Wednesday, October 30, 2002


I have �Breaking News to report!

For all those readers of this site who have been following �The Squad Room� for some time, you know of my search for the �DD1�.

This started right around the time that the �blogspot� column started. My basic question was: �We all know what a DD5 is. What were the DD forms 1 through 4�? I have been hounded by this question: �What was the DD1�?? No one seemed to know.

Lo and behold, it was the premier department historian, Ret. Det1 John Reilly, who was able to supply the news. Readers to this site will recognize John as a frequent contributor of department history. John has a vast knowledge of department history, and a keen desire to learn evermore. I cannot thank John enough for his contributions.

So, WHAT IS A DD1???

During different periods in the department the title and use of the DD 1 form was different. There is not any reference to a DD 1 before 1913.

In the 1913 Manual of Procedure, the following listing of Detective Division forms reveals our earliest answer.

The DD1 form refers to the �Continuous Precinct Detective Report�.

Furthermore, the following DD forms are identified as:

DD2 Continuous District Detective Report.
DD3 Consolidate Continuous Detective Report.
DD4 Complaint card.
DD5 Supplementary Complaint card.
DD6 Connecting Reference Card.

Total number of DD forms listed in Manual is 25.

In the 1929 M of P is the following listing of Detective Forms:

DD1 Line-up sheet
DD2 (white) Notice of investigation
DD2 (blue) Notice of investigation
DD2 (pink) Notice of investigation
DD3 Record receipt
DD4 Complaint report
DD5 Supplementary Complaint Report
DD6 Watch card.

Total number of DD forms listed in manual is 63, while the numbers go to 81, there are some numbers not used.

In the 2/1/65 supplement to page 304 of the M of P, is listed the following;

DD1 Line-up sheet
DD4 Index of Unidentified persons
DD5 Supplementary Complaint report
DD6 Dealer's and Pawnbroker's Watch card.

There were no DD 2 or 3 listed. The last number was DD106 Criminal Record Transcript.

The Line-up Sheet that the DD1 refers to is the formal �Line-Up� that was conducted each morning at Police Headquarters. This Line-up was discontinued sometime in the mid 1960s, so I would assume that if there was no Line-up there was no need for a DD1 Line-up sheet.

There you have it. The DD1 first referred to the �Continuous Precinct Detective Report�, and in 1929 it was changed to refer to the �Line Up Sheet�.

The mystery has been solved!


Of the Bomb Squad Tee-shirt, with the following inscription:

�If You See Us Running, � Try To Keep Up�


I�ve mentioned before on this site, but it�s worth noting again. If you haven�t already done so you should check the NYCOP web site,

The recent posting there discusses the UF16 � commonly known as the �Memo Book�. The author recounts his time through the Academy and assignment as a rookie patrolman in the 25 Pct. in 1959. It is well worth the read, and mentions some interesting items.

For example, he notes that there was a restaurant on 114 Street and Pleasant Avenue that was off-limits to the foot patrolman. It was a �known gambler location and if the mob wasn�t in there, some high ranking bosses might be�. This location is now known as Raos; in 1959 it was believed to be owned by a judge. He also notes a restaurant recently mentioned on this site, Patsy�s, an Italian restaurant on First Ave and 119 Str. This location presented a common problem for the foot post, double parking in front of the restaurant. I think this same problem is still there today!


October 28, 1888 Ptl James Brennan, 21 Pct, Assaulted during arrest
October 28, 1945 Ptl James Bussey, 18 Pct, Shot-investigation
October 29, 1962 Det John Tobin, BCI, LOD Heart attack
October 29, 1982 PO James Whittington, PBBN FIAU, Shot-off duty
November 1, 1923 Ptl Ace Swinder, 33 Pct, Motorcycle accident
November 1, 1931 Ptl Howard Peterson, 66 Pct, LOD Accident

Friday, October 25, 2002


Over forty years ago, a TV series was introduced that would break new ground in the medium and change the face of cop shows forever.

Touted as a human interest series about New York as told through the eyes of two law enforcement officers became the TV hit series �Naked City�.

Beginning in September 1958 and running through June 1963, this series was a trend-setter in television drama as it was shot completely on location in New York. This was a radical move at that moment in television.

The series concerned the detectives of the 65th Precinct. It�s signature was its narrator, who introduced each episode with the assurance that the series �was not filmed in a studio, but in the streets and buildings of New York itself�.

The characters for the series two regular detectives were Lt. Dan Muldoon, the seasoned veteran played by John McIntire, and his idealistic young subordinate Detective Jim Halloran, played by James Franciscus.

Muldoon was written out of the series when creative differences arose, and was replaced by Lt. Mike Parker, played by Horace MacMahon.

The show ran for three seasons and 99 episodes before it was surprisingly cancelled by the network while still high in the ratings.

The show is probably best known for its famous tag-line that ended each episode:

�There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them�.


Police automobile patrol was initiated in 1919.

To distinguish these autos from private vehicles a small �PD� was painted on the side of these cars.

To make the cars more visible on the streets, the NYPD began painting the car roofs white in 1938, with the body of the vehicle green, and the fenders black. The �Green and Whites� set a worldwide standard for marked police vehicles.

In 1973, a year of much change in NYPD history, the color scheme changed to blue and white for even greater visibility and because the lighter blue kept the cars cooler in hot weather. Remember, police cars were not air conditioned at that time.

The use of radio motor patrol cars, or RMP�s, dates from 1932 when cars began receiving transmissions from the department�s radio station WPEG. In the first six months, officers in radio-equipped cars responded to more than 5,000 calls and made 377 arrests. The department began experimenting with two-way radios in 1937, but, because of the shortage of radio parts during WWII, the entire fleet of RMP�s wasn�t equipped with two-way radios until 1950.


Here�s a handy little guide to help find the nearest Manhattan street to an address of an Avenue. You may want to cut and paste this into your PDA, or to print it out for your future reference.

1. Cancel the last figure in the address. Divide the remainder by 2 and then add the key number given below to find the nearest street. For example, 500 Fifth Avenue: Cancel the 0, divide the 50 by 2, then add the result (25) to the Key Number (17), and the nearest street is 42nd Street.

