Joe Gliniewicz arranging a sham marriage for his son is just one of the latest reveals on this crooked cop. Gliniewicz was a “bad seed” who had orchestrated more than one sham in life, like the marriage of his mistress to his son. This was done for monetary gain for his son in the military.
His life appeared to be full of shams both at work and at home. He had a police personnel file full of inappropriate behavior reports with documentation indicating that he had been suspended numerous times.
He arranged for his own mistress to marry his son because his son, who is in the army, would collect a bigger pay check if he had a wife to support. Gliniewicz even left this world pulling one last sham.
Probably the biggest sham was when Gliniewicz orchestrated his own suicide to make it look as if he had been killed in the line of duty while in pursuit of criminals. Apparently his last slight of hand was to paint himself a hero. At the time he died he was under investigation for missing police department funds.
An investigation into his death proved that Gliniewicz didn’t get away with that last sham. They found that he carefully planned the suicide to look as if he’d been shot-down in the line of duty. He tried to create his own hero status!
According to CBS News on November 6, Gliniewicz, who was a “bad seed,” was not an officer very much liked by his fellow officers. His fellow officers got together and wrote the mayor of Fox Lake a letter complaining about moral being at an all-time low because of what Gliniewicz was allowed to get away with by the chief of police. The two-page letter detailed Gliniewicz’s misdeeds and how the chief of police seemed to protect this cop’s job.
According to DB Techno News today, local bar owners made complaints that Gliniewicz drank to excess and he was reported to have groped a woman at a police party. The cops say that he got so drunk once that the cops couldn’t wake him after he fell asleep in his truck with the engine going. They took him home and put him to bed and when he couldn’t remember a thing the next day, he reported his truck stolen.
The 264-page personal file of this wayward cop showed a half dozen suspensions, yet he remained on the force until his suicide. The cops wrote in the letter that Gliniewicz had an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate that ended up costing the town “thousands of dollars” in a lawsuit. They did this in hopes of the mayor taking notice.
He had more than a dozen serious infractions listed in his file, but still remained on the force. He had threatened to shoot the dispatcher, harassed women, allowed residents to use the city’s gas pumps and he used a police car for a family vacation. Yet still he was a cop. He also took police reports out of the station and conducted reviews in public. He confronted other officers about the reports.
These were just some of the infractions highlighted in this letter the cops sent the mayor. This letter also said: “Chief Behan’s head-in-the-sand approach to dealing with Lt. Gliniewicz can no longer go on,” the letter stated. “It has destroyed morale within the department. … It is our sincere hope that you will address this matter.” It is not known if the mayor ever did address this matter, what is known that Gliniewicz was still a cop on the day he died by his own hand!