Rita Crundwell

Filmmaker Digs Deep Into Small Town Tragedy

The subject seemed irresistible for a filmmaker…a bottomless well of money…corruption at city hall…gold plated extravagance…and horses. Filmmaker Kelly Richmond Pope had another reason for being drawn to the story of Rita Crundwell, the disgraced former Controller in the tiny town of Dixon who stole nearly $54-million from her own hometown. Illinois Public Radio’s Susan Stephens has the latest chapter of this small town tragedy