Tough show today. Verlie called in on her way to Indianapolis to talk about Val Taneff, her good friend, who was there when Mike Suggs proposed to her at Asparagus in Merrillville. "That's how good of friends we were," Verlie said. Val and her daughter were strangled to death in their homes in Calumet Township. "Horribly gruesome scene," said Lake County Sheriff John Buncich.
A number of callers remembered Karen from the North Shore. It really is true that she parked her car on the Skyway in south Chicago and, according to police and the Chicago Tribune, jumped 200 feet to her death on the ice of the Calumet River. Dody Russel, who owns Bellsom Electric, was listening to the show in the parking lot and found out that it was Karen from the North Shore. Dody came in the building crying, almost unable to appear on the show.
"We worked together in the 1980s at the Hammond Civic Center. She and Ron are good friends," Dody said.
Then Gloria called in...
Then Gloria called in and talked also about her good friend in radio and TV, Val Taneff. There's a certain fraternity of Gary-Merrillville people who watchdog on Gary and Lake County government, and Val and Verlie and Gloria are in it. Although if you think about it, you might call it a sorority. After a good six minutes of talking to Gloria about the double homocide and the effect it was having on her... I abruptly dismissed Gloria and went to a commercial.
I just couldn't take it anymore. Went to a commercial and came back with Brian Jennings to talk about the upcoming high school basketball game between East Chicago Central and Griffith. The Panthers moved it from their tiny hotbox of a gym (capacity 1500) to the Civic Center (5,500). I'm scheduled to announce the game on Saturday. It'll be fun.
But today's show was anything but fun. We bounced back and forth between the Taneff murders and the death of Karen from the North Shore. If you are a local radio person, you know what these shows are like. You are supposed to be there for people. Just hold their hand and be there for them. By 8am, I had another two hours to go - it's Long Tuesday - and I just wanted to go home and go back to sleep. I didn't rest well after learning about Karen last night. How could this happen? The three or four of you still haven't answered me that yet.
After a couple of business meeting stuffs, I did come home about 3pm and went right to sleep. A deep two hours of slumber. I dreamt of the cold and icy Calumet River. It's time to bowl. I welcome the diversion.