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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Monday, July 22

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So a 21-year-old mentally ill woman argued with a CTA employee and got arrested for trespassing. Despite pleas to the Chicago police from her parents, Christina Eilman, who lives in West Hollywood, California, was released by the police in the Wentworth neighborhood which she was unfamiliar with. Shortly thereafter she fell from a 7th floor window wearing only her underwear. A man who was allegedly the last person to see her before she fell surrendered to police. He denies he did anything illegal, but his request for bail was denied as the police investigate the possibility that she was sexually assaulted and then was either thrown from the window or jumped. Since Christina is now paralyzed, the city has decided to drop the misdemeanor charge of trespassing that started this whole thing. Her parents are suing the city for not keeping Christina in jail until one of them could arrive in Chicago. It's a sad story, but an interesting one that still isn't over.

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