Kenneth Robert Glabe1,2,3

ID# 368, (1926 - 1971)
FatherRobert Henry Glabe1,4,5 (14 Feb 1901 - 4 May 1966)
MotherRuth Fern Shaffner1,6,5 (5 Jan 1903 - 3 Oct 1985)

Key Events:

Birth: 3 Jul 1926, Chicago, Illinois7,8,9
Marriage: 9 Apr 1949, Chicago, Illinois10
Divorce11
Marriage: 26 Dec 1964, Libertyville, Illinois, Karen L. Rodack (24 Oct 1941 - 7 Jul 2015)12,13
Death: 21 Jun 1971, Zion, Illinois14,15,16
ChartsDescendants of Jakob and Anna Katharina Glebe
AncestryThe Glabe Family

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Narrative:

     Kenneth Robert Glabe was born on 3 Jul 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.7,8,9 He appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, in the household of his parents, Robert Henry Glabe and Ruth Fern Shaffner.4 He appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Blue Island, Cook Co., Illinois, in the household of his parents.17
     Kenneth enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps on 2 Jan 1945 at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.18,19 He was discharged 30 Oct 1946.20
     Kenneth married first on 9 Apr 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, with Rev. Ray Edwin Bond officiating.10
     Kenneth moved to Mt. Prospect, Illinois, in 1955.
     Kenneth and and his first wife were divorced.11
     Kenneth married second Karen L. Rodack, daughter of John T. Rodack and Violet E. Strelow, on 26 Dec 1964 in Libertyville, Illinois.12,13
     He was personnel manager for a printing firm in Lake Bluff, Illinois.21,22

Killled After His Birthday Dinner --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Kenneth and Karen went out to dinner on the evening of 21 Jun 1971 to celebrate his upcoming 45th birthday. On the drive home she told him she felt ill and asked him to stop the car. When she got out, she told police, she encountered a man who shouted "What the hell are you doing here?" As she screamed for help to her husband, the man hit her and knocked her unconscious. A passing motorist found her by the roadside, and Kenneth's body was found nearby, dead of multiple stab wounds.23
     Kenneth died on 21 Jun 1971 at age 44, on a beach on Lake Michigan east of Zion, Illinois.14,15,16

His Murder Solved 8 Years Later --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Kenneth's murder remained unsolved until Apr 1979, when a former Arlington Heights, Illinois, police officer, Preston Scott Haig, was arrested in Roswell, New Mexico, for assaulting his wife. She told police there of his possible involvement in the murder, and he later confessed to investigators from Illinois, saying that he killed Kenneth when he was startled while injecting himself with heroin.24,25
     After his return to Illinois, the ex-officer admitted that he had been hired to do the murder by Kenneth's second wife, Karen, and the man she had since married.26,27 The ex-officer pled guilty, with his sentence reduced by a plea bargain in which he agreed to testify against the couple charged with hiring him. He was sentenced 14 Sep 1979 to 14 to 28 years.28
     The pair were convicted by the jury on 6 May 1980, and were sentenced to 35 to 45 years on 2 July.29,30

Children:
     Children with a woman who is still living:

The three children of Kenneth and his first wife are believed to be still living.

Children:
     Children with Karen L. Rodack:

The two children of Kenneth and Karen wife are still living.23

Citations

  1. [S7962] Kenneth Robert Glabe, Certificate of Birth.
  2. [S3925] Robert H. Glabe household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows name as Kenneth Glabe.
  3. [S130] "Social Security Death Index," Rootsweb.com, record for Kenneth Glabe, Soc. Sec. No. 318-20-019.
  4. [S3925] Robert H. Glabe household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois.
  5. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family.
  6. [S3925] Robert H. Glabe household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows him as the son of her husband.
  7. [S7962] Kenneth Robert Glabe, Certificate of Birth, shows date, city, and state.
  8. [S130] "Social Security Death Index," Rootsweb.com, record for Kenneth Glabe, Soc. Sec. No. 318-20-019, shows date.
  9. [S3925] Robert H. Glabe household, 1930 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois, shows age 3 7/12 and state.
  10. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, pg 57, shows date, with year as 1941.
  11. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, pg 57.
  12. [S54] Pound, Glabe Family, shows date, town, and state.
  13. [S3494] "Two Convicted for Hiring Killer," Register Star, 4 Jul 1980, shows him as her former husband.
  14. [S3934] "Father of 5 Is Murdered," Ironewood Daily Globe, 30 Jun 1971, shows Tuesday night," location, and means of death.
  15. [S130] "Social Security Death Index," Rootsweb.com, record for Kenneth Glabe, Soc. Sec. No. 318-20-019, shows month and year.
  16. [S3494] "Two Convicted for Hiring Killer," Register Star, 4 Jul 1980, shows date and means of death.
  17. [S3926] Robert Glabe household, 1940 U.S. Census, Cook Co., Illinois.
  18. [S1356] "U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," Ancestry.com, record for Kenneth R. Glabe, shows branch, rank, date, and place.
  19. [S3504] "U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," Ancestry.com, record for Kenneth Glabe, Soc. Sec. No. 318-20-0196, shows Army and date.
  20. [S3504] "U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010," Ancestry.com, record for Kenneth Glabe, Soc. Sec. No. 318-20-0196, shows date.
  21. [S3936] "Ex-Arlington Cop Cited in Killing," The Daily Hearld, 1 May 1979, shows occupation as personnel manager for a Lake Bluff printing firm.
  22. [S3494] "Two Convicted for Hiring Killer," Register Star, 4 Jul 1980, shows he was a printing executive.
  23. [S3934] "Father of 5 Is Murdered," Ironewood Daily Globe, 30 Jun 1971.
  24. [S3935] "Murder Suspect Reveals New Motive," Roisewell Daily Record, 2 May 1979, shows he was charged with aggravated battery.
  25. [S3494] "Two Convicted for Hiring Killer," Register Star, 4 Jul 1980, shows that his wife revealed his involvement.
  26. [S3936] "Ex-Arlington Cop Cited in Killing," The Daily Hearld, 1 May 1979.
  27. [S3935] "Murder Suspect Reveals New Motive," Roisewell Daily Record, 2 May 1979.
  28. [S3938] "Ex-cop Gets 14-28 Year for Killing Zion Printer," The Daily Hearld, 15 Sep 1979.
  29. [S3939] People of the State of Illiniois v. Mitchell Link et al., Illinois Appellate Court - Second District (2 Oct 1981), 100 Ill.App.3d 1000, 56 Ill.Dec. 394, 427 N.E.2d 589.
  30. [S3494] "Two Convicted for Hiring Killer," Register Star, 4 Jul 1980.