Vitale, Morgan & The Board Brothers
Dinosaur

Springfield, IL

#21 Jun 20, 2009
I know Paris better than Paris knows Paris. The Pizza Connection was tried and ended in 1988. That is twenty one years ago. I know for a fact that one ex-Parisite who went on to become a M/Sgt. in the State Police wrote a letter of recommendation for Joe, not to say anything about the rest of the town dignitaries. If you don't believe me ask Randy Steidl's brother Rory. He kinda changes with the wind though because he is now a Callahanite and has adopted all of that HERO'S stance. Show me proof that the Vitale's are bad. Way I see it, if Steidl and Whitlock can be free based on what is really known, the Vitale's are good as gold. I do think the Board brothers are basically scum though.
Car 106

Boca Raton, FL

#22 Jun 21, 2009
There were originally 32 members of the Silician Mafia indicted in the Pizza Connection, 24 of which resided in the U.S. Guiseppe (Joe) Vitale, Silician Mafiosi and nephew of Don Tano Badalmenti was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his active participation in the importation and distribution of high grade (85%) heroin. The Pizza parlors where primarly used as money laundering facilities. Yea, he served his time, so what? Think of all those who were harmed by his actions. He gets no sympathy from me.
sickened

Punxsutawney, PA

#23 Jun 21, 2009
I know that everone is up in arms about what is going on, but let's not forget Dyke & Karen who unwilling lost their lives. I was friends with the family for over 20 years. I saw the hurt & dispair they all went through all of these years. Dyke never getting to see his nephews play ball,not getting to see his niece win little miss, not being there to pick up the pieces when his mom died(another tragedy caused by these senseless deaths). this family has suffered so much& Dyke & Karen have missed out on so much... It is such a horrible tragedy that should of never happened!! In memory of Dyke & Karen
Word to the wise

Danville, IL

#24 Jun 21, 2009
Wondering wrote:
I am reading the book to. Does anybody know who the edgar county deputy was that was tied up on the railroad tracks. Also, when was this. I guess I never knew about this murder and did the board brothers have anything to do with it.
There was an officer from Chrisman Il > His last name was Redman...I think his first name was Roger. The story goes....He lived with his father on Monroe st. At one A.M. his dad heard was awoke by someone at the door. His son answered the door , and he fell back asleep. Redman left the house with these people ...not bothering to put on his shoes or coat(and this was a chilly part of the year). They put him on the tracks west of town and found the rest of him states away. A man was put on trial, but never convicted. No one to this day has ever been convicted for the crime.
Anyone with more information of this killing please let me know.
Dinosaur

Springfield, IL

#25 Jun 23, 2009
George Redmon. Part of him found on tracks in Chrisman, part of him found a state or two away. Randy Wright was tried. A quick directed verdict was delivered by the judge and Wright is still residing in a rural area not far from Paris on the Indana line. Randy had, as in past tense, a brother Herschel. Herschel is a possible suspect in a 1973 murder of Charleston girl Shirley Rardin. This is material which one can research through papers and documents at the local libraries.
Wow

League City, TX

#26 Jun 23, 2009
You people need to get lives. You have wasted $25 on a book that has some facts but much more conjecture and bar-room rumors portrayed as facts.

It's no wonder that rumors spread rampantly in a town this small, but Callahan's book is such a waste of paper because it's based on rumors and so called mythologies.

Joe Vitale is one of the nicest men I've ever met. I only know who the Board Brothers are, but they've always seemed nice to me - not the killers some posters claim. I've had dealings with Bob Morgan and he would give me the shirt off his back if I needed it. And throwing Jerry Forsythe into the mix - unbelievable.

Why is it that people that are successful in life are assumed to be corrupt. Seems to me that the people spreading rumors are just jealous of the wealth that some people have.

If all of the lazy, welfare riding people in this town, nay, this country, would get off their @sses and work instead of playing the system they could be wealthy too.

Are there crooked people in Paris - oh, to be sure.

But, I would bet that there are crooked people in every small, medium and large sized town. They'll get their judgement in the end though.

