Lt. Thomas M. Keough was the kind of homicide detective usually only found in good mystery novels.
A third-generation Chicago police officer, Keough spent 32 years on the force and received more than 100 awards from the department during his career, including 12 commendations.
His cases were varied and tough, but Keough always managed to get to the heart of each one. He helped solve the homicide of two children who were killed by their parents in 1986. He worked on the task force that shut down a drug dealing family. And he once solved a murder based on the examination of a single crime scene photo (the killer left his watch on the victim’s night stand).
Keough died July 3 of an apparent heart attack. He was 53.