John Christopher, FBI, Chicago discussed on Reveal



Another investigations wire meet things really complicated for Jim Davis. And his fellow agents I would've liked to have said John stay away from uncle Tony's office, but I can't tell John that we have a a wire, and uncle Tony's office. John Christopher also neglected to file his federal income tax returns in nineteen ninety two and ninety three I know it seems so mundane. But ultimately, this is why he went to prison. John Christopher was sentenced to thirty nine months in prison. But he was never forced to clean up the dumps or provide restitution to anyone in north Lonsdale. And then after he got out of prison, he disappeared again. Maybe for good this time. You mean he's been going for, like twenty years? And nobody knows where he is. Did you try and track him down? Yeah. I've been looking for John Christopher for almost three years trying to figure out what happened to him after he got out of prison. Because he co-operated with the FBI he could not safely return to his old life or even be in Chicago without FBI protection. So I look for him everywhere I could think of and allied just I found nothing. Eventually, I learned the FBI had set him up with a new name, and new social security number, and a new life. And that there was this FBI agent in Saint Louis who might have all that information. So I asked if he would talk to me, and if not if he would pass John Christopher a message for me, and this was the response, I got from the FBI's public information officer. Hi, it's Rebecca we ESPN think Lewis, I spoke with the ancient. And he says, I appreciate I guess empathy for the force, but not surprisingly she the kinds to participate again. He says that it is his responsibility to protect the source, and that he hopes that you understand that so. Thank you very much. And let me know giving question by. Even after all this time it appears that the FBI is still protecting. John Christopher what about all the trash he left behind the dump itself? What happened to it? Well, when the feds washed their hands of this problem and said by by Chicago, and with all the intense public scrutiny and the national media coverage that operation silver shovel had garnered the city finally stepped in and started awarding contracts to companies who could haul. All this rubble away remember the law or mount Henry once stood spanned twenty one acres, and the mountain itself was six stories tall. So these cleanup contracts, we're going to be really big and really lucrative. The cleanup had just started in January nineteen ninety six when the Reverend Jesse Jackson Stockton Royds, remove the community because of going to be a good, lucrative job for someone to have. Job. So Reverend Jackson the civil rights activist and two time candidate for president had I come to Chicago in the nineteen sixties, his rainbow push coalition is headquartered here. And the way Jackson tells it when he first learned about operation silver shovel he realized that this cleanup presented a unique opportunity. John Christopher had dumped in a black neighborhood, and he had helped take down black politicians, but someone was gonna get paid to clean up the dumps and Jackson, one of the city to hire black owned trucking firms to do it. Roseling was resistance because those who use a good he's gonna job demand, the right to get them in the we demanded the right to that system. So Reverend Jackson mounted a major protest to back up his demands Roma's trucks, and the land removers on this frigid Saturday in early February nineteen ninety six. Dozens of diesel trucks, and bulldozers plastered with signs that said things like we want our fair share and hire us to clean up the dumps all these trucks, lined up in a convoy and headed for north Lonsdale..

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