Sheriff charges murder-for-hire plot — at Cook County Jail
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org September 21, 2012 9:52PM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. | File photo
Updated: October 24, 2012 6:43AM
Murder for hire!
Top tip: Sneed has learned that a murder-for-hire plot, allegedly involving the killing of numerous witnesses in an upcoming murder trial, has been uncovered at Cook County Jail by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office.
The plot allegedly was hatched by Pharoah Morris, 18, a Cook County Jail inmate who has been charged with one count of solicitation for murder and one count of murder for hire.
◆ Upshot: Sneed hears Morris allegedly told an undercover investigator, who posed as a hit man, he wanted the homicide witnesses killed after they testified against him to the grand jury.
◆ Backshot: Morris is awaiting trial since being charged with first-degree murder in the September 2010 killing of DeAntonio Goss, 16, after Morris was sent home from Bowen High school for fighting. Morris allegedly shot Goss and a friend, who suffered minor injuries, on his way home.
Rahm ’em. . .
Gulp! Good going Rahm. Sneed hears your presentation of Goose Island beer to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday — part of your political “peace” move — was a faux pas. Goose Island’s 312 beer is manufactured entirely in area code 315!
◆ Translation: Baldwinsville, N.Y.
◆ The beer still tastes the same, so hopefully Barak will still be buzzed by your generosity if you become ambassador to Israel.
Buzz buzz . . .
Aloha! Are rumors true that President Barack Obama plans to retire in Hawaii if he loses the election? Is his close pal, Penny Pritzker — who has raised a ton of cash for his campaign coffers — helping the Obamas locate Hawaiian real estate? Tittle tattle was buzzing on the Internet last week. No answer yet from the Pritzker perch.
The Jackson story . . .
Was Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tipped off to a federal investigation into the sale of Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat?
At a time when he could have been a target?
That’s what the new book “Only in Chicago,” by Chicago Sun-Times political reporter Natasha Korecki, suggests.
Here’s an excerpt: “There was one more confounding aspect to the investigation involving U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and fund-raiser Raghuveer Nayak. Nayak told authorities that after Jackson directed him to make a money offer for the Senate seat, he received another phone call from the congressman. It came in November of that year.
“Nayak said Jackson warned him: there was a federal investigation into the U.S. Senate seat selection, don’t make any pay-to-play offers with Blagojevich.
“At this point, the investigation was top secret, given the covert wiretap operation. Nayak’s statement suggested that Jackson, a potential subject of the probe, had somehow caught wind of it.
“Nayak said he told Jackson he already made the approach. Jackson said not to worry, according to Nayak.
“. . . For his part, Jackson told authorities he didn’t know about the probe ahead of time. Though he also said he figured there was some kind of federal oversight going on. He told the feds he knew they were listening.“
The Gacy file . . .
The nightmare factor: Imagine going to bed every night for 34 years wondering what happened to your son.
◆ To wit: With that in mind, Sheriff Dart drove down to Peoria to deliver the news that Daniel Noe, 21, missing since 1978, died hiking in Utah — so he was not one of John Wayne Gacy’s unidentified victims.
◆ Noe’s parents were glad Daniel never knew Gacy, according to a source.
Snap trap: The manhunt is on for the paparazzi who snapped the topless pix of Kate Middleton . . . and the latest word is that the long lens used by the secret snapper belongs to an Englishman who lives in southern France.
Sneedlings . . .
Watch for the March of Dimes to give its Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award for nursing to Angela C. Rodriguez of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Tuesday. Her No. 1 fan, Assistant City Editor Scott Fornek, is over the moon.
Sunday’s birthdays: Jason Alexander, (right) 53; Bruce Springsteen, 63, and Julio Iglesias, 69.