Extensive criminal activity caused Gliniewicz to stage his death
At a news conference held at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, investigators released their conclusion that Fox Lake Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz’s death was a carefully staged suicide. Overwhelming evidence determined that the suicide was the result of extensive criminal acts that Gliniewicz had been committing and the fact that he was under increasing levels of personal stress from scrutiny of his management of the Fox Lake Police Explorer program. The investigation also indicated strong criminal activity on the part of at least two other individuals. Because that portion of the investigation is still open and ongoing, investigators had no further comment on that part of the investigation.
The investigation found Gliniewicz had been stealing and laundering money from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post. This had been occurring over the past seven years. Gliniewicz was also found to have forged signatures on official documents. Thousands of dollars were used by Giniewicz for personal purchases (travel expenses, mortgage payments, personal gym membership, adult websites, facilitating personal loans, and unaccounted cash withdrawals). The documents discovered with forged signatures were requisitions for federal surplus equipment and official police explorer documents.
The investigation recovered electronic messages that were deleted from Gliniewicz’s personal and work cellular phones, including incriminating messages that had been deleted prior to his suicide. The investigation also determined conclusively that Gliniewicz intentionally left a staged trail of police equipment at the crime scene. Analysis determined that this trail of equipment (consisting of his pepper spray, baton, and glasses) was an attempt to mislead first responders and investigators to believe it was a homicide scene. It was learned through investigation that Gliniewicz had significant experience in staging “mock crime scenes” for police explorer training.
The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit concurred that this was a staged scene, in part because there were no signs of Gliniewicz being dragged after the initial shot and no physical signs he fought for his life. The investigation also concluded that Gliniewicz strategically aimed the first of the two shots from his own gun at the lower abdominal area striking his cellular phone and bullet-proof vest, which absorbed most of the impact of that first shot.
Advanced ballistics testing with the use of ultraviolet photographic equipment conducted by the Northern Ilinois Regional Crime Lab confirmed both gunshots were fired at close range. Gunshot residue was found in the interior portion of Gliniewicz’s bullet-proof vest cover when the second fatal round was fired which indicates the gun was placed underneath the vest carrier when the fatal round was fired.
As investigators pursued the Gliniewicz investigation, all possible death scenarios were considered, including the possibilities of homicide as well as suicide. In this matter, they presumed no facts prior to or during the investigation. they had no preconceived notions as to what occurred nor did they pre-judge the outcome of the investigation.
Task Force Commander George Filenko stated that Gliniewicz committed the ultimate betrayal of the citizens he served and the entire law enforcement community. The facts of his actions prove he behaved for years in a manner completely contrary to the image he portrayed.
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