September 18, 2003
It was announced today that the
long time criminal Rodney Adkins had graduated to the role of killer on
July 31, 2003
Rodney Adkins, 40, of Broadview, Illinois
Charged with Three Counts of Burglary and
one count of Murder.
by Ed Vincent
when he is alleged to have brutally
broken the back of Ms.
Catherine McAvinchey, of Oak
Park and then left her on the floor in one room and went into the kitchen
where he nearly
removed her head with a kitchen
knife. The dim-witted murderer to his stolen merchandise to a pawn
shop and produced legal papers to show who he was. Following the
letter of the law when dealing
with a pawn shop allowed Oak Park Police to charge this paroled convict
items from the late Ms. Catherine
McAvinchey's home. Ms. McAvinchey's Sony Laptop computer, glasses
and a watch
were sold by Adkins to a local
pawn shop where Oak Park police had posted items with serial numbers for
the Pawn brokers to watch for.
Ms. Catherine McAvinchey was a pleasant
person who shopped
Ms. Catherine McAvinchey
at a local food store.
She kept to herself and was an executive in the Neiman Marcus Store in
downtown Chicago. When we spoke with some neighbors, many were relieved
and thankful that the Oak Park Detectives helped bring justice to the murdered
woman. Some parents in the area told their children right after the
murder to come in the front door of the house only and do not use the rear
door-where someone could force you into the house. Things will be
a little more relaxed now,
but never the same. The
young adult that I spoke with about this murder can not understand the
evil of the killer.
It has reported that Rodney Adkins
has confessed to the murder of Ms. Catherine McAvinchey, and given the
Police detailed information of the slaying.
Anita Padilla from NBC 5 Brings the News
to Chicago and the Metro Area
Oak Park Journal photo
Oak Park Police Expected to Bring Charges On Murder
September 15, 2003
Police Detectives and Residents Try to Make sense of the Murder
Scene. 10:45 pm (July 31, 2003) at 936 Washington Blvd.
939 Washington Blvd.
by Ed Vincent
We have been informed of several items that could help
bring this horrific murder to the start of a conclusion and the naming
of a suspect. I had heard from police department sources that Oak
Park Police had obtained blood that was reported to have come from the
murderer at 939 Washington Blvd. When Ms. Catherine
McAvinchey, a woman who shopped at our local stores, and enjoyed
the Village where she lived, was brutally murdered in daylight, in her
own kitchen, and the killer left a
scene that would cause many to have nightmares. The
knew they had someone that had to be found and brought
to justice. I had written earlier that I thought this was not a random
murder, and now I may have been wrong in my earlier belief. The suspect
in question though fits much of the info that we had earlier felt might
fit "his" profile. "It is this reporters view that the perpetrator
was not a random burglar. We believe that it was a young male who
was recently released from a jail, who hates women, has no value for human
life, and will be caught by our police."
It is now believed by many that the Murder of Ms. Catherine
McAvinchey may already have been solved. Oak Park police are working
to fit in all the blanks and complete the puzzle, crossing all the "T's"
and dotting all the "i's". It is important to have all the evidence
compiled before a charge can be brought forth. Forest Park Police
currently have the reported top suspect in the Cook County Jail.
The individual that Forest Park arrested with the help of Oak Park detectives
is a very strong and violent man. Forest Park had two burglaries
of residents homes, a month after the murder of Ms. Catherine McAvinchey.
This is a man who was on parole for a burglary and arson in Oak Park back
in 1995, when he was only 31 years old. The man was convicted for
burglary and arson to a home on the 500 block of north Ridgeland, and sentenced
to 15 years in prison at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center. He
was out on parole after serving half of his time in jail and was working
as a home health care worker. It should probably be looked into
if violent offenders (arsonists) should be allowed to have close companionship
with vulnerable people as a job. The
man in jail for burglarizing two locations in Forest
5 foot 8 inches and weighs about 230 pounds.
He is 40 years
old and has already admitted to the two Forest Park
crimes and several additional burglaries in surrounding towns. The
court will make his parole invalid and with convictions on these two new
cases (even without murder) this person is not going to see freedom for
a long long time. This brutish criminal took his stolen merchandise to
a local pawn shop for sale. When Forest Park Detectives accompanied
one the their victims to several Pawn Shops they came upon some jewelry
which belonged to a woman and her flute was found in the store. The
Detective then identified himself to the owner of the pawn shop and requested
to see the information required by law showing who had sold the items in
question. The owner of the Pawn shop had video and personal information
giving the person's name and address. The police then got warrants
for the home of the man's mother and searched the domicile for stolen merchandise.
Additional items were recovered and it was believed
the mother had helped sell some of the stolen items. The arrested man did
not admit to the murder in Oak Park of Ms. Catherine McAvinchey, but evidence
of blood (DNA) and items believed to have been sold from the stolen apartment
are reported on record.
The Oak Park detectives are said to be pleased with
what they do have according to numerous police sources.
When Ms. Catherine McAvinchey was found brutally murdered many police felt
that it must have been someone that she could identify, and someone that
did not want to return to jail if caught. It would also have to be
someone who was very
strong and violent.
The method of entry info the burgled residences is
simple and banal, it is brute force, repeated kicking over and over until
the door gives way. This repeated kicking at the door left many prints
of the shoes sole on the door. Using digital assistance from computers,
and graphics programs the shoes were able to be identified as to their
manufacturer and date. The real break though in all of Forest Park's
fine detective work was the evidence found in the Pawn shop. The
shoe's prints did match the markings on the doors in Forest Park, and the
confessions are also a big plus. It is felt that the confessions
to the burglary may have been an attempt to avoid more serious charges
that Oak Park is preparing to levy. The fact that the prime suspect
is currently behind bars is good for all, Oak Park now has time to
prepare their case and see justice brought in the
murder of a
very fine citizen of our town. Names and
photos will be released when Oak Park officially makes the charges public.
Rodney Adkins, 40, of Broadview, Illinois
Charged with Three Counts of Murder.
here for the original breaking news.