The Roseland community in Chicago has had more than their
share of serial murder over the years. The new millennium brought to light the serial
murderer Geoffrey T. Griffin. From July
of 1998 to July 2000, Griffin used the neighborhoods of the Roseland area of
Chicago as his personal killing fields. In a modus operandi familiar among
African American serial killers
, Geoffrey Griffin would lure area streetwalkers
to abandoned buildings in lieu of receiving drugs or cash. Once inside, Griffin
would rape then murder his victims. Arrested on June 17, 2000, he was
subsequently charged with eight murders and 1 aggravated criminal sexual
Many of his charges stem from bodies found long after his arrest.
On September 22, 2005, Judge Fred Suria convicted Griffin of
killing Angela Jones after watching a videotape in which he described how he
squeezed Jones' throat during sex after the two smoked crack cocaine. Judge Suria acquitted him of killing Beverly
Burns even though the man's shirt and jacket were spattered with her blood. The
judge said that he was troubled by the lack of evidence at the crime scene
against Griffin and by the fact that there was no blood of the victim at the
scene. Griffin was sentenced to 100 years in prison on November 06, 2005.
Trials for the other murders are forthcoming.
In 2010, serial murder returned to Roseland. Michael Johnson,
a 24 year old Roseland resident was arrested on May 22, 2010 and charged with
three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of criminal
sexual assault. Johnson’s DNA was taken
and said to have matched at least four unsolved murders in the area. Currently
held in Cook County Department of Corrections
on no bond, Johnson now 27 is
being investigated for additional murders in the Roseland community.
The premise and purpose of writing and publishing, “TheDarker Side of Evil,”
was to enlighten society of the existence of Black serial
killers as well as to advise African-American communities of these predator’s
abilities to hide and operate in plain sight. As usual the victims of these crimes were
women. More specifically, women labeled nightwalkers or prostitutes that take
to life on the streets by virtue of drug addiction. Drug addicts and prostitutes are viewed by
some as people whose behavior brought their fate upon themselves. In my book, I pointed that society views
these people as “throwaways,” people that society has basically given up on and
truthfully wish would fall from the face of the earth anyway.
WE MUST CHANGE THE WAY WE VIEW EACH OTHER. The only time
society seems to feel any level of empathy is when a problem affects us
directly. We as a civilized society must change our judgmental views of each
other and begin to care for something outside of ourselves. The devil cannot
exist and operate if we keep an eye out for the well-being of the people around
us. He thrives on our selfishness and inability to concern with the issues of
the people we see and interact with daily. As long as we continue to do what
we’ve always done, we will continue to get what we’ve always gotten.
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