Families Demand State Keep 'Pine Village Massacre' Killer In Prison

Steve Miller
May 21, 2018 - 4:12 pm

Illinois Department of Corrections


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Some of the families of the five people murdered 46 years ago at a Yorkville steak house have started a petition drive to have parole revoked for the convicted killer.

It was just over three weeks ago that 77-year-old Carl Reimann was paroled after serving 45 years in prison for murdering five employees and customers at the Pine Village Steak House in 1972.

One of the victims was 16-year-old Catherine Rekate, who worked part-time as a dishwasher.

Catherine Rekate, right, was among the "Pine Village Massacre" victims in 1972; her brother, Bruce, is in front. (Bruce Rekate/Facebook)

"She was working to go to college. She was almost a 4.0 average. And she was very good in school. She was popular,” said Catherine’s brother, Bruce, who was 8 at the time.

Their father was in the steak house parking lot when the shots were fired that late December night in '72, so close to New Years Eve.

"Apparently he thought it was fireworks going off in the background,” the sibling said.

Carl Reimann was convicted of robbery and murder. The state’s attempts to parole the now-elderly inmate were scuttled recently, as Reimann’s new neighbors objected. As of Monday, he was in a state prison in Dixon.

Now, Rekate and the families of the other victims have started a petition to have Reimann's parole revoked.

"He's a killer. No matter how you look at it. He has destroyed five families,” Bruce Rekate said.