Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz attempted to make his suicide appear like a shooting in the line of duty.
That was far from his only wrongdoing. He was deeply involved in criminal activity.
The man was no hero. He didn't deserve to be mourned the way he was by members of the public.
The latest developments in the investigation into the September shooting death of an Illinois police officer (all times local):Wow.
An official tells The Associated Press that the wife and son of an Illinois police lieutenant who killed himself during a probe of a youth program he oversaw are two of the individuals with whom he exchanged some incriminating text messages.
Authorities investigating the September death of northern Illinois police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz released documents containing some of the thousands of pages of texts and Facebook messages he shared with others in the weeks before he died. The documents identified two of the recipients only as Individual #1 and Individual #2.
The official, who was briefed on the investigation, told The Associated Press's Don Babwin Thursday that Individual #1 was Gliniewicz's wife Melodie, who in one message suggests the couple may "need to hide the funds some how."
The official said Individual #2 was Gliniewicz's son D.J., who the officer warns that not repaying money spent on personal items could mean he "will be visiting me in JAIL!!"
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
An attorney for the family has not responded to AP's requests for comment Thursday.
A village administrator who police say was the target of an officer who staged his suicide says the case is "almost surreal."
Fox Lake Village Administrator Anne Marrin spoke Thursday about Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Police say he feared Marrin would expose him as a thief.
Det. Chris Covelli said Lt Gliniewicz sent a text in April asking a woman to set up a meeting with a "high ranking gang member to put a hit on the village manager."
Marrin said she never had anything but cordial and polite dealings with Gliniewicz, and never had any sense he was angry with her. She said she learned about the threat against her after Gliniewicz's death.
Marrin say she has been assured by police that she is safe.
An official says an Illinois police officer who killed himself tried to arrange for a gang member "to put a hit" on a village administrator because he feared she would discover he had been embezzling money.
Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Christopher Covelli also said Thursday that investigators found packets of cocaine in Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz's desk after his Sept. 1 death.
Covelli says investigators recovered deleted text messages in which Gliniewicz mentioned the possibility of planting something on the administrator, Anne Marrin, although he says they don't know if that's why he had the cocaine.
Covelli says Gliniewicz sent the text about arranging the hit to a woman last April, asking for help arranging a meeting with a high-ranking gang member. He declined to give her name.
Gliniewicz left his wife and son with quite a mess, didn't he?
What a guy!