Avenue A Key# 3
Avenue B 3
Avenue C 3
Avenue D 3
First Avenue 3
Second Avenue 3
Third Avenue 10
Fourth Avenue 8
Fifth Avenue (Below No. 200) 13
Fifth Avenue (Above No. 200) 17
Sixth Avenue Deduct 12
Seventh Avenue below Central Park 12
Eighth Avenue below Central Park 9
Ninth Avenue 13
Tenth Avenue 14
Eleventh Avenue 15
Lexington Avenue 22
Madison Avenue 26
Park Avenue 35
Columbus Avenue 60
Amsterdam Avenue 60
Broadway Deduct 30


Reverse look up

Another multi-link investigator�s site


It�s good to see two of our people, who had been battling illness, back up and around.

Johnny K � Det John Kristoffersen � is back to work after a bout of gall bladder problems. The gall bladder came out, and John dropped some weight along the way. Looking good, John! (He says not to worry, he�s working on getting everything back!)

Also good to see Ret. Det Bob Salem up and around. Bobby made it to the recent retirement �goodbye� for Steve Feely and Warren Bond, and he looked great. I�m sure I speak for many when I see how nice it was to see Bobby out and about!

Along those lines, Steve Feely and Warren Bond are both winding down their �terminal leave� and will be leaving the job within weeks. We all wish them well in their future endeavors. Warren is planning on relocating to Las Vegas.

Steve Feely is leaving to try out full-time retirement. The loss to this department in your retirement cannot begin to be counted. Best of luck, Steve.

Good news has been bestowed on some Brooklyn North Detectives, in the way of promotions handed down on Friday, October 25. Congratulations to:

Rich Ericksen, 88 RAM Sergeant, Promoted to SDS
Frank Contrera, 84 Squad, Promoted to Detective First Grade
John Grosse, BN Homicide, Promoted to Detective Second Grade
Mike Prate, 79 Squad, Promoted to Detective Second Grade

Other movement within the Boro Detective�s has resulted in some Commanding Officer designations being changed:

Sgt. Brian McNulty is now the C.O. of the 94 Squad, replacing Sgt. John Stefanowski who retired with three-quarters.

Sgt. John McArdle is now the C.O. of the 77 Squad, replacing Lt. Steve Sullivan who moved on to MISD.

Some other movement among Patrol included the shifting of precinct commanders. Insp. Mike Marino replaced Insp. Jim Secreto as the CO of the 75 Pct. Jim Secreto moved to Queens Narcotics.

Replacing Mike Marino in the 77 Pct is Jim O�Connell, who makes the shift to Brooklyn North, serving most recently as the CO of the 120 Pct.

Insp. Tom Moran is now the Borough Adjutant. That�s why you�ve seen him with a big smile on his face walking around the SATCOM building. After several years as a hard-working precinct commander, Tom is welcoming his new duties.

DI Richard Bruno moved to the 83 Pct as the C.O. Replacing him in the 94 Pct is Capt. Theresa Shortell, coming to Brooklyn North from Queens.

From the Military Desk, Sgt. Joe Klobus (77 Sqd) is still on Active Duty with the Coast Guard. Joe has been serving on Active Duty for one year now. We all miss you, Joe!

Sgt. Tom Coomey, of Brooklyn North Gang Investigations, has recently returned from his stint of Active Duty with the Navy. Welcome back, Tom!

Best of luck to all!!!


October 17, 1989 PO Anthony Dwyer, MTS, Pushed from roof, burglary
October 18, 1938 Ptl Martin Hanke, 68 Pct, Shot-accidental
October 18, 1988 PO Christopher Hoban, MN Narco, Shot-warrant execution
October 18, 1988 PO Michael Buczek, 34 Pct, Shot-Investigation
October 18, 1996 Lt Federico Narvaez, 70 Pct, Shot-Investigation
October 19, 1929 Ptl Charles Saver, 76 Pct, Shot-robbery in progress
October 20, 1967 Ptl James Dandridge, 32 Pct, Shot:Accidental by MOS
October 22, 1907 Ptl Eugene Sheehan, 3 Pct, Shot by prisoner
October 22, 1931 Det Guido Pessagano, 20 Sqd, Shot-arrest
October 22, 1970 Ptl Gerald Murphy, 9 Pct, Shot-Arrest, off duty
October 22, 1972 Ptl Joseph Meaders, 63 Pct, Crushed by oil truck
October 24, 1935 Capt Richard McHale, 109 Pct, Shot by disgruntled MOS
October 24, 1939 Ptl Anthony Buckner, 32 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
October 26, 1897 Ptl Frederick Smith, 14 Pct, Shot-burglary in progress
October 26, 1910 Ptl James Mangen, 144 Pct, Head injury, rescue

Tuesday, October 22, 2002


During the 1970s the boundaries of the 14th Pct., Manhattan, were from West 27th Street to the centerline of West 43rd Street, from 5th Ave. to the Hudson River. As most of the area was commercial, including the fur trade area, garment district and Times Square, and there was only a small residential population, homicide investigations did not occur on a frequent basis.

But there were times when the 14th Squad had it hands full. The fall of 1970 was one of them.

On Friday, Oct. 9, 1970, while Ret. Det1 John Reilly was working a day tour 8 am to 5 pm, one of his partners caught a homicide case, which had occurred at a bank within the precinct. During the course of a robbery, the bank guard, a retired patrolman, confronted one of the robbers. The guard pulled the trigger of his revolver numerous times, but nothing happened because he had 25-year-old ammunition in his gun. The robber knocked the guard to the floor, while on the floor he pulled the trigger one more time, a shell fired and the bullet hit the robber just under the heart. The robber fired one shot at the guard, killing him.

As the robber ran out into the street, a uniformed patrolman arrested him. Taken to French Hospital he died there about three weeks later. From information developed it was learned that the second robber who got away was to meet his buddy in a Bowery bar later in the day. While the bar was staked out with the help of FBI agents, the second robber never showed up. The detectives continued to work on the case until almost 1.00 a.m. Then the District Inspector said that anyone who could still catch a train could leave. End of a long 16-hour day. As the next day was their �patrol� (open) day the squad commander told them that we did not have to be in until 11 a.m.

The next morning, at about 8.30 a.m., Oct. 10, 1970, home phones rang in the detectives� residences, and they were told that the night tour team had caught a homicide in the Times Square area and that they had another homicide at the General Post Office.

