Wednesday, May 19, 2004


�Did anybody ever tell you dumb is forever�?
Mike Hammer (by Mickey Spillane)

�I never expect anything, and I still get disappointed�.
Mike Hammer (by Mickey Spillane)


It is believed that the Rattle Watchmen, who patrolled New Amsterdam in the 1650's, carried lanterns at night with green glass sides in them as a means of identification.

When the Watchmen returned to the watch house after patrol, they hung their lantern on a hook by the front door to show people seeking the watchman that he was in the watch house.

Today, green lights are hung outside the entrances of Police Precincts as a symbol that the "Watch" is present and vigilant.


Following the recent posting on this site regarding the line of duty deaths of Det�s. Finnegan and Fallon, I received a response from Ret. Det. Capt Frank Bolz.

Frank recalled being a detective in the 81 Squad at the time these detectives were killed. He was a new detective in the 81 Squad, and was on vacation at the time.

�In those days before overtime pay, whenever an incident occurred, it was expected that all off duty detectives would respond to the squad handling the investigation�.

After some diligent detective work, Jerry Rosenberg would be arrested for the homicide. Al Seedman, who was the distict detective Captain at the time, would have his photo appear in the NY POST holding up Rosenberg�s head by the hair for the camera.

�He caught some flack for that�. In fact, as Seedman noted in his autobiography, it held up his promotion to Deputy Inspector for some time.

�Jerry Rosenberg would become the jail house lawyer in Attica, during the Attica riots. He would later get his law
degree in jail, for FREE, and then sue the N.Y. Bar ethics committee to try to be admitted to the NY bar�.

A TV film would be produced about Rosenberg, played by Tony Danza. �All this time, the children of Finnegan and
Fallon would struggle to get their college education�. As the Director of the Police Line of Duty Widows scholarship fund, Frank was well aware of the problems they encountered.

Thanks, Frank, for your insight. It�s ALWAYS appreciated!


Your friends in Brooklyn North wish JOHN AMODEO a speedy recovery from his recent heart surgery.

John, the Squad Commander of the 75 Squad, went in for a stress test recently, and found himself facing heart surgery that involved six stents placed in two arteries! Thankfully, John wasn�t more seriously injured.

While he is at home recovering, we know he misses all of us here in Brooklyn North, but it�s not as much as we miss you, John! Hoping you a speedy recovery, and