It was about the Crystal Lake funeral home Bachmann started some time before my mother was killed in a 1987 truck-car crash at the intersection of Dean Street and Route 14 (the trucker was coming down the hill doing 60 MPH) and sold in 1991 to Jim Skaja.
The “let’s set the record straight” idea came to me when I reflected on the rumor supporters of my 1966 GOP opponents for McHenry County Treasurer spread about me.
The anonymous “EllenM” had a second rumor the Northwest Herald allowed her to float about Democratic Party candidate for McHenry County Coroner Dave Bachmann on behalf of incumbent McHenry County Coroner Marlene Lantz’ campaign for re-election.
“EllenM” quotes Bachmann’s son, who posts as “bufordpusser,” on Jul 21, 2008 9:16 AM:
“As far as your ‘unemployment’ statement. dave has worked in a position over the years, that resulted in many white collar convictions of those he investigated. This is all that can be said. In the process, he had received grave injuries, 6 spinal operations, gun shot, stabbing, a total of 17 major surgeries.”
EllenM then adds,
”A possible druggie who didn’t want to pay his bill? What did you expect? 17 major surgeries, are you sure you are suitable to work as Coroner? Stop the BS David, you are killing me (not literally of course).”
The reply from Bachmann’s son on the comment board follows:
bufordpusser wrote on Jul 21, 2008 9:33 AM:
“We enjoy the opportunity to address all nonsence: dave bachmann is willing to present, in person, to the chief editor of the NW Herald, to provide factual proof, physical evidence of said injuries. As soon as he returns to the area in August. if mr krug cannot see the evidence, bachmann will drop out of this race. We put our money where our mouth is…”
A subsequent commenter, “skepticall,” wrote:
on Jul 21, 2008 9:44 AM:
“ellenm, This has gone way beyond concerned voter. You sound like you have a real ax to grind,
‘possible druggie who did’t pay his bill’.
“That is way over the top.”
Over the top does not begin to describe a charge that a political candidate is a “druggie.”
I cannot fathom why the Northwest Herald would open itself to a libel suit.
I talked to Bachmann about the challenge (his son delivered) to show his scars to the Northwest Herald’s Chris Krug. He told me Krug had not taken him up on the offer, then, suggested I take a look.
As you can see, this guy has scars over the trunk of his body. It would astound me if he had been able to recover from the operations without pain killers. Trim, too, but I guess that might be expected of a former Crystal Lake Babe Ruth pitcher.
The most visible scar, shaped like a frown, is from Bachmann’s cancer operation.
I saw a scar from a bullet on the left side of his stomach. Here it is:
There are scars on his back, including two down his spinal cord (close-up picture included; click on it to enlarge it). The upper midline scar is on what is called the “Thoracic Spine;” the lower would be “Lumbar Spine”:
I saw two gut scars, one horizontal, one rising to the right:
Here’s a before-the-scars-healed photo of his bilateral total reconstruction from 2000:
Maybe Bachmann will write an autobiography. Looks as if it might make interesting reading.
The cancer part of Bachmann’s life story is related in the following articles: