Everyone remember Derrick King? Readers may recall him as the homeless asshole with something like 100 arrests, many for aggressive panhandling and trespass to property. He famously attacked a woman downtown for refusing him a cigarette, knocking out most of her teeth and causing her to end up with 85 staples in her head. On one occasion after Governor Quinn paroled him, he got arrested the very next day.
Well, it seems Derrick woke up a few days ago in his palatial suite in Grant Park in the company of his sometime "street wife." Except the Missus wasn't breathing. Dead in the park.
Now, given King's violent temper, past history and propensity toward beating defenseless women, one would hope that every effort was expended to investigate the mysterious death of someone in his company.
However, given the embarrassment that would arise if it was found he had killed someone after 100+ arrests and countless paroles by the governor's Prisoner Review Board, along the effort to avoid 500 homicides, we wouldn't wonder that the death ended up as another miscounted casualty. It's just another homeless person.