The setting sun shimmered off of wind swept waves on Lake Erie as my plane took off for Chicago and I headed back to normal life, knowing that the people who I covered over the past three days will need a lot more than a 400 mile flight to return to their normal life. I flew to Cleveland on Monday after three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, and a child escaped from the home of Ariel Castro after allegedly being held there for about a decade.
My freind text me this morning to tell me I had the front page of the Wall Street Journal. You can’t beat that… too bad the subject is so grim.
Its not every day that an assignment teaches you something about your own childhood. When I was 7 years old my father, who shared my name, passed away and when I looked down today, I saw a boy, Ronnie Chambers Jr., who is about he same age as I was back then, sitting at my feet with RIP carved in the back of his hair. He was there mourning the loss of his father, who also shared the same name.
I was back at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse today for a verdict in a corruption trial for former Illinois Governor and convicted felon Rod Blagojevich. The man who became famous for saying, “I got this thing, and its fucking golden,” was convicted on 17 of 20 counts.
Below are photos I shot today of convicted felon and former media Baron Conrad Black. While, I was really surprised to see him kick open the car door upon his arrival,I was even more astonished to see his wife, who fainted in the courtroom, embrace him once the two were in their car.