by Sherman H. Skolnick 12/17/05

Henry Crown Family, Jenner & Block, General Electric. and their criminal combine

In the beginning, it was a woman. She said that she was the major owner of what became in 1919, Material Service Corporation. Henry Crown was just a very young man. He stopped by her house, she later said, for sandwiches and cookies..

Yes, Crown later had ways of getting very lucrative street paviing contracts from “the city fathers” in Chicago City Hall. Simple. The City Officials were “for sale”. So, he “bought them”.[She told about in in a very lengthy recorded discussion.]

He ran her business in an integrated method. From sand-dump to the streets. He knew how to exert “muscle”. Many decades later we chatted with a sand-pile owner.

“I understand Crown’s people were here during the night. I presume they parked a few bodies. I don’t look. I don’t ask.” He ended the talk with a worldly chuckle.

Some Europeans let over from World War Two were visiting Du Page County, just west of Cook County and Chicago. They stopped to look at the old red brick clock tower, Du Page County Courthouse.

Puzzled, they remarked, “So you have the Gestapo here now, huh? This is the color and style of building they liked for their local headquarters at the time of Hitler.”

To do their “civic duty”, Material Service donated an abandoned toxic dump as the site of the new Du Page Courthouse. After a few years, courthouse workers began suffering an epidemic of strange debilitating ailments. The Liars and Whores of the Press took the easy way out, proclaiming the cause as supposedly the reputed “mafia contractors” having put in a cheapo ventllation system. Press fakers know it is personally unprofitable if not also unhealthy to point an accusing finger at the Crowns.

In the 1960s, the woman claiming she was the true majority owner of Material Service Corporation sued them in Cook County Cicuit Court, to force the firm to correct their records. The Judge seemed to be siding with her and her daughter who kept track of Henry Crown as his Secretary.

Mysterious forces worked to remove the Judge, or make him disappear, or make him blotted out [take your pick of demise]. By the 1970s, the Crown Family had a 89% stake in General Dynamics, the major war-monger, maker of submarines, tanks, and many other weapons. Lester Crown became a top official of General Dynamics. But back in the Windy City, Lester had a problem. The Chief Federal Hangman said Lester was facing federal criminal indictment for his part in a bribery/extortion conspiracy involving road paving contractors.

[We knew a lot about it. One of our secret team put together the evidence forcing the Crowns to face the music.]

Lester had two choices (1) he could wait, get indicted and prosecuted and most likely end up with a long prison term or (2) he could work an unholy deal with the Chicago Chief Federal Prosecutor, in the past always concerned about a future career in private lawyering as a “bagman” and “fixer”.

[The current U.S. District Attorney in Chicago was brought in from New York. Many are ready to believe Patrick J. Fitzgerald is different! than the Chicago-types that held that job before him, that typically, historically, and politically were sooner or later “for sale”.]

The Chicago-based law firm octopus, that most always got their way with the different levels of government in the past, was Jenner & Block, reputed super “bagmen”. In their opinion, one event in particular is, for them, very “positive”; as to the other, they would have to accept, it was extremely “negative”.

Jenner & Block senior partner/manager, Albert Jenner, Jr., sat on the Warren Commission, and helped proclaim that a lone assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, assassi nated President John F. Kennedy. Even though 85% of Americans do not accept the finding, Jenner considered the Warren Commission conclusion as “positive” as for Jenner.

In 1969, a Special Tribunal was empaneled to consider this writer’s accusations that several of the judges on the Illinois Supreme Court received bribes. Albert Jenner, Jr., defended the Chief Justice who was found guilty of impropriety and removed. It was about the only case Chief Crook Jenner ever “lost”. Cynically, perhaps, maybe the massive publicity caused the Special Tribunal’s panel to be “honest”.


The Henry Crown Family, by dirty tricks, seized control of the Rock Island Railroad, not to run the railroad for the public good but to liquidate it for its asset value. As with other bloody work for the Crowns, super-crooks Jenner & Block did not give a hoot about damage to the public. Thousands became unemployed and many private businesses went under. Aren’t there laws against protecting train robbers?

Watch for Part 2. More about Jenner & Block, General Electric, and the criminal combine.

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