Noose Found On Tree

Ogle County Sherriff's have taken down an orange noose hanging from a tree at the intersection of Highway 72 and 251 but according to Byron native Tom Ashelford, the noose had been at that location near Monroe Center for over 24 hours.

Ashelford called the 23 newsroom and we immediately called ogle county Sherriff's department who were not aware of the noose until we called them.

It's unclear whether the noose is a sign of hate or just a very bad Halloween prank, the answer may lie in a symbol that was nailed to a neighboring tree. Ogle police are still trying to determine the significance of the symbol.

Our research came up with no direct matches to any hate crimes, we have sent a picture of the symbol to the anti defamation for observation but no matter what the intent was to hang the noose, the impression on those who saw it is lasting.

If you have any information on who hung the noose or have an idea on the meaning of the symbol please call the Ogle County Sheriff's Department.


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  • by darren smith Location: rockford on Oct 19, 2007 at 08:45 PM
    I THINK ITS STUPID THE MEDIA IS JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS ON THINGS LIKE THIS...ITS ALMOST HOLLOWEEN PEOPLE ARE PUTTING STUFF UP...FIRST THING POPS UP IS HATE CRIME...GET REAL PEOPLE...THIS IS 2007...PEOPLE NEED TO LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD AND REALIZE THIS IS 2007...STOP USING RACISM AS A MEANS TO GET YOUR WAY...IF A WHITE PERSON DID THAT THEY WOULD JUST GET LAUGHED AT...TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GROW UP AND STOP USING THE PAST IN THE PRESENT.....GET REAL PEOPLE
  • by lisa Location: caledonia on Oct 19, 2007 at 04:21 PM
    i looked up cult symbols on the internet and you might find what you are looking for under "the cross of questioning" It says that it is not satanic or religious, but was used as a symbol: god reaching down(the cross)with a sickle(the hook)as some sign for the grim reaper. I was interested in the story and thought maybe someone put it up as some halloween prank, but I could be wrong. a similar symbol was used on an old blue oyster cult album years ago.
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