Author Eugene Izzi spent all of his life living in Chicago but unfortunately he was never really able to reach the heights of fame that his predecessors achieved (Mickey Spillaine and Dashiell Hammet).
His writing did not end up making him famous…but his death did…
The Death of Eugene Izzi
On December 7th, 1996, a man that was walking down Michigan Avenue happened to glance upwards and spot something terrifying.
He was rooted to the spot as he watched in horror as a man thrashed about outside a window 14 floors above street-level.
The police were called and they arrived on the scene soon afterwards. They broke into the 14th floor room and discovered an asphyxiated Eugene Izzi hanging from a noose outside the window.
Things were about to get even stranger…
When the writer’s body was searched they discovered $481 in cash, a set of brass knuckles, a can of what was assumed to be Mace and notes regarding a batch of threatening phone calls.
On top of that, the upper half of his body was covered in a bullet-proof vest.
Detectives decided to hide a certain detail about the death scene until about a month after the author’s death. A 800 page manuscript was found at the incident that Izzi’s publishers had never heard of.
Contained within these pages might have been a premonition, or even an inspiration.
One of the chapters in the manuscript covers a scene where an author is thrown out of a 14th floor window with a noose wrapped around his neck. This author was also supposed to be Chicago-based.
The character in the manuscript was also found with brass knuckles and Mace on his dead body. The Indiana militiamen are blamed for his murder.
Opinion was divided on how Izzi ended up in a body bag.
Many of his friends believed that he was killed by racist militia due to the fact he had infiltrated one of their groups for research in the past.
They believe that this group were so pissed off with the infiltration that they wanted EVERYONE to see the result of their handy work.
But on the flip side of the coin is Izzy’s own demons – maybe this was a simple suicide?
He was not an incredibly well known author but he had juggled severe drug and alcohol problems throughout his life.
Maybe he had just had enough of life?
The problem here is that he was well known for hating publicity – why would he choose this extremely public ending to his life?
On January 15th, the Cook County Coroner’s Office ruled Izzi’s death to be a suicide and the case was closed.
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