Evict Thy Neighbor

After years of trying to drive out the family next door with racial taunts, a Chicago family is ordered to move

The carefully manicured, geranium-laced lawn of John and Marie Kraft's brick bungalow on Chicago's Northwest Side bespeaks a sense of neighborhood pride. But as the other residents of this quiet street know, the Krafts' vigorous domesticity has an ugly side -- one that is about to cost them the property they have tended so lovingly.

For the past nine years, according to court documents, John and Marie and their adult children have waged a relentless campaign of harassment against their neighbors Isidor and Minerva Ramos. They have hurled racial epithets, attacked the Ramos property and threatened bodily harm. Finally, last month,...

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