An excerpt of 'Murder in Canaryville: The True Story Behind a Cold Case and a Chicago Cover-Up'

There are many tragic murder cases that have become lodged in Chicago’s collective memory. There are also many that have been forgetten, lost to history without a closer look into what really happened. One of those was the 1976 killing of a teenager named John Hughes, shot from a car in a city park in Canaryville on the Southwest Side. His bright future was snuffed out while he was still in high school, part of a feud between teens along ethnic lines in his neighborhood. As I learned about the details of the case from retired Chicago police detective Jim Sherlock, it was clear the story of the…

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