L-R: Dianne Masters, Alan
Masters & Georgianna
MURDER IN THE
Dianne Masters thought she
had found her Prince Charming when she started dating divorce attorney, Alan
Dianne was impressed by his
power, wealth and prominence. He gave her lavish gifts and took her on
Alan Masters was so powerful;
he had the police force and the courts in his back pocket. Policemen left
his business cards on windshields in downtown Chicago.
He was known around town as
a “master fixer/attorney” who paid off judges and police officers
to protect gambling and prostitution.
Masters could get anybody
off on anything. He had all of the connections. He could make cases disappear.
He could also fix any case in the Cook County Circuit Court System.
Masters regularly engaged
in bribery, extortion, destruction of evidence and protecting rackets.
A female client who was represented
by Alan Master’s; said, in the course of her divorce suit, he suggested
that she participate in a high-class call girl operation. The client was
shocked and upset by the suggestion.
Dianne was in a fashionable
boutique when she overheard two women discussing Alan; she was shocked when
they mentioned his wife, she had no idea he was married. She fled the
When she confronted Alan,
he admitted that he was married with two kids but he still loved her.
She continued dating him,
it would take him ten years to divorce his wife and marry Dianne.
Shortly after their marriage,
they had dinner with one of Alan’s business associates who openly propositioned
Dianne in front of Alan.
When Alan and Dianne returned
home, Alan was outraged that Dianne “didn’t” take his friend
up on his proposition, Dianne was stunned, without warning, he began to beat
Dianne while allegedly screaming “Look around, I gave you all this and
you can’t even sleep with my friend to seal a business deal, you are worthless.”
The next day, Dianne was covered
in bruises. Alan was apologetic and purchased several gifts.
Two years into the marriage,
Alan would take over her life and continue to beat her as he openly dated other
When she brought up the subject
of divorce, Alan told her, I will destroy you before I let you leave me, maybe
you will be seeing your dead parents soon. Dianne was terrified.
Dianne’s friend Helene
came over to visit, she overheard Dianne and Alan quarreling upstairs, she decided
to leave, on her way out, she saw Alan at the top of the stairs beating Dianne
and pulling her hair out at the roots. She rushed to her friend’s
rescue; Alan pushed both women down the stairs.
In 1975, Dianne discovered
she was pregnant, Alan had made her abort an earlier pregnancy but she was determined
to keep this child.
Her pregnancy didn’t
stop the beatings; while pregnant, she had to jump off a balcony to get away
from his blows, spraining her ankle in the process.
Dianne would give birth to
a daughter, Georgianna in 1976, the physical and mental abuse would escalate.
Alan hosted a dinner party;
he prepared steaks for everyone with the exception of his wife.
Dianne did a lot of community
work, in the process, she met Jim Ross; they often went out for coffee after
Ross treated Dianne with dignity
and respect; they would eventually become lovers and Dianne planned to divorce
On one of their coffee break
excursions, they were spotted by one of Alan’s friend’s who phoned
When Dianne returned home,
Alan attacked her and bludgeoned her skull. Afterwards, she was put in a car
trunk. He went back into the house and called the police chief, Michael
Michael Corbitt arrived and
told Alan he would take care of the situation. Corbitt went out to the
car and opened the trunk, Dianne was still alive and moaning, Corbitt shot her
three times, killing her. He slammed down the trunk door and got in the
shocked the community. People knew Alan had connections with the syndicate,
people whispered, do you think it was a mob hit? During that time, the
mob didn’t take out hits on women.
The body of Dianne Masters
was discovered nine months after her disappearance. The Cadillac containing
her body had been dumped into the Chicago Sanitary & Ship-Canal.
An autopsy revealed that she
had been shot and her skull was crushed.
If their hadn’t been
brilliant detective work and the efforts of a federal prosecutor, Masters and
Corbitt would have gotten away with murder, instead, they were both convicted
of “federal counts” in 1989 relating to the murder of Dianne Masters.
Alan Masters was sentenced
to 40 years and Michael Corbitt was sentenced to 20 years.
Corbitt would later admit
that he and Masters were responsible for Dianne’s death, although no one
was ever charged “specifically” with her murder.
In 2003, Corbitt published
a book “Double Deal: The Inside Story Of Murder, Unbridled Corruption
and the Cop Who Was A Mobster.” He co-authored the book with Sam
Giancana, nephew of the late Chicago mob boss of the same name.
Michael Corbitt died of lung
cancer at the age of 60 in July 2004.
Alan Masters died of cancer
on Oct. 9th, 2000 at the age of 65 in the Federal Medical Center in Rochester,
Source: “Shattered Hopes”
A True Crime Story Of Marriage, Murder, Corruption and Cover-Up In The Suburbs
by: Barbara Schaaf.