Brian Dugan had been sentenced to life in inprison for the 1984 rape and murder of twenty seven year old Donna Schnorr and the 1985 rape and murder of seven year old Melissa Ackerman.
Prior to these two horrific incidents, Jeanine Nicarico a ten year old girl from Naperville was home from sick school with the flu on February 25, 1983. Jeanine went missing on that February day to be found dead two days later. Jeanine Nicarico was raped and murder just like Donna Schnorr and Melissa Ackerman would be a year later and two years later, respectively.
Countless other young girls and women were approached by Brian Dugan; some were able to escape unharmed, but others had not been so lucky. In the aftermath of these terrible tragedies, several woman had come forth saying they had been raped by Brian Dugan.
In 1985, Brian Dugan admitted to raping and murdering Jeanine Nicaro; yet, his admission was completely disregarded. Since then, two other men, Ronaldo Cruz and Alejandro Hernandez, had been wrongfuly convicted of the rape and murder of Jeanine Nicarico. Both of these men had spent countless years in prison for a crime that Dugan had confessed to. What does this say about our criminal justice system?
Over twenty years later, in November of 2005, Brian Dugan was first indicted for the rape and murder of Jeanine Nicarico. Would justice finally be served? Upon Dugan's indictment in the Nicarcio case, we have learned of Dugan's troubled beginnings. His dad was an alcoholic. He ran away from home at fifteen when he committed his first burgarly. Trouble with law enforcement led to Dugan being sent from one juvenile facility to another to jail to prison, but he had always been released early.
At the age of seventeen, Brian Dugan approached a ten year old girl named Barbara asking for directions, but she was one of the lucky ones who was able to escape.
Now Brian Dugan is fifty two years old. He has not seen the light of day since 1985; over twenty four years ago. Twenty four years after confessing to the rape and murder of Jeanine Nicarico once again Brian Dugan has confessed to committing this terrible tragedy. Joe Birkett, ironically, a John Marshall alumni, is pushing for the death sentence of Brian Dugan.
Media reports tell us that Brian Dugan is in isolation for contacting media outlets. It has been alleged that Dugan is contacting media outlets to taint possible jury pools. In determing whether Dugan should be sentenced to death, is Dugan's attempt to contact the media really going to make a differnce when a jury of twelve decide his fate after he admitted to raping and killing a ten year old little girl?
Judge Bakalis describes Dugan's attempt to contact the media as one to spread the word that he is a changed man. Will Bakalis' isolation of Dugan to prevent him from contacting the media really make a difference? Will a jury have already made up its mind in deciding Dugan's fate? A twice convicted rapist and murderer? Brian Dugan is already serving life in prison. Nothing the criminal justice system does can bring Jeanine back. You be the judge on whether an attempt to cut off media publicity of the Brian Dugan potential death penalty sentencing will really matter?