Crystal Falls woman appears in Cook County Court
CHICAGO – A Crystal Falls woman appeared in court today in connection with the 1979 murder of her husband who was shot and killed in the couple’s Inverness home while her three children remained captive in a closet in the house in a grisly murder plotted by the woman in order to collect her husband’s money and inheritance, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Jacquelyn Greco, 66, has been charged with First Degree Murder for calculating the plan to have her then husband, 34-year-old Carl Gaimari, murdered in their home. Greco was involved in an extra-marital affair at the time of the murder of Gaimari, who was a commodities broker at the Chicago Board of Trade at the time of his death. The couple had been married in 1963 and lived with their four children in a sprawling home in rural Inverness on Turkey Trail Road when the murder occurred.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Inverness Police Department in cooperation with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Cold Case Unit. The agencies began a re-investigation of the murder early last year after investigators began to re-interview old witnesses and seek new leads.
According to investigators, the murder occurred on April 30, 1979, when Greco is alleged to have pre-planned and staged a home invasion. At the time of the incident, three of the four children were home with Greco, when two unidentified males entered the residence and announced a robbery. The offenders ordered Greco and the three children, (ages 13, 5, and 2 at the time) into a bedroom, tied them up and locked them in a closet. Before they closed the closet door, the offenders took a box from the top shelf of the closet that contained two handguns owned by Gaimari.
Later that afternoon, investigators believe that Gaimari returned to his home where the offenders were waiting in the basement. His body was discovered by the couple’s 13-year-old daughter. Gaimari had been shot multiple times in the torso area.
The two firearms that had been removed from the closet were recovered near the victim’s body and forensic tests later confirmed that the shots that killed Gaimari had been fired from the weapons. Within one week of the murder, Greco’s boyfriend moved into the defendant’s house and the new couple was married within four months. Greco later inherited Gaimari’s estate, estimated to be valued at more than $500,000.
The case had remained unsolved until it was re-opened last year and State’s Attorney Alvarez said the investigation is continuing in an attempt to identify and bring charges against the assailants that committed the murder.
“A case may go cold for an extended period of time but we do not forget about our victims,” Alvarez said. “This particular case was a cold-blooded, premeditated murder motivated by greed. Not only did this defendant have the nerve to arrange the murder of her husband, she apparently had no reservations about subjecting her young children to this horrific and terrifying experience.”
As part of the re-investigation, investigators learned that approximately one year before the murder that Greco had approached a witness and told the witness that she was “fed up” and wanted to “get rid” of Gaimari. Greco is also alleged to have told another witness that she had a plan to kill the victim and that she intended to stage a home invasion during which Gaimari would be killed.
Investigators also identified and located an additional witness who said that Greco had made threatening remarks to her in 1996 telling the woman to “stay out of my business or I’ll have you killed like my husband.”
As part of the re-investigation, investigators obtained a judicially authorized Confidential Overhear Order which led to the recording of a telephone conversation between Greco and a witness on Valentine’s Day of this year in which she admitted that she had planned to kill Gaimari.
On March 27, 2013, a no bond arrest warrant was issued for the defendant. Pursuant to this warrant, Greco was arrested in Crystal Falls, where she has been living for the last several years. Greco was extradited back to Cook County this past Tuesday and she appeared for a bond hearing today at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Rolling Meadows, where Judge Jill Cerone-Marisi issued a no bond order. Greco’s next court date is set for May 29. If convicted, she faces up to 40 years in prison.
The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.