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Susan's Chicago Police detective father committed murder-sucide on her mother:COP, ESTRANGED WIFE ARE FOUND DEAD
January 20, 1989
The bodies of a disabled police officer and his wife were found on Thursday in the officer's Northwest Side home after a murder-suicide, police said. Phillip Murphy, 54, of 7118 W. Highland Ave., shot his estranged wife Roberta, 47, with his service revolver and then shot himself, according to Detective William Barker, of Grand-Central Area Violent Crimes Unit. Murphy, a 30-year veteran of the police force, went on disability after suffering a stroke four years ago, Barker said. The couple had been married for more than 20 years and were separated, Barker said.
Cop 'code of silence' hit Officers probed in spouse attacks often are `above law,' suit charges
March 29, 1991
...Hundreds of Chicago police officers are investigated each year for allegedly beating their spouses, but relatively few complaints are upheld under what a federal lawsuit charges is a police "code of silence"... On Jan. 19, 1989, the daughter of Detective Philip Murphy found her parents shot to death in his Northwest Side home in a murder-suicide. Police said Murphy had been despondent over a stroke. Their daughter, Susan Murphy Milano, later said her father was an alcoholic who terrorized their family and had vowed to kill her mother if she ever left him. Roberta Murphy was killed six months after she divorced her husband... Milano said abused wives of police officers have nowhere to turn. "Officers would come to the house, but they'd never see my mother. My dad would come out and assure them everything was OK and flash his badge. With domestic violence, people always ask, `Why does she stay?' instead of, `Why is he allowed to continue to do this?'"...