'Pine Village Massacre' Killer Back In Prison, For Now, After Parole Controversy

Bob Roberts
May 16, 2018 - 5:17 pm

Illinois Department of Corrections

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Convicted “Pine Village Massacre” killer Carl Reimann is back behind bars at the Dixon Correctional Center, after complaints from the two communities where he was supposed to begin his parole following 45 years in prison.

Reimann, 77, was released to the custody of a LaGrange family but was moved to a group home in Calumet City. Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said corrections officers took him into custody at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday and returned him to Dixon.

WBBM is told that publicity about Reimann's whereabouts did not help, and forced the decision to return him to prison. On the other hand, Qualkinbush said, the least the Prisoner Review Board could have done is warn her or her police chief that Reimann was coming.      

"There was no warning at all," she said.  "I learned about it on social media."        

She said the group home was less than 300 feet from Memorial Park in Calumet City. 

In both of the short-lived arrangements, Reimann was located close to a school. 

The PRB’s chief counsel, Jason Sweat, told WBBM only that it does not decide where parolees relocate. He said the Corrections Department's parole agents make that call. 

Reimann could be released again, if parole agents find a suitable location.  

His supporters say he found religion behind bars and is a changed man.     

Qualkinbush said she and members of the City Council want to know what criteria prison officials are using when deciding where to permit a parolee to live.     

She said she was "absolutely appalled" that Reimann was moved to Calumet City without notice to police or the city.   

Qualkinbush also suggested there is a racial component to Reimann's move, noting that he was relocated by the state from a predominately white suburb to a racially diverse neighborhood in her community.

"Maybe they thought we wouldn't care," she said. 

Reinmann was convicted of killing five people in a Yorkville restaurant in 1972. That incident became known as the Pine Village Massacre.