John Reilly was assigned to that case. Within an hour he was at the G.P.O. at 33rd Street & 8th Avenue conferring with the postal inspectors. At about 7.50 a.m. a male postal worker got into an argument with a female postal worker, his ex-girl friend. During the argument the male stabbed the female, killing her. He then fled from the building. There was some discussion as to who would handle the case, the Postal Inspectors or the NYPD. The Postal Inspector in charge said that normally they did not handle homicides, so it was decided that it would remain an NYPD case. An alarm was put out for the perpetrator and the local precinct in the Bronx where he lived was asked to check his home.

A local news radio station had picked up the story and was broadcasting an appeal for the perpetrator to give himself up. The perpetrator did call a precinct and they sent the Sergeant on patrol to the location where he was. The Sergeant arrested the perpetrator; at the station house he booked him for homicide and then called the postal authorities. The postal inspector responded and for a second time the male was arrested for homicide.

A few weeks later the detectives received a call from a postal inspector who told them that the U.S. Attorney might not prosecute. After conferring with the Manhattan D.A�s Office they were told to draw up a short affidavit, obtain an arrest warrant and to lodge it with Federal authorities. John Reilly did just that, and was next informed that a Federal Grand Jury had indicted the individual.

A busy couple of days for the 14th Squad!



Did you know that you can call Nextel 411 from a Nextel phone and request a �Reverse Look-Up�?

Giving them the phone number, they will let you know if there is a listing for that number. It�s good to utilize when in need from a scene. Keep in mind that if it comes back as �unlisted� you will still need to utilize the other investigative steps to obtain this information. Note: This is for residential/commercial listings, NOT for cell phone listings.


The Pension Section has been legislatively removed from NYPD and will now function as a separate entity known as the Police Pension Fund (233 Broadway, 25th Floor, NY NY- Tel: 212.897.3413) . Insp. MICHAEL WELSOME now changes titles and becomes "Executive Director." The new unit is expected to provide increased services to retiring members.


Between 1966 and 1969, at least five people were murdered in California by an unknown killer who called himself "The Zodiac."

During this time and well into the early 1970s, he sent dozens of letters, codes, and diagrams to area newspapers detailing his crimes, taunting the police, threatening mayhem, and claiming to identify himself. Because these letters were usually riddled with misspellings and bad grammar, the killer was initially believed to be a discretionary illiterate, with little education beyond popular films and novels, but some believe that his prolific writings reveal a working knowledge of chemistry, geometry, and literature that points toward higher education.

The truth likely resides somewhere between these two extremes. It was perhaps this misunderstanding, in conjunction with a great deal of luck on the Zodiac's part, that gave the killer the head start that has enabled him to confound no less than four local police forces, the California State Department of Justice, the US Postal Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of Naval Intelligence for over 30 years.

A good book just finished by The Minister, ZODIAC UNMASKED, reveals the author's reasons for revealing the Zodiac killer as Robert Leigh Allen. This very interesting retelling of the Zodiac cases paints a very clear picture as to the identity of the killer, and provides all the reasons why a coordinated effort among all department's may have proved successful. It also has a chapter on the "New York Zodiac", naming none other than our own Joe "Porkchop" Herbert, and Mike Ciravolo, as having influential roles in these cases. Sorry, but Lou Savarese was omitted!


As quoted by Lieutenant Phil Panzarella (Sundance 113) and �the best detective supervisor in the police department�, Lieutenant Dan Kelly, the four things that solve homicides are:

1. Crime Scene
2. Interviews
3. Records
4. Surveillance

At the Crime Scene the detective examines the body, the location, and recovers evidence that may help down the road.

Interviews involve conducting a good canvass, talking to people in the area. Once the suspect is in the room, the interview stage takes on a whole new, important meaning. Interviews are extremely important. If you interview people properly, including during the canvass stage, you get their trust and that may lead to getting the information needed to solve cases. The value of good interview skills cannot be overstated for a successful investigator! Talking to people: in the street, then in the room, will be the difference between success and failure!

Records need to be reviewed in conducting background checks on individuals, the victim, and any suspects.

Surveillance is the observation and apprehension stage of the person responsible for the murder.


While we're at it, let's not forget Sundance's "Five P's":

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance


Here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods. You can�t make this stuff up! Or, perhaps more aptly put, �Ya Gotta Love It�.

On an American Airlines packet of nuts: "Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts."
Is there a Step 3?

On a child's superman costume: "Wearing of this garment does not enable you
to fly."
I don't blame the company. I blame the parents for this one. Perhaps this warning is the result of some litigation? I could just imagine that lawsuit!

On a Swedish chainsaw: "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals."
Was there a lot of this happening somewhere?

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Friday, October 18, 2002


As reported in numerous periodicals, including the October 9 edition of the Wall Street Journal, the use of lie detectors by federal agencies to screen employees and identify spies has come under question.

A panel of scientists concluded that �lie-detector tests that federal agencies have used for decades to screen for spies and other security risks aren�t reliable, and new techniques should be pursued�.

While this seems to call the use of the polygraph into question on a whole, further examination of the study reveals its potential use in a criminal investigation.

It is noted that the more specific questions asked during a polygraph exam for a criminal case is more in line with what the lie-detector test can uncover. It is the broad question method used in security clearance exams, such as �Have you ever violated security rules� that could more easily trigger false alarms.

It would seem that the National Research Council�s scientific panel approves of the use in criminal investigations of the polygraph. However, it must be noted that it adds �those skilled at simple deceptive practices may skew the results�.

Nothing that we haven�t known all along.

The modern polygraph tests involve measuring a number of bodily responses, including breathing, sweating, and fluctuations in blood pressure that occur during questioning. Broader research into newer techniques, including measuring brain waves and minute changes in facial temperature, may prove to produce better results in the future.


I still have not been able to come across a DD1, but in my search have
come across the following DD forms. You may know them already, but heres a listing for review.

DD4 First report of assigned detective

DD5 All subsequent reports (both 1930s)

DD9 Complaint Location index (added 7/28/1956)

DD13 Report of Missing persons/unidentified dead person

DD13A Report of missing child under age 7 years old (both 1940s)

DD26 Report of unknown dead- giving detailed description of body &
clothing of unidentified dead at Morgue (1940s)

DD53 Police Department Release for Lost or Stolen property recovered in a pawnshop. This form was deleted by G.O. 22 5/1/1961.

DD62 Chronological Record of cases (added 12/29/1954)

DD96 Criminal Alien Report

As I was looking this list over, the thought popped into my head.

I don�t know for sure, but you would think that the way the department forms were numbered was in sequential order. You know, report number two followed report number one, etc. When a need arose to create a report or form, someone sat down and put it together, and then gave it the next report number.

With that thought in mind, and remembering that the mission of the police department is to preserve order and solve crime, you have to think: �what were the sixty other forms that were created before creating the form to register a complaint of a crime�. I mean, if the complaint form is UF61, what were the other uniform-force reports that came before it? Don�t you think �reporting a crime� would have been one of the first things someone would create? Just a little thought on the bureaucratic process. Maybe it�s me!


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A recent article published in NEW YORK LAWYER noted the exploits of the cigar-smuggling lawyer.

A Chicago lawyer was convicted of smuggling thousands of Cuban cigars into this country in violation of the 39-year-old trade embargo against the communist country.
Richard "Mick" Connors, 53, was found guilty Wednesday and could get up to five years in prison at sentencing Dec. 12.
The federal jury took five hours to convict Connors of smuggling, trading with the enemy, conspiracy and lying to a passport officer.
Witnesses testified that in the early 1990s as the cigar fad was building in the United States, Connors went to Cuba by way of Canada and Mexico almost monthly, bought cigars and brought them home with him.
American citizens must have State Department permission to visit Cuba. Authorized visitors may bring back $100 worth of goods including cigars for their own use but may not resell them here.
Cuba is renowned for such fine cigars as Romeo y Juliettas, Montecristos and Fidel Castro's favorites, Cohibas.
Connors, a former Cook County assistant public defender, served as his own lawyer and accused the government of cooking up evidence against him.
He said the government began investigating him after misinterpreting an adventure novel he wrote about cigar smuggling as true.
Prosecutors showed the jury stacks of cigar boxes confiscated from Connors' home in the suburb of Skokie and plainly marked ``Hecho en Cuba.''
In most cases, Customs agents who find Americans returning with Cuban cigars merely confiscate the cigars. Prosecutors said charges were brought against Oliver because of the large number of cigars he smuggled.


Here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods. You can�t make this stuff up! Or, perhaps more aptly put, �Ya Gotta Love It�.

On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness."
And I'm taking this because???....

On most brands of Christmas lights: "For indoor or outdoor use only."
As opposed to...what?

On a Japanese food processor: "Not to be used for the other use."
Somebody out there please help me on this.

On Sunsbury's peanuts: "Warning: contains nuts."

Tuesday, October 15, 2002


As it has been noted on this site previously, the "Metropolitan Police Mutual Aid Association" is the first line organization or Police Benevolent Association of police officers in N.Y.C. and in all probability the whole United States. This organization is
the embryo of the PBA, DEA and Sergeants' Benevolent Association, etc.

Prior to its organization, families of police officers killed in the line of duty received a small amount of money from the Metropolitan Police and an outside charitable organization named the "The Riot Relief Fund".

The object of the Metropolitan Police Mutual Aid Association was to collect 50 cents from every member on the payday after an officer died or was killed in the line of duty for the family of the deceased police officer. Back then a police officer salary was $600 a year, so 50 cents was a considerable amount of money - more than a day's pay.

Prior to this organization, the Metropolitan P.D. established a Widows' and Orphans Fund in 1858. Fines from police trials were paid into this fund. Also 15% of all rewards paid to police officers went into the fund. (Police officers were allowed to accept rewards from private individuals for good police work.) In Nov. of 1865, 41 persons were drawing pensions from it. There were thirty widows of policemen who died in the line of duty, 10 policemen who had served 10 years or more and one orphan of a deceased officer.

There was also a "Riot Relief Fund" organized by benefactors outside the department, that was established to compensate victims of the N.Y.C. July 1863 Civil War Draft Riots. It later was used to assist the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Also of note is the fact that police officers from the NYC Park Police were also allowed to join this organization. They were paid exactly the same as NYC cops and held the same ranks. At one time the park police were part of the Metropolitan Police during the Civil War and later after the disbandment of the Metropolitan Police became an independent organization reporting to the Department of Parks. On January 1, 1898 they were merged into the NYPD. Those in Central Park became today's Central Park Pct. and those in the Bronx Park became what today is the 52nd Precinct.

The first meeting to establish the organization was held in the basement of NY City's City Hall on September 28, 1866 and was attended by members of the 26th Precinct, "the object being to organize an association in the police department for the benefit of the widows and orphans of deceased members."

The first President of the Association was Sergeant William H. Lefferts, and the organization included all ranks of the department from doormen to the
Superintendent of Police, who was the Chief of Department..

Later, the "Metropolitan Police Benevolent Burial Association" was organized in 1869. Dues in the Burial Association in the amount of one dollar entitled each member to life membership. In 1871, the association purchased a plot in Cypress Hills Cemetery. The P.B.A. and then the "Honor Legion" held the deed to these plots. Later the Honor Legion sold the plots off and then anybody could be buried in this police burial plot.

I must, once again, thank Mike Bosak and Ret. 1st Grade Det. John T. Reilly for their contribution to documenting this part of NYPD history.


Back in 1866, when the Police Mutual Aid Association was established, they met in the basement of City Hall. There was also a police precinct that turned out of this same location.

The 26th Precinct operated out of the basement of City Hall at that time, and was also known as the "Ordinance Squad" because they enforced the NYC Ordinances, or what we know today as the NYC Administrative Code.

There were 18 different police precincts at that time, and some of the other notable police precincts included the 19th Precinct Substation. The 19th Precinct Sub-Station was in the basement of the old Grand Central Terminal on 42nd Street and Lexington Ave. The 19th Precinct Station House was on East 59th Street at that time.

The 29th Precinct was located on East 29th St. near 4th Ave. in Manhattan.


As noted in a recent press release from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the number of police officers killed nationwide during the first half of 2002 dropped to its lowest level in more than 30 years.

