ROCKFORD — A college professor and a journalist say they received emails from an expert on presidential pardons just days before his body and the bodies of his two sons were found in an apparent murder-suicide.
The Chicago Tribune reports that USA Today White House correspondent Gregory Korte and St. Thomas Law School professor Mark Osler said they received emails containing the life’s work of 58-year-old political science professor P.S. Ruckman several days before police found the bodies.
Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies found Ruckman and his sons, 14-year-old Christopher Ruckman and 12-year-old John Ruckman, shot to death at a Rockford-area home Saturday.
Korte and Osler say the email contained a massive data set with the note: “Would want you to have this and use freely.”
Six days ago, a source of mine unexpectedly emailed me a treasure trove of data. So far as I know, it was the last thing he did before committing murder-suicide.
— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) March 7, 2018
Ruckman was a professor at Rock Valley College and an instructor at Northern Illinois University.
Chris and Jack’s visitation is Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rockford. A memorial service will be held at the church at 1 p.m. Friday.