A career newspaperman, Lonny reopened the case in a two-week series of front page articles in the Joliet Herald-News in 1978. Cain and his partner, the late John Whiteside, left no stone unturned, and even enlisted the assistance of hypnotists and physics. Cain recalls the prevalent “fear factor” that was omnipresent in the community over twenty years after the event. Lonny is currently authoring an in-depth book on this case.
Shortly after graduating high school in Joliet the year of Molly's disappearance, Lynne worked at The Spectator on Molly's desk, filling the society pages. She recalls the glamour, grit and energy of the City of Joliet in the late 50s, and the reaction of the community to this story. Lynne describes the “old West newspaper” that was the Joliet Spectator. Years later, Lynne recounted the then-forgotten story of Molly to her neighbor, a young fellow journalist by the name of John Whiteside.
A love of mysteries and a chance conversation with an outdoorsman in his family’s tavern in rural Coal City, Illinois has instilled a near forty-year fascination with this story in Dennis. Enrietta possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of Mafia history, independently and thoroughly researching the Zelko case. He concludes that it may be bigger than anyone – now or then – ever imagined.
Megan Millen, Executive Director, Joliet Public Library
Keith Folk, Digital Media Studio, Joliet Public Library
Jim Zelko, Nephew of Molly Zelko
Arlene Reivers, Niece of Molly Zelko
John Conroy, Reporter
Matthew Luzi, Author, The Boys From Chicago Heights
Laura Daley, Editor
Lauren Peerbolte, Editor, Content Manager, and Most Supportive Spouse