John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian actor and comedian who rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series, and through his appearances in comedy films such as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, Spaceballs, and Uncle Buck. One of his most renowned onscreen performances was as Del Griffith, the loquacious, on-the-move shower-curtain ring salesman in the John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. On March 4, 1994, while filming the Western parody Wagons East!, Candy died of a massive heart attack in his sleep in Durango, Mexico, at the age of 43. His final two films, Wagons East! and Canadian Bacon, are dedicated to his memory.
In the early 1990s, Candy’s career went into decline after he appeared in a string of critical and commercial failures, including Nothing But Trouble (for which he was nominated for a Razzie as “worst supporting actress,” playing a woman), Delirious, and Once Upon A Crime, although he did appear in major successes such as Rookie of the Year (uncredited), The Rescuers Down Under, Home Alone and Cool Runnings.
Candy attempted to reinvigorate his acting career by broadening his range and playing more dramatic roles. In 1991, Candy appeared in a light romantic drama, Only the Lonely, which saw him as a Chicago cop torn between his overbearing mother (Maureen O’Hara) and his new girlfriend (Ally Sheedy). The same year and in rare form, Candy played a dramatic role as Dean Andrews Jr., a shady Southern lawyer in Oliver Stone‘s JFK.
In 1994, while filming Wagons East! on location in Durango, Mexico, Candy called his friends, including Canadian Football League commissioner Larry Smith, and told them that he had just let go of his team and was putting it up for sale. He then called his assistant, who invited him to play golf with him in the spring when he came back to Toronto. After cooking a late lasagna dinner for his assistants, Candy called his co-stars from his hotel, then went to sleep. After midnight, on March 4, 1994, Candy died in his sleep from a heart attack at age 43.
OR DID HE?
There was no autopsy, at the request his John’s wife, Rosemary Margaret Hobor, who herself is rumoured to have had passed away the same year and mysteriously we don’t have any information regarding the circumstances. Her appearance is VERY similar to Jane Davis, wife of Boston Police Commissioner, Ed Davis…
Edward F. Davis is the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of Boston, sworn in on December 4th, 2006. Prior to becoming Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, Davis served as the Superintendent of Police in Lowell Massachusetts for 12 years, where he was born and raised, and remains a resident of his hometown with his wife Jane.
“I am a cop. I come from a police family. My father was a Lowell police officer for 24 years. My brother is a police sergeant in Lowell. I am a 22-year veteran of this department. I worked the streets on late nights, walking a route and driving a police car. I became a detective and worked Vice and then Narcotics. I was on the street during the drug wars of the 1980s; I eventually commanded a regional narcotics squad of 20 men and women. We worked with the state police and, primarily, the Drug Enforcement Administration, working cases from Colombia through Miami and New York into northern New England. I worked my way up through the ranks and was appointed superintendent of police in 1994. It is an incredible honor to serve as the police chief in the city where you grew up.
My dad was a Lowell police officer. He passed away while still on the job. He was assigned to work the neighborhood where we lived. Lowell is a dense, urban community in the northeast corner of Massachusetts. We are the fourth largest city in the Commonwealth with a population of 103,439. An influx of Southeast Asian immigrants, mostly Cambodian refugees, resulted in gangs. Young children were killed in drive-by shootings. With other groups, the drug problem surfaced and became intractable; prostitution and related violent crime became common throughout the city. Perhaps due to its proximity to New York and easy access to points north and south on the interstate, Lowell became a hot spot in the Northeast for heroin and cocaine trafficking. In 1990 the U.S. Attorney for the district of Massachusetts identified Lowell as a source city for heroin and cocaine in New England. At about this time, the city experienced business closings, a plummeting real estate market, serious unemployment, and a rising crime rate. The city was not recognized as safe or welcoming. As evidence of that, in 1993, after declaring bankruptcy, the former world headquarters of Wang, a new 18-story building, sold at auction for $525,000. Christopher Kelly and his partner, Lou Alvarado, made that incredible bid and acquired the property. In 1994, Kelly and I met at a business gathering and he told me of his difficulty in renting out his newly renovated space. A major problem was vehicles being stolen from his parking lot. I told him of my need for training space. He offered substantial space in the building for our training needs at a reasonable price, and we offered to place an old marked cruiser in his lot for prevention purposes. The increased utilization of the premises by police personnel inevitably led to arrests for crimes in progress. Ultimately the reputation of the building came to be one that was inhospitable to crime. Mr. Kelly will tell you that increased police attention led to improved corporate rentals. The new Cross Point Towers was fully rented in 1996 and remains so today. Messrs. Kelly and Alvarado sold the building this year for over $100 million. This story is an extreme example of the specific ways in which our department is involved in matters of commerce. Similar stories happen each day. Research is necessary to understand just how much is at stake here.
Eli Lehrer of The Heritage Foundation writes: Since Edward F. Davis III took the reins of its police department six years ago, crime in Lowell, Massachusetts, has fallen by well over 50 percent. Between 1994 and 1999, Lowell reduced crime more quickly than any other American city with over 100,000 residents. In the early 1990s, the milltown-turned-high-tech-center regularly competed for the dubious distinction of having New England’s most dangerous streets. Today only a handful of cities over 100,000–all of them wealthy and ethnically homogenous–provide safer streets than Lowell. When Ed Davis commanded the Lowell Vice and Narcotics Squad during the late 1980s, it outdid itself every year. Only Boston’s vastly larger force managed to seize more narcotics than Lowell’s undermanned unit. Through vigorous prosecutions in federal and state court–Lowell was the only Massachusetts city besides Boston to pursue federal drug charges regularly–Davis’s team sent dozens of drug kingpins away for long sentences. Chief Davis still has a long list of unmet goals, and he’s still striving to make Lowell America’s safest city. He’s mum about whether he’d consider moving to a bigger department. “If I did,” he says, “it would have to be a department that’s in crisis. If you don’t have that, it’s really hard to create change.” Today, the city has no problem funding increased policing out of its own tax revenues, because falling crime rates have helped usher in an economic boom. In 1993, Lowell’s quasi-public economic development agency identified crime as the major factor keeping business out of the city. As crime became a non-issue, commerce took off. For the first time in a generation, builders are putting up market-rate housing in Lowell’s once-desolate downtown. Meanwhile, a large office complex that sold for $525,000 in 1993 fetched more than $100 million in 1998.
So, we can piece together the main themes behind the ruse that is Edward Davis III, the FAKE Commissioner of Police for the City of Boston:
– Busting up the established heroin and cocaine trafficking gangs on the East Coast using Lowell as the main gateway to New England from Colombia
– Putting more officers on the streets in the pretext of making the streets safer but more likely the reason was to maintain a close grip on the flow of drugs
– Increasing the value of real estate thereby making crazy profits for his friends
I am sure for his dubious friends in high places, this whole endeavor has been sweet like Candy.