God rest the souls of Dyke and Karen.
Been here my whole life

League City, TX

#27 Jun 23, 2009
As with all Paris gossip, here there are nuggets of truth interspersed with extreme hyperbole and massive rumor-mongering.

Some of us normal Paris-folk get quite a kick out of this when it flares up every so often.

Think I'll grab a bite at Joe's Pizza tonight now.
queen

Terre Haute, IN

#28 Jun 23, 2009
First of all, How did some of you come to the conclusion that parasite was talking about Forsythe? I live in Marshall and can think of a couple of people that do need added to the list, but Forsythe is not one of them. Second, to Wow have you actually read the book? I do not think so because while there are speculations and suggestions there are also actual facts that have been documented regarding Vitale,Board Bros., and Morgan. Third, I do think Karen seen something she was not supposed to see. I think she seen something put in a bumper of a car as the book states, but i think the car belonged to Wilhoyt. Again, this is just my theory from watching the shows, reading the book, etc.
Wow

League City, TX

#29 Jun 23, 2009
@ queen RE: Forsythe

I have heard people (in person, not on net) making those accusations.

I have read parts of the book that I borrowed. I decided that reading the rest of the book would be a waste of time better spent at my job, with my family, pretty much doing anythig else.

Of course there are some facts in there.

Did Joe Vitale go to prison as part of the Pizza Connection. Yes

Does that have anything to do with the Rhoads murders. No - he just put it in the book to paint Paris as a REALLY corrupt town with a lot of bad history.

Honestly, if the whole book were lies, Callahan would be sued by so many people. That's probably why he doesn't give names, only descriptions of some people.

I've talked to people who have read the book and many of them have stated that there are complete contradictions in the book - sometimes within paragraphs of each other. For instance, there is a part in the book about Dyke smoking pot - one sentence says something to the effect that he didn't. Another later sentence says that Karen would only marry him if he stopped smoking pot. Before you flame me for not getting it right, I will say that I do not have the book in front of me and I am making those comments from memory.

Our society is so [email protected] gullible and prone to believing conspiracy-like theories that everyone eats this Sh!t up which causes the stories / theories / gossip to spiral out of control.

At some point people have to take a step back and use some common sense.
Just wondering

Danville, IL

#30 Jun 25, 2009
queen wrote:
First of all, How did some of you come to the conclusion that parasite was talking about Forsythe? I live in Marshall and can think of a couple of people that do need added to the list, but Forsythe is not one of them. Second, to Wow have you actually read the book? I do not think so because while there are speculations and suggestions there are also actual facts that have been documented regarding Vitale,Board Bros., and Morgan. Third, I do think Karen seen something she was not supposed to see. I think she seen something put in a bumper of a car as the book states, but i think the car belonged to Wilhoyt. Again, this is just my theory from watching the shows, reading the book, etc.
Why Wilhoyt?...... and is that the dealer that is mentioned in the book or was it the ford dealership?
Thanks
Just wondering

Danville, IL

#31 Jun 25, 2009
Wow wrote:
@ queen RE: Forsythe
I have heard people (in person, not on net) making those accusations.
I have read parts of the book that I borrowed. I decided that reading the rest of the book would be a waste of time better spent at my job, with my family, pretty much doing anythig else.
Of course there are some facts in there.
Did Joe Vitale go to prison as part of the Pizza Connection. Yes
Does that have anything to do with the Rhoads murders. No - he just put it in the book to paint Paris as a REALLY corrupt town with a lot of bad history.
Honestly, if the whole book were lies, Callahan would be sued by so many people. That's probably why he doesn't give names, only descriptions of some people.
I've talked to people who have read the book and many of them have stated that there are complete contradictions in the book - sometimes within paragraphs of each other. For instance, there is a part in the book about Dyke smoking pot - one sentence says something to the effect that he didn't. Another later sentence says that Karen would only marry him if he stopped smoking pot. Before you flame me for not getting it right, I will say that I do not have the book in front of me and I am making those comments from memory.
Our society is so [email protected] gullible and prone to believing conspiracy-like theories that everyone eats this Sh!t up which causes the stories / theories / gossip to spiral out of control.
At some point people have to take a step back and use some common sense.
Common sense is ...two people were brutally murdered in their home and the two that were charged and are now free. Now we have.....as we always have the murderers of this crime running free with no one able to start a new investigation. So this crime has turned into a unsolved mystery.
Dinosaur