Sixty-eight federal, state and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during the first six months this year. This represents roughly a 10 percent decrease from the 76 officers who lost their lives during the same period a year ago. The last time police fatality figures for the first half of the year dipped this low was in 1966 when 67
Officers were killed.

Over the last 10 years, an average of 163 law officers have died in the performance of duty annually, including 230 last year.

Of the 68 officers who were killed through June of this year, 30 were shot to death, 21 died in automobile accidents, four succumbed to job-related illnesses, three officers were killed in aircraft accidents, two were struck by automobiles while outside of their own vehicles, two died in motorcycle accidents, two were stabbed to death, two officers drowned, one officer was killed in an explosion during a training exercise, and one officer was beaten to death.


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October 15, 1932 Ptl John Fink, 71 Pct, Fire rescue
October 15, 1964 Det James Donegan, 71 Squad, Shot effecting arrest
October 15, 1964 Det Salvatore Potenza, 71 Sqd, Shot effecting arrest
October 15, 1994 PO William Kennedy, Info unavailable

It is noted that on October 15, 1964, two detectives from the 71 Squad were fatally wounded during an exchange of shots with a man they attempted to arrest.

The incident occurred at 1632 Hendrickson St., Brooklyn. Det. James Donegan, Sh#1338 and his partner Det. Salvatore Potenza, Sh#1203 were both posthumously awarded the NYPD Medal of Honor. Mayor Robert Wagner presented the medal for Det. Donegan to his father, Mr. James F. Donegan and the medal for Det. Potenza to his widow, Mrs. Gloria Potenza.

Friday, October 11, 2002


In addition to the �124 Room�, stationhouses of olden-days also had what was known as the �Ninety Room�.

This was the �reserve� dormitory. A standard practice, covered under Rules #255-257, required that patrolmen on �reserve� could not leave the station house while performing �reserve� duty. They were a stand-by contingent if needed for unusual incidents, and were a regular part of a patrolman�s duty chart. The precinct�s usually had some �buffs� around that would go out for food, cigarettes, etc. for those on �reserve�.

Reserve duty was done away with sometime in the early 1950�s. Even Paddy Boyle never had to perform �reserve� duty!


The NYPD had a separate Policewomen�s Bureau until 1967.

In 1967 180 women were assigned to precinct desk jobs. In 1972, 15 women volunteered to go on patrol as an experiment. The following year, 1973, with the experiment deemed a success, both the Policewomen�s Bureau and the title �Policewoman� were abolished.

It was at this time that the title Police Officer was established for both male and female members of the service, and hundreds of female police officers joined the NYPD patrol force.

Policewomen had separate and distinct shields, similar to a five point star with an eagle on top, and the title �Policewoman� indicated. It should also be noted that the cap device for policewomen did not indicate their shield number.

Of historical note regarding women in policing is Gertrude Schimmel. She was the first woman police captain, so appointed in 1971. She later rose to the rank of deputy chief in 1978.


Raymond Pierce, a Retired Detective from NYPD, was appointed to the New York City Police Department in 1970, and in 1973 he was promoted to detective. He worked predominantly in the Seven-Five (75th) Precinct in East New York, Brooklyn.

He was later assigned to the Sex Crimes Squad, and soon after attended a Profiling Seminar conducted by the FBI in Quantico, VA in 1985.

In 1985, Pierce had a year long fellowship in psychological profiling at the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va. After his FBI fellowship, he established the Criminal Assessment and Profiling Unit of the NYPD Detective Bureau. That unit assisted investigators with serial crimes and unsolved major case investigations.
From 1986 to 1998, he assisted federal, state, and local investigators in over one thousand criminal investigations. Detective Pierce has lectured to thousands of investigators nationally and internationally on homicide and sex crimes investigation, Criminal Investigative Analysis, stalking, interview and interrogation, serial murder, threat analysis, white collar crime, suspect evaluation and advanced investigative techniques. He also was the primary lecturer and coordinator of the Now York City Police Department's Homicide Investigator's Course from 1986 to 1998.

He retired from the NYPD in October 1998 and established RMP International, a consultant firm located in Crestwood, N.Y., specializing in psychological profiling, wrongful death evaluation, threat analysis, and other specialized security matters. He advises attorneys, corporate security and private investigators, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Raymond Pierce holds a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science and a master's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is also a contributing author to the Criminal and Civil Investigation Handbook, and appears often as an expert on criminal profiling and sex offender patterns.


Sundance 113 (Lt. Phil Panzarella) has what he calls �The Five P�s�. They are:

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance


"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world,
I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with
all those flies and death and stuff,"

-- Mariah Carey [now we know why she's such a sensitive actress]

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go
to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next
morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record."
Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman


As reported in the NY LAWYER recently, Academic researchers in England have announced the election of the world's funniest joke.

The researchers polled people in 10 countries before identifying the following as the champion kneeslapper:

A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: "Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says: "OK, now what?"


October 9, 1928 Ptl Thomas Wallace, Mcy2, Motorcycle accident on patrol
October 9, 1965 Ptl Philip Shultz, HA-BkSI, Shot-off duty arrest
October 10, 1973 PO George Mead, 42 Pct, Shot-robbery off duty
October 10, 1975 PO Walter Tarpey, MSTF, Auto accident on patrol
October 12, 1946 Ptl George Hunter, 30 Pct, Shot-robbery
October 13, 1968 Ptl David Turman, TPF, Shot-mistaken ID, off duty
October 13, 1970 Ptl Maurice Erben, Harbor, Boat accident
October 13, 1996 PO Brian Jones, PSA4, Shot-off duty incident

Monday, October 07, 2002


ALL detectives should be aware of the Burdo decision, as it touches on something we do all the time.

In People v. Burdo, from October 30, 1997, the New York State Court of Appeals issued the following decision.

�The Court concluded that the police were not permitted to interrogate the defendant about a murder where the defendant was in a correctional facility awaiting trial on an unrelated rape charge on which counsel had already been appointed. A defendant represented by counsel on the charge for which he is in custody cannot be interrogated in the absence of counsel �on any matter�.

If the subject is incarcerated awaiting trial then he has an attorney assigned, and cannot be spoken with about any incident without his/her attorney being present.


