Hot off the presses of the Chicago Tribune:
Investigators early today said a man who shot himself in the head during a traffic stop in Wisconsin had a suicide note claiming responsibility for the slaying of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s husband and mother last week.
Members of the task force of Chicago police and federal agents said a van driven by Bart Ross, whose last known address was in the 4500 block of North Bernard Street in Chicago, was stopped in West Allis, near Milwaukee, about 6 p.m. As officers approached the car, Ross killed himself with a gunshot to the head, officials say.
Investigators said the man had a suicide note that included an admission that he shot the judge’s family.
The note included details in the case that were not released to the public, investigators said. Sources close to the investigation added that there was a list in the van of all the people who had mistreated him, including judges.In the note Ross claimed that a ruling against him by Judge Lefkow in a civil case had cost him “his house, his job and family.”
Update: While they haven’t closed the case completely, police in Chicago are confident that Ross was the killer.
CHICAGO (AP) – A man who filed bizarre, rambling lawsuits over his cancer treatment and shot himself to death during a traffic stop appears to be the lone killer of a federal judge’s mother and husband, police said late Thursday.
DNA on a cigarette butt found after the killings matches that of Chicago electrician Bart Ross, who claimed responsibility for the slayings in a suicide note, authorities said Thursday night.