Springfield, IL

#32 Jun 26, 2009
There has been a lot done on the case since the original investigation/prosecution. The case was re-opened after the suspects were sprung. It is my opinion the ISP did not re-open the case until the suspects were freed because while they were still jailed the adjudication was complete. There are many avenues to consider when proceeding on a situation such as this. Grand juries, and depositions. Problem is, you can indict a ham sandwich but can you try and convict it. I predict more has been and more will be developed. I too say, the victims are in the grave for 23 years....many years to early. Lets not forget them.
Joe Shmo

United States

#34 Jul 1, 2009
Wow wrote:
Did Joe Vitale go to prison as part of the Pizza Connection. Yes
Does that have anything to do with the Rhoads murders. No - he just put it in the book to paint Paris as a REALLY corrupt town with a lot of bad history.
Actually you should read the complete book to see why that was put in there. It was to show the corruption within the ISP. Joe's was put in there because more recently the Feds had a wire tap on the phone at Joe's pizza. There were calls being made from that phone to a pay phone in Italy and conversations had been picked up talking about drugs and murder. Callahan's boss was seen at the pizza place and within a week, the phone calls stopped.
Did You Know

Rossiter, PA

#35 Jul 3, 2009
I have lived in Paris most of my life.
And I know all about the rumors that are being spread.
First of all, I would like to say Paris is a nice town to raise a family and im proud to be called a Parisian. I know the Vitales personaly and I know all the hardships the have went through. So, on that note...
Did you know that Mr.Vitale was offered and off the record plea bargain for a misdemeanor, which he refused because he believed he could not go back to Paris and look people on the eye for something he didn't do.
Did you know that The Vitales lost their pizza place car and almost their home for foreclosure cause of the trial.
Did you know that Roy Stidel wrote a letter of recommendation for Mr. Vitale.
Did you know that the head prosectuor and director of the F.B.I, Louis Free, wrote a letter of recommendation for Mr. Vitale.
Did you know that Louis Free called the Chicago F.B.I and told them to help the Mr. Vitale in getting his citizenship.
Did you know that the F.B.I out of DAnville told the F.B.I in New York that they were wasting their time on investigating Mr.Vitale because they had him under surveillance for a year and watched him go from home to work,(its in the Court Documents)to pick up his kids from school, to work again, and then back home.So, on that note I leave you with words of wisdom. He who casts stones, will be judged by THE GOOD LORD. So watch what we say, and I guarantee you Law Suits for Mr. Callahan and co. are coming.
unhappy paris resident

Paris, IL

#36 Jul 3, 2009
Wow! You have just displayed your ignorance. I would love to know where you came up with all your crap! Probably the same place Callahan did!
unhappy paris resident