It has been noted by Mike Bosak, an NYPD historian and retired MOS from Auto Crime, that the origin of the PBA seems to have taken place in what was known as the NYC Police Mutual Aid Association.

Mike was recently sent a book on this Association, forwarded to him from a Retired State Trooper now living in Indiana. This trooper came upon the book at a garage sale in Indiana, and has sent it on to Mike Bosak. Bosak will be donating the book to the NYC Police Museum, after reading through it thoroughly.

The NYC Police Mutual Aid Association appears to be the first line organization or benevolent association not only for New York City but for all police agencies in the United States.

The book, published in 1877, is titled: �Decennial Report of the Police Mutual Aid Association of New York, Brooklyn and Yonkers. Organized October 13, 1866�. It lists the officers, table of organization, by-laws; police officers that were killed or died, monies paid to police widows and orphans and all reports from Jan. 12, 1867 to Jan. 1, 1877. It also list all members of the Police Mutual Aid Association and their commands as of Jan. 1, 1877
If you are wondering how Yonkers got into the equation, here�s how. The Metropolitan Police also policed Yonkers and the NYC Municipal police policed Yonkers in 1871 before the lateral transfer of those members from the NYC Municipal Police Department to the Yonkers PD in 1871. It should be noted also that the name changed from NYC Municipal PD to NYPD on June 13, 1873.
Also of note is the fact that police officers from the NYC Park Police were also allowed to join this organization. These officers were paid exactly the same as NYC cops, as was noted in a recent posting to this site.
The first meeting of the Association was held in the basement of New York�s City Hall on September 28, 1866 and was attended by members of the 26th Precinct (different from today�s 2-6), �the object being to organize an association in the police department for the benefit of the widows and orphans of deceased members.�
At that time New York City did not pay any monies to families of officers killed in the line of duty, or for that matter for any death of police officers.
The Association was chaired by Sergeant William H. Lefferts, who was the first president, and included all ranks of the department from doormen to the Superintendent of Police (Chief of Department).
This organization is the embryo of the PBA, DEA, SBA, etc.


Being a good typist was the main qualification for being assigned as the 124 Man. You performed all the clerical duties for the desk officer, including the UF49�s and other reports for the C.O. Manual typewriters, carbon paper.

As noted by some retirees, the 124 man did not work out of a room but sat in a small alcove near the T.S. board and the desk.

It should also be noted that the 124 Man/Room was also known as the 95-Man/Room, as the R&P were amended and this section came under Section 95. It�s funny how �124� has withstood the test of time, and �95� has come and gone.

Using this same rationale, this would currently be known as the 3/21 Room/Man. Somehow it just doesn�t seem right!

In the old 30 Precinct SH this area had originally been the entrance way for MOF. In the 9th Pct. on E. 5th St. the 124 man sat at a desk in the muster room. His area was separated by a railing around it. In the old 14th Pct. on W. 30th St. the 124 man worked out of a small area in the muster room as well; he had no railing.

Back in the 1950s nobody was permitted to eat in the station house. If you were assigned to an RMP then you ate in the car. A patrolman on a foot post was required by Rule 115 to, if possible, obtain his meal on his post.

As noted by Ret. Det1 John Reilly, he can remember one time when he had the sector car that included the station house and he would bring in the morning coffee, rolls and butter, but for supervisors and MOF working there. One morning, though, after bringing in the morning breakfast for all, he was kicked out of the station house by the desk officer because he and his partner were having coffee in the SH.

Of interest to The Squad, I�m sure, was the almost regular occurrence of �buffs� who would hang around the detective squad room and go out for coffee. The detectives, even then, always had a way of making sure they didn�t go hungry.

The TS assignment was given to a Sergeant. It was his duty to record the regular hourly rings of the patrolman, and to give out assignments to the foot posts or sector cars as they called in. Remember, there was no �911� system for telephoning the police. Most residents had the precinct telephone number handy and would call the station house for any calls-for-assistance. The Sergeant on TS duty would make these assignments as the patrolmen called in from the boxes placed throughout the area. There were no radios for foot posts; the Sergeant could also start calling the boxes on a post seeking out the foot patrolman to give him the assignment.

A little side note: Note the terms �TS�, standing for telephone switchboard, and �MOF�, Member of the Force. Switchboards have long been replaced by telephones, but the term still stands. As for MOF, that term was thought to be too caustic, and has been replaced by the term we all know, MOS for Member of the Service. It was thought, back in the 70�s, that �service� sounded better than �force�.

It was also common for the sector car to give a disposition back to the desk officer as �Handled by the MOP�. That was the abbreviation for �Man on Post� � the foot patrolman. Remember, at that time females were not on patrol; the foot patrolman was always the �MOP� � the man on post.


You�ve often heard, or seen written, reference to the �Five Crime Families� of New York�s organized crime underworld. Just what are the five families?

GENOVESE: Luciano, Genovese, Gigante et al.
GAMBINO: Gambino, Castellano, Gotti et al
BONANNO: Bonanno, Galante, Massino et al
COLOMBO: Profaci, Colombo et al.
LUCCHESE: Lucchese, Corallo, Amuso et al.


All former members of the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad, as well as our friends, co-workers, and associates, are invited to the Brooklyn North Homicide Christmas Holiday Dinner.

This will take place on Thursday, December 12, starting at 1700 to 2100 hours.

The place, a familiar spot to all, is Nina�s Restaurant , 173 Kingsland Ave (under the BQE). You know the place; you know the squad, and you know the good time that will be had by all who attend.

We are urging all retirees from the squad to reach out to some friends, and join everyone for this holiday dinner. For $50. per person, how could you go wrong?

Please mark the event down in your calendar, and give the squad a call to RSVP your attendance. We�re looking forward to seeing our friends at this event.

You can contact the squad at (718) 963-5370. Looking forward to seeing everyone there that evening!


The following excerpt is taken from the 10/2/02 issue of Government Executive Today.

Vote on homeland bill not likely before November election
By Brody Mullins and April Fulton, CongressDaily

�Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., plans to pull homeland security legislation from the floor after Senate Republicans Tuesday afternoon again defeated, 52-45, the last of a half-dozen motions to shut down debate on the bill. Barring an improbable, 11th-hour compromise, the move means that the Senate will not be able to approve the creation of a Homeland Security Department before the November election.

