By the time you finish reading this article, I might remind you of Clara Peller, the now late Chicago-born actress, whose fame stems from a Wendy’s commercial and her deadpan delivery of the line, “Where’s the beef?!”
My concern, however, does not revolve around an obsession with ground chuck. My query is centered on a chunk of metal in the shape of a shield.
I have reviewed public records of the September 1st, 2011, criminal arrest of Nicholas P. Rada, and based on my review, I must ask, where’s the badge?
For those of you unfamiliar with this event, please click here for part one of this article.
Before I explain the continuing mystery of the Elmwood Park Police Sergeant’s badge, I would like to inform my readers of some details relevant to the defendant, Nicholas P. Rada. I am taking the time to further explain the history because it is important for you to be aware of the background behind the Rada family of Elmwood Park and the power they hold in that town.
Defendant Nicholas Rada resides in Elmwood Park, purportedly living with his mother and father. His parents, George Rada and Bridget (Messino) Rada met sometime in the 1970s, while working in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. They purportedly fell in love and decided to get married. However, Bridget insisted to wait until her then imprisoned father, gangster Willie Messino, was released from prison for extortion and other related convictions. After Willie’s release, George and Bridget married. In 1981 they gave birth to their only child, Nicholas.
After Outfit bosses Joe Aiuppa and Jack Cerone went to prison in the middle 1980s, Sam Carlisi, John DiFronzo and Willie Messino became the top three major bosses of The Outfit. However, Willie’s position of power quickly came to an abrupt end.