Paris, IL

#37 Jul 3, 2009
Paris Resident wrote:
I have lived in the City of Paris my whole life. I, like many others know of the dangerous criminal element that has existed in my hometown for many years. If you are a native of Paris then you know who and what they are.
I have recently finished Lt. Michael Callahan’s book “Too Politically Sensitive”. I applaud Lt. Callahan for having the having the courage to expose the people and things that have brought fear and terror to the city of Paris. Even before the murders of Dyke and Karen, there was the stigma of fear in our city.
I hope every citizen will read this book and see that the many rumors are true. Paris is no doubt a town controlled by a heinous Sicilian mobster. Joe Vitale established his own little family/crew years ago in Paris. Anyone who know anything about Paris Knows, Bob Morgan takes his orders from Vitale. Morgan, through his business washes all the mob and drug money. When Morgan came to Paris he was little more than a white collar con at best. However, with Vitale’s blessing and the money laundering, he has become a wealthy and powerful man.
Then they have there personal “Death Squad”. Duke and Jerry Board, along with other Sons of Silence bikers, are nothing more than cold blooded killers. The Board’s have murdered, trafficked narcotics, intimidated, and brought fear to the people of Paris for many years. All the while answering to Don Vitale and Bob Morgan.
Anyone who knows anything about Paris, knows about the Bon-Ton coffee club. Just like a scene from the Sopranos the Bon-Ton was this groups Sattrieals. Over morning coffee the family/crew would receive their orders for the day coming down from Don Vitale. On a side note, I seem to remember seeing Darrell Herrington sitting with Bob Morgan on more than one occasion in the Bon-Ton.
After reading Lt. Callahan’s book, I have no doubt who was behind the murder of Dyke and Karen. Bob Morgan and the Boards are cold blooded killers. Lt. Callahan’s book only reinforced what many of us in Paris already know, there are a string of killing that lead to Bob Morgan and the Boards. These are no doubt evil men.
A couple of years ago I was spending the weekend in Springfield visiting a friend from high school. While out that day my friend said “I’ll show you something pretty fucked up”. My friend drove me to and fairly well-to-do neighborhood. While in this neighborhood we drone past a very nice home, easily a $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 dollar home. My friend said “Guess who live there”. I said, how the hell should I know. My friend told me it was the home of Vic and Debbie Reinbolt. I wonder where the money came from for such a beautiful home.
Maybe one day we the people of Paris and Edgar County will have the guts to stand up to and rid ourselves of these cold blooded murdering criminals. Until that time Paris remains a dark and evil place.
Wow! You just displayed your ignorance. Where did you come up with this crap? Probably the same place as Callahan. You obviously don't know the people you discussed/gossiped about. Hum, just like Callahan. Your ignorance astounds me!
Get real

Rossiter, PA

#38 Jul 4, 2009
Amazed wrote:
Its hard for me to have any faith in a polygraph test, given what I know. While I did not grow-up in Paris, I spent alot of time there with family. Through my teens I would hang-out with my cousins at the lake and cruise town during the summer. I always heard stories about the bad shit and bad people in Paris. When I got older we would hang at the Station and the 2:30 Club. A friend of my cousin's pointed out Duke Board to me once and said " that guy is a murdering SOB. Over the years I listened to alot of what I consider good honest people, tell the same story about the Rhoads murders. After reading the book it only confirmed those stories in my mind. I am sure that there were and still are, some honest cops, like Car 106, in Paris & Edgar County. However, will it ever be possible to bring-down Morgan,Joe Vitale, and the Board Bros.
You hang out at bars and you are trying to judge, hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Its people like you that make me sick! People open your eyes its puke like this that can't find their ass from a hole in the ground.
Dinosaur

Springfield, IL

#39 Jul 5, 2009
Dear Mr. Shmo. The information concerning much of the people YOU put in your book are designed at being nothing but hurtful. You were and remain a crybaby. The Vitale's suffer because of turds like you. You sir are a delusional idiot. When the time is right there is one guy who has no design whatsoever to let you sucker punch him without repaying the act times ten. Then it will be back to your daytime bed to cry your eyes out and eat the pills the nut doctor gave you. Go away, you are NO hero.
rider

United States

#40 Jul 9, 2009
Callahan paints with a broad brush and makes a number of errors all in an in an effort to make paris look worse than it is. First of all the deputy, murdered in 1973 was shot in the head and placed on the tracks not tied to the tracks and killed by the train. Second, one of the murders he refers to was the fred grabbe murder of his wife, which occured in Marshal not Paris, and had nothing to do with Paris or drugs.Lastly he states that Herb whitlock was a small time criminal failing to mention his arrest at the Indianapolis airport for receiving a 100000 dollars worth of pot.Callahan is after drama and sensation not the truth.
Dinosaur

Springfield, IL

#41 Jul 13, 2009
Rider, you write with wisdom. The book is garbage. If you buy into it you probably still put your teeth under your pillow.

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