Selected Statements of CPD Detectives

Anonymous Letters

In February and March of 1989, lawyers at the People’s Law Office began to receive letters and phone messages from an anonymous police source. At the time, the People’s Law Office was engaged in defending Andrew Wilson in a widely publicized trial. The anonymous source stated that he worked with Burge, revealed the existence of other victims of torture, including Melvin Jones, and named Burge’s torture co-conspirators. The anonymous source claimed that the 1982 torture of Wilson, Melvin Jones and Donald White had taken place in front of, or was otherwise known to, the Chief of Detectives, the Superintendent of Police, and the State’s Attorney.

The following Chicago Police Detectives testified to patterns of torture at Area 2: