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Patrolman William P. Bosak | Chicago Police Department, Illinois Chicago Police Department, Illinois


William P. Bosak

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, March 3, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # 3319

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Death sentence commuted

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Patrolman William P. Bosak and Patrolman Roger Van Schaik were shot killed in an ambush attack. Officers Bosak and Van Schaik were returning to their squad car when a motorist traveling in the opposite direction stopped along side them. Without warning, the assailant began firing at the officers.

The killer was apprehended, convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. On January 10, 2003, outgoing Governor George Ryan commuted the death sentences of all 167 Illinois death-row inmates, including the death sentence of Officer Bosak's murderer, as his last act in office.

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Patrolman Roger W. Van Schaik
Chicago Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Saturday, March 3, 1979
Cause: Gunfire

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I'm not going to say anything about the governor. I'm gonna ask something else. How the hell did your killer stall his execution long enough. Some people who committed terrible crimes at the same time you were murdered or even after that were executed but your killer made it. I don't understand, how do psychopathic serial killers like John Wayne gacy and andrew kokoraleis get executed while your killer makes it. By that standard, he should have executed about a year after gacy.

Your killer was almost as worthy (and guilty) for death as that sick animal Gacy. In my mind, deliberately killing 2 police officers is pretty close in evil as being a serial killer. (Not to diminish the pain and suffering of gacys victims)

July 25, 2016


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