Oak Park police to file charges in murder of 81-year-old

Victim suffered multiple injuries in assault

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police say they plan to file charges against a relative of an 81-year-old man reportedly found beaten to death inside his Austin Boulevard apartment on Jan. 6.

The body of Oak Park resident Patrick Dooley, 81, was discovered in his apartment on Saturday by police. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office reported that Dooley had died as a result of multiple injuries suffered during an assault. His death was ruled a homicide.

Dooley was discovered inside his apartment in the 100 block of North Austin Boulevard, where he lived alone, at about 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 6, according to police.

A news release stated that "the public was never at risk, since no obvious signs of foul play or forced entry into the apartment were found."

Police reported that the incident began as a death investigation when they entered the apartment for a well-being check at the request of a family member. Police say they will release more information as it becomes available.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Chris Hauri from River Forest  

Posted: January 13th, 2018 11:26 AM

Many of us who knew Patrick from volunteering at the FLLW Home & Studio and house walks for the OPRF History Museum are very sad and stunned by his death. Patrick was kind, thoughtful and interested in his community. We'll miss seeing him.

Leslie Roberts  

Posted: January 12th, 2018 5:32 PM

Thank you, Galen. Patrick was a very sweet gentle man that did not deserve such a horrible fate. No human being deserves to be treated like that. And now those who frequently add comments are violating him again by overlooking his humanity. Where is compassion for another human being? On the long coach bus ride to Iowa in 2012, as a campaign volunteer, when he was 76 years old, as my seat partner, he mentioned he was very much involved in the Chicago Teacher's Union for decades..

June Stout  

Posted: January 11th, 2018 10:39 AM

Galen, thank you for your comment. RIP Pat

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 10th, 2018 10:58 PM

Brian and Bill: nicely put.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 10th, 2018 9:41 PM

@ GG: I cant speak for the rest of the crew but I for one do not mourn for the dead. The dead cant hear it. I use their death to move me to action, which in this case and at my age is setting the record straight when I can, calling out the mistakes when I see them, and doing what I can for someone who cant. With no regrets.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 10th, 2018 9:12 PM

Galen, with all sincere due respect, merely stating the definition of "homicide" and noting that news accounts don't sway prosecutor's judgements on criminal charges does not make me or anyone else a criminologist, wannabe or not.

Galen Gockel  

Posted: January 10th, 2018 6:14 PM

Come on, Brian, Bruce and Bill, stop trying to prove which one of you is the smartest criminologist. Instead mourn the death of a gentle soul who did not deserve this.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 10th, 2018 1:12 AM

Actually, police do file charges. The States Attorney authorizes charges thru felony Review.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 9th, 2018 11:50 PM

On the other hand, even though one can not possibly "beat oneself to death" thereby ruling out suicide or natural cause, with out an autopsy, one does not know the cause of death. So yes I agree. I mean it could be that he died a natural death and then someone beat him post mortem. Not likely but certainly possible.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 9th, 2018 11:32 PM

Obviously Bill, I made the assumption - perhaps unwise given reporting quality these days - that the police report defines this as a homicide. (which I understand is death caused by another - as opposed to suicide or natural cause etc).You don't have to be a Michael Baden to recognize a "beaten to death." It certainly ain't a suicide, nor a death from natural cause. DUH!

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 9th, 2018 9:55 PM

First off, "homicide" simply means the death was caused by another person, without any other implication. And no prosecutor bases her/his decision to file any charges on a news release.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 9th, 2018 9:16 PM

But Bob, prosecutors file charges based upon the evidence and descriptions of the crime scene as filed by the police. "Beaten to death" is the crime scene description. It is by definition a homicide. Whether this homicide is self defense (justifiable), manslaughter, murder I (first degree) or murder II (second degree) or whatever, is - as you point out - up to the prosecution.

Robert Zeh  

Posted: January 9th, 2018 8:43 PM

Police don't file charges. Prosecutors file charges.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 9th, 2018 3:40 AM

Plus, the unmanned spokesperson guarantees that the person still at large who beat someone to death is harmless to the public.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 8th, 2018 9:11 PM

Your right Brian. I would think that having been "beaten to death" is prima facie evidence of "foul play."

Brian Sieben  

Posted: January 8th, 2018 8:58 PM

How can the police report state that there was no obvious signs of foul play when they are investigating a murder scene?

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