Arrest In Edgewater Gay Murder

Thu. November 25, 2004 12:00 AM by

DNA Evidence Links Man To Fatal Stabbing

Chicago, IL - Chicago police have made an arrest in the October 31 killing of a gay teacher but say there is nothing linking the suspect to the unsolved murders of at least two other gay men.

Ollie Rockman, 49, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Charles Gibson (pictured), a special education teacher.

Gibson, 54, was found in his North Side condominium after a friend became concerned when he was unable to reach him.

Gibson was found lying naked in a back hallway. The apartment was covered in blood and there were signs of a struggle. A seven-inch knife was recovered at the scene. An autopsy showed Gibson died of multiple stab wounds.

Rockman was identified through DNA tests on blood found in Gibson's apartment. During Gibson's struggle for his life Rockman was cut according to Chicago police Cmdr. Michael Chasen.

The two men met in a Boystown neighborhood bar on October 30 Chasen said. They then went to Gibson's home. An argument ensured and Gibson was murdered.

Rockman has a criminal record. In 1978 he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for first-degree murder. He was paroled in 1991. Chasen said that he had no information on the victim in that killing.

Rockman was also convicted twice for "indecent liberties with a child" in 1972 and 1976.

Chasen said that police have ruled out Rockman in two other unsolved murders of gay men in Chicago.

In April the body of 31 year old Kevin Clewer was found in his North Side home. Clewer had been stabbed more than 30 times.

Brad Winters, 38, was killed August 17, 2003. He also had been beaten and stabbed repeatedly.

by Steph Smith Chicago Bureau
© 2004

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