having their father murdered, they have thousands of people knowing their mother was mentally ill and now spewing garbage they know nothing about all over the Internet.
Anonymous neighbor

Peoria, IL

#20 Dec 13, 2013
oneartchick wrote:
I lived in Lansing, Il in late 1960s and early 1970s.
I was friends with Joe and Sharon Hyde,both teachers in Lansing. They lived on Burnham Ave. I learned recently Joe was murdered in his home and his wife Sharon later went on trial. I am hoping to find someone who might have lived in Lansing in the 70s or 80s who might have some information on this crime. I have tried searching newspaper archives but have not found anything. I was stunned to hear this happening to old friends.
Sharon lives in Washington IL and has been living with her sister and their family since the murder. Her sister has her power of attorney. One of Joe and Sharon's daughters went on to become a screenwriter and moved to California. The part of Washington Sharon lives in was uneffected by the recent tornado.

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