Louis Redpath, another brother, is a former Springfield police officer who retired in 2001.
Donald Redpath, his father, was a Springfield assistant police chief who became chief of the Springfield Park District police department.
As he walked off, her friend told her: “ ‘He told me to tell you he loves you,’ ” Steinhoff says. Another person who was present also told police that Redpath was drinking one cocktail after the next. “I would rather be a slave, the submissive one,” Steinhoff replied.
“I don’t even know him.”One night, Steinhoff finally took her friend’s advice and went out instead of staying home with her kids. At one point, Steinhoff recalls in police reports and an interview with , the group’s conversation turned sexual. It was all innocent talk, she says today, the sort of banter adults sometimes engage in while having a few drinks and certainly not a green light.
Time and again, Redpath has skated, no matter whom he has hurt.
In 1987, for instance, he was charged with resisting, obstructing, and assault after allegedly punching a Sangamon County sheriff’s deputy at a Southern View bar.
His passing three years ago merited a resolution expressing condolences from the Illinois Legislature.