"Retirement will free Illinois State Police lieutenant Michale Callahan to elaborate on the ISP’s apparent refusal to reinvestigate the 1986 murders of Dyke and Karen Rhoads, newlyweds from Paris, Ill.
"Randy Steidl and Herbert Whitlock were convicted of the murders in separate trials, but both maintain they were innocent. Last year, Steidl was released from prison after a federal court granted him a new trial and Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan declined to prosecute.
"Callahan has spent much of the past five years seeking permission to reopen and fully investigate the Rhoads murder case. In an ongoing lawsuit against three of his ISP superior officers, Callahan alleges that he was wrongfully demoted in retaliation for his efforts to investigate a Paris businessman whom evidence indicated might be involved in the crime. This “person of interest,” not named in Callahan’s lawsuit, was a major donor to the political campaign of former Gov. George Ryan.