Republican lawmakers and candidates Tuesday continued to blame Senate Democrats for blocking the bill�while Democrats said Republicans blocked the bill by defeating the procedural motions to limit debate and move to a final vote. Key senators plan to meet Tuesday to see if they can strike a last-minute deal to break the impasse.�

Editorial Comment: Is there anyone else who thinks that our Congress is playing political games at a time when we need some real �Homeland Security�??? I don�t know about you, but when I listen to the rhetorical nonsense coming from some of these people, at the expense of our real need for Homeland Security, I get sick.


Congratulations to the recent promotees from Brooklyn North Detectives.

Mike Zeller of the 83 Squad was recently designated First Grade. Truly a well deserving promotion for this hard-working individual.

Mike McNally of Brooklyn North Homicide was designated Second Grade Detective. An exceptionally well-deserved promotion for Mike!

On the same day Ralph Perez of the 83 Squad was also designated Second Grade.
It was great to see such well deserving detectives receive this designation.

Please say a special get-well to John Kristoffersen of Brooklyn North Homicide, who is recovering at home after a long bout with a gall-bladder boulder. John has been in and out of the hospital with this for two months, and thankfully is now at home recovering from surgery. Too bad he missed the Retirement Dinner this past month; John had been working hard on this event prior to his illness. Don�t worry, John, we saved you some food (or at least that�s what Larry Eggers says is in his desk drawer). Hope to see you back soon, John.

We also wish to extend our thoughts to Bobby Salem, retired Detective from Brooklyn North Homicide. Thoughts of you are with us as you go through your treatment, and we all look forward to seeing you up and around again real soon.

It�s also good to see Bob Gates back at the administrative-helm of BNDO, after being out with a dog-bite injury to his thumb. (Yes, that�s right- a dog bite injury). How about those Mets, Bobby?


Retired Capt. Thomas Cawley, 63, died Saturday, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in Pearl River, Rockland County.

Cawley, who retired in 1996 as commander of Transit District 11 in the Bronx after a 33-year career, was a third-year law student at Fordham University and hoped to specialize in geriatric law. He also was a leader in the Ancient Order of Hibernians' Rockland County chapter.

Tom was a transit cop, working in District 1 for a good part of his career. Most former-Transit MOS will remember Tom as the Detective Captain for Manhattan/Bronx, working out of Central Robbery on 40th Street for a time.

Cawley is survived by four sons, Charles Anderson, James Anderson, Frank Anderson and William Anderson; and four brothers. His wife, Ellen Anderson Cawley, died in 1992.


Here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods. You can�t make this stuff up! Or, perhaps more aptly put, �Ya Gotta Love It�.

On a Sears hairdryer: "Do not use while sleeping."
(What if that's the only time I have to work on my hair?)

On a bag of Fritos: "You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details
This must be the shoplifter special?

On a bar of Dial soap: "Directions: Use like regular soap."
And that would be how??...

On some Swanson frozen dinners: "Serving suggestion: "Defrost."
Remember, it's "just" a suggestion.

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): "Do not turn upside down."
Well...a bit late, huh!


October 7, 1968 Ptl John Varecha, 18 Pct, Shot during investigation
October 7, 1989 PO William Chisolm, 45 Pct, Shot-off duty
October 8, 1928 Ptl William Stoeffel, 4 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
October 8, 1956 Det William Christman, 92 Sqd, Shot-off duty incident
October 8, 1966 Ptl James Cosgrove, Mcy4/Hwy3, Auto accident on patrol
October 8, 1993 PO John Williamson, HA-PSA6, Head injury-bucket from roof

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Friday, October 04, 2002


Ira Baum�s feet hurt. He just had his shoes stretched at Tony�s Shoe Repair, and was standing in the doorway looking out at the intersection of St. John�s Place and Ralph Avenue. He just missed the eastbound bus, and couldn�t yet decide if he would walk home to Eastern Parkway or wait for the next bus. If he made a left coming out the door, he�d head the four blocks home. If he turned right, he�d cross the street and maybe stop at Katz�s Bakery. They had a great cheese danish. �What about your diabetes� he could hear his wife saying. He chose to turn left, and walk home.

The fall of 1967 was into full swing. It was getting cool out, brisk autumn weather, and surely Ira thought the walk would do him good. Now that he was retired he didn�t get the exercise he used to get walking to the subway every day.

As Ira Baum was contemplating the choice between a cheese Danish and a walk home, the 73 Squad Room was the scene of some other decision making. Detective�s Eddie Zigo and his new partner, Joe Presti, were working their �Open Day� � a 9 hour tour that started at 10 am. They would be doing their �turn-around� tour the tomorrow into Friday� the tour that started at 5 pm and ended at 8 am � what was known as �Night Duty� in the detective chart. After that, they had Saturday and Sunday off, returning Monday for their day duty � 8 am to 5 pm. It took a little getting used to, but the detective�s liked their chart. Their big decision at that moment was their lunch order. Detective Don Shea was the veteran in the squad, and he and his partner Tommy Finan were going to Punzone�s at New York Avenue and Rutland Road for some sandwiches. �Should we get the "Freddy-Special", or a salami and cheese� thought Zigo. the "Freddy-special", named after a 124 Room cop in the 79 Precinct, was a hot hero � meatballs, sausage, peppers and parmigiano cheese. Finan and Shea were getting the cold hero, while Zigo and Presti ordered the Freddy-special. Lieutenant Monahan wasn�t eating; his gout was bothering him.

Before Shea could grab the keys to head out for the lunch order, Monahan came out of his office. �We got a male shot, St John�s Place between Howard and Ralph. Patrol says he�s DOA�. Ira Baum never made it home. He should have gone for the cheese danish.

Presti caught the homicide. It was his first homicide case, as he had just been sent to the 73 Squad after getting his shield from working plainclothes in the 13th Division. Zigo and Presti would work the case for five straight days. Finan and Shea pitched in, but they kept their RDO�s. Zigo and Presti worked through their weekend RDO�s, straight through to the following Tuesday. Ira Baum didn�t deserve to get killed over the three bucks in his pocket by some heroin junkie. Eventually, after talking to the right people and knocking on the right doors, the case went. Presti had his first homicide collar, and the case was closed in six days.

