Serial killer John Wayne Gacy in 1978.
Updated: November 18, 2012 7:07AM
The Gacy case . . .
Sneed hears Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who is getting a reputation for exhuming skeletons and finding misplaced cemetery bodies, has submitted a NEW warrant request to search the backyard of a Northwest side apartment building where the mother of serial killer John Wayne Gacy lived.
◆ Buckshot: Sheriff Dart’s original request to examine the site in the 6100 block of West Miami Avenue was denied earlier this year by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who claimed Dart did not have probable cause to produce evidence of a crime — a k a Gacy victims — to obtain a warrant.
◆ Upshot: Dart’s current request has yet to be turned down. “It’s not just sitting on her [Alvarez’s] desk — it’s being seriously considered,” said a Sneed source. The downside: The warrant was submitted at least two weeks ago, and Dart is still waiting for a reply.
◆ Backshot: A tip by a retired Chicago cop, who claimed he saw Gacy digging in a yard with a shovel at 3 a.m. during the 1970s prompted “a police dig” on that site in 1998 — which turned up nothing. Sneed is told Dart believes the police did a shoddy job at the time — and wants to see if the site contains “a missing piece to the Gacy puzzle.”
The name game . . .
Didn’t you know? President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sign their tweets and greets to each other as “Mo” and “Bo.” Now you know.
The Hillary file . . .
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is getting high praise for deflecting the bullet away from President Obama by accepting responsibility for the security snafu during a Libyan terrorist raid at a diplomatic outpost costing the life of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
The buck, she claimed, stops with her.
Here’s a little history note: During Hillary’s 2008 Dem primary race against Barack Obama — who was then stressing vision and inspiration, Hillary countered the ability to run government on a day-to-day basis was what mattered.
She then stated:
“The buck stops in the Oval Office!”
Kapow! Sneed hears Hillary is seething that veep Joe Biden, who is this/close to Obama, dumped the incendiary incident in her State Department lap during the veep debate.
The big question: Is Hillary biting the bullet as a sacrificial lamb . . . or is she responsible for inept housekeeping?
Gaga for . . . tanning?
Hope she isn’t burned! Sneed has learned songstress Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) stopped in for 10 minutes in the strongest bed at L.A. Tan on Walton Street in the Gold Coast on Monday night.
◆ To wit: Gaga, who is in town supporting her beau Taylor Kinney as he shoots the TV drama “Chicago Fire,” came with her bodyguard and asked for advice on how to darken fast. She was dressed to the grunge nines — in combat boots and black shorts — and when she came out of the booth, she looked “a world different” . . . way darker, according to a Sneed source.
Political softball . . .
That explains the pant suits! Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently led her office softball team to its second championship in the Governmental League — while wearing her work clothes.
◆ For the win: Preckwinkle bats, plays second base and catcher for her team. She got her trophy at Tuesday’s Cook County Board meeting.
class . . .
◆ Former Police Supt. Phil Cline, a stellar top cop, is once again teaching (along with former top counsel Sheri Mecklenburg) a popular, fully booked class at the University of Chicago this semester titled “Police Policy in the 21st Century.” Natch.
Sneedlings . . .
I spy: Corey Feldman dined at the Rosebud on Rush Monday night . . . Book beat: Veteran Chicago newsman Peter Nolan will introduce his newly published book, “Campaign!” Wednesday night at O’Brien’s Restaurant in Old Town. The book chronicles the historic Chicago mayoral campaign of 1983 between Mayor Jane Byrne, Richard M. Daley and Harold Washington . . . Wednesday’s birthdays: Margot Kidder, 64; Jimmy Breslin, 82 and Ziggy Marley, 44.