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Story Retrieval Date: 5/25/2013 1:49:01 PM CST
Victoria Dysart sat in the driver’s seat, parked at a gas station in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side when two gunmen foiled in a robbery attempt started shooting.
The botched robbery turned murder when a bullet struck Dysart in the head, killing her as she attempted to drive away. At home, she had a 5-year-old boy and a two-month-old baby.
“She was a good mom and took care of both of her kids by herself,” said Dysart’s mother, Tina Cornell, in an interview with ABC.
Cornell’s one wish?
“I want to catch the people who did it,” she said.
Two years later the case has yet to be solved and has been referred to the Chicago Police Department’s Cold Case Squad, a unit that specializes in reviewing and reinvestigating cases that have hit dead ends.
Tuesday, at the urging of Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), Deputy Chief Al Wysinger of the Cold Case Squad agreed to re-examine the 1939 murder of Chicago businessman Edward J. O’Hare.
O’Hare, a racetrack owner who had business ties to notorious gangster Al Capone, was murdered eight years after he cooperated with the IRS to help convict Capone of income-tax evasion.
Burke, regarded as the unofficial historian of the Chicago City Council, said he wanted to involve the police to set the record straight and see the past redeemed, but later stated he believed the case warranted very little attention.
“I think the likelihood [that they will find something definitive] is remote,” Burke said.
Burke also suggested that the Cold Case Squad use a new book by Jonathan Eig, “Get Capone,” as a tool in the review process.
Eig, who used thousands of pages of little-known government documents as research for the book, said he does not think his theories offer a definitive solution to the case.
“I don’t think there is much hard evidence,” Eig said. “This is not one of the cases in my book that I feel like I strongly present new information that could have solved the crime.”
All potential suspects in the O’Hare murder have since died, and O’Hare has no living children or immediate family.
Since its creation in 1999, the Cold Case Squad has solved 243 homicides leading to 192 arrests. Wysinger says the unit currently has “maybe a couple of hundred outstanding cases.”