One thing you can be sure of. Lieutenant Monahan never had to worry about his �overtime budget�. He didn�t have to decide who he would keep on duty, and who he would send home. The detectives catching a homicide case knew their job was to work through, whatever had to be done, to get the case together. Overtime was never an issue.

It was never an issue because overtime for pay was non-existent. At a time when the neighborhood bar still outnumbered the storefront churches, detectives routinely worked over and above their duty chart � without any extra pay. �Dedication time� was a term they often heard.

Which leads us into�


As many of you probably already know, overtime for police officers and other MOS did not always exist. That doesn�t mean that members did not routinely work more than 40 hours/week in getting their job done; it just means that they weren�t paid extra for it.

I checked with Ret. Det1 John Reilly on this subject, and he has the following to contribute. John notes that, although detectives weren�t making overtime pay, they often worked long hours for the sake of getting the case solved. Dedication time, it was known as.

When John Reilly first came into the job in 1955 there was no overtime. You just worked the hours you were told to do. Election Day was a particularly bad time for everyone. The chart was suspended for three days. If you did not have polling place duty you worked 12-hour tours on patrol. If you had an Election Board, on Election Day you came in a 4.30 am, picked up the materials and boxes and went to the polling place you were assigned to. You had to arrive there by 5.00 am, and set up to be ready when the polls opened at 6.00 am. At some point in the day you got one hour off to vote and another hour for a meal period. The polls closed at 9.00 pm, and if you were lucky and had a good election board the count was done before 10.00 pm. Then it was into the station house with all the boxes, and the Election Board Chairperson. You had to line-up and hand in the returns, trying to get all done by 11.00 pm. No overtime for this duty! Maybe at the end of the year the P.C. would award everyone two extra day off for all the good work done during the year.

Another particularly unusual time was in 1960, when the 15th Session of the United Nations opened on Sept. 20th. An emergency chart was put in place on Sept. 19th. MOS worked 21 tours in 20 days: 5 tours 12X8, then 8 hours swing, then 5 tours 4X12, 8 hour swing, then 5 tours 8X4, 8 hour swing and repeat again.

While there was no overtime the City asked the Federal government to pay the department overtime. At some point down the road the Feds came up with money. Everyone in the job received overtime pay for this UN duty that they worked. It came out to a decent amount, as it was paid at time and one half.

The pension board ruled that that overtime money could be used in calculating the final year�s salary. This created a situation where a lot of MOS retired, due to the big jump in their pension for that years earnings. Surprise, though! The City Comptroller then ruled that the overtime money could not be used toward the pension. A court action was taken, and after a few years the Court�s ruled that while the Comptroller�s ruling stood, the City had to let anyone who had retired based on the Pension Board�s ruling, had to be reinstated in the job. A lot of those who had retired then came back, but they had to stay at least 6 months before they could retire again. This worked out for most of them, though, because the annual pay had gone up in the meantime, so they could now retire at a higher pension.

In 1961, the City put all uniformed patrolmen on a 40-hour workweek and stated that anything over 40 hours would be paid at overtime rates. The Department would only pay if it was ordered time. In the Detective Division there was no overtime and if anyone asked about it they were told that�s why you were getting grade money. Detectives continued to put in whatever time necessary in order to get an investigation done. Some squad commanders would let men have some extra time off, but it was all done on the �Q.T.�.

In Narcotics, while they were supposed to work the chart, everyone turned a blind eye to when you worked as long as you made your arrests and made your court appearances. There was no official overtime or comp-time.

Overtime for Detectives did not come into being until about 1971-1972, and then they were limited to only getting paid for 100 hours. This 100 hour cap lasted for quite some time, as The Minister recalls sometime around 1984 the 100-hour cap was just then being lifted.

The question The Minister has is this: When there was no overtime for detectives, what did squad commanders agonize over? What were meetings called for back then, if it wasn�t about the current state of overtime?

* Editor�s Note: Although the short story is a work of fiction, the detectives are real. Although the facts as recounted here did not occur, they could have. Stories just like this occurred each and every day in New York; the detective�s had a job, and they did it. No questions asked.


What did a detective duty chart look like in 1967? When Eddie Zigo and Don Shea were catching cases in the 73 Squad, it looked something like this:

4x2; 4x2; 4x1; 5x2; then repeat this sequence

The tours: Day Duty was 8 am to 5 pm
Night Duty was 5pm to 8am. This was the overnight tour.
Open Day: A 9 hour tour designated by the Borough Commander.

It looked something like this:

Day Duty; Open Day; Night Duty; 2 days RDO
Day Duty; Open Day; Night Duty; 2 days RDO
Day Duty; Open Day; Night Duty; 1 day RDO
Open Day; Day Duty; Open Day; Night Duty; 2 days RDO
Repeat sequence

I would think that some of those �dedicated� time that the detectives worked, without extra pay, was accounted for in the �Open Day� tours of duty. Just a thought.


Good multi-link investigative resource site

The Private Investigator�s Portal: A Start Page For All Investigators!
News-forums-searches-aids-reviews and much more!


All former members of the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad, as well as our friends, co-workers, and associates, are invited to the Brooklyn North Homicide Christmas Holiday Dinner.

This will take place on Thursday, December 12, starting at 1700 to 2100 hours.

The place, a familiar spot to all, is Nina�s Restaurant , 173 Kingsland Ave (under the BQE). You know the place; you know the squad, and you know the good time that will be had by all who attend.

We are urging all retirees from the squad to reach out to some friends, and join everyone for this holiday dinner. For $50. per person, how could you go wrong?

Please mark the event down in your calendar, and give the squad a call to RSVP your attendance. We�re looking forward to seeing our friends at this event.

You can contact the squad at (718) 963-5370. Looking forward to seeing everyone there that evening!


Here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods. You can�t make this stuff up! Or, perhaps more aptly put, �Ya Gotta Love It�.

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: "Product will be hot after heating."
And you thought it would be ????..

On packaging for a Rowenta iron: "Do not iron clothes on body."
Wouldn't this save me more time?

On Boot's Children Cough Medicine: "Do not drive a car or operate machinery
after taking this medication."
We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year-olds with head-colds off those forklifts!


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