The wife and son are under investigation in the death and corruption of Lieutenant Charles “Joe” Gliniewicz. He died of a gunshot wound on September 1 in Fox Lake, Illinois, after radioing that he was pursuing three suspects. After a prolonged investigation, it was announced on November 4 that his death had been a well thought out suicide to hide a litany of money laundering that he was involved in.
His wife, Melodie, and son DJ, along with his other children, released a statement upon hearing of the investigation's finding. It read "Today has been another day of deep sorrow for the Gliniewicz family. The family has cooperated with the Task Force's investigation and will not comment at this time. The Gliniewicz family requests that their privacy be respected as they continue to cope with the loss of the beloved husband and father."
The exact role that Melodie and DJ are thought to to have played in the corruption isn't clear. In announcing that Charles had committed suicide, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said "With those partners, our investigation strongly indicates criminal activity on the part of at least two other individuals." He also said that investigators believed that Charles took his own life because his theft from a Fort Lake, Illinois, education program was about to be revealed.
A local politician, Anne Marrin, added "The Village fully supports the prosecution of each and every individual who conspired with Lt. Gliniewicz and or has engaged in criminal activity that came at the expense of our community, our police department and those we serve." Meanwhile, the town's Mayor Donny Schmidt said "It doesn't change the fact that he was my friend, he might have had some warts but overall he was a good man and he did much for our youth and our community and he was a public servant for 30 years."
Here are the photos of Lt. Gliniewicz's son that you need to see: