DIVINE CHILD
Evil vs. the Angels of Stony Island
by Jim Heaney

AFTERWORD

TO SIMPLIFY THE NARRATIVE, I have attributed some of the wisdom and life lessons I learned later in life to the teachings of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Father Cziezado, and Miss Tormey. The lead character, Sister John Christian, is a composite character of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who taught me at St. Ailbe’s, especially Sister Mary Kay Holman, whose kindness has lasted a lifetime. I am grateful to have received her permission to do this. The following newspaper articles cover apartment rental scams in Chicago during the late 1970s. • Susan Feyder, “Rent referral agencies: $40 may buy a wild goose chase,” Chicago Tribune, September 3, 1978. [This was not the scam operated by Nick Sure, but is typical of how such operations worked.] • Maurice Possley, “10 indicted in bilking of 10,000 apartment hunters,” City/Suburbs, Chicago Sun‑Times, May 1, 1981. • “Man held in rent fraud,” Chicago Tribune, May 3, 1981. • “3 plead guilty in rental fraud,” Chicago Tribune, City Report, November 3, 1981. • “Apartment fraud figures get jail,” Chicago Tribune, City Report, December 15, 1981.
Articles relating to the resignation of US Attorney Thomas P. Sullivan and the subsequent appointment of Dan K. Webb as act- ing US Attorney include: • “I planned to quit anyway: Sullivan,” Chicago Tribune, November 6, 1980. • Kim Upton, “Dan K. Webb is sworn in as acting U.S. atty.,” Chicago Sun‑Times, July 25, 1981. • “Acting U.S. attorney sworn in,” Chicago Tribune, July 25, 1981.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Heaney is the owner of Remodeling Experts, Inc., a firm that specializes in restoring vintage structures. He and his wife, Maria Colangelo, live with their two children on Chicago’s North Side. Heaney has spoken about soul and memory healing in the context of his recovery from the after-effects of sexual abuse to thousands of adults and young people at AA conferences through- out North America. In addition, Heaney conducted several 12- Step and Mustard Seed conferences each year from 1981 to 2001, reaching about 100 people in each conference. He decreased his involvement in AA speaking when his children were young so that he could participate fully in raising them, but now that they are older and his business is self-sustaining, he is resuming his speaking career.

JIM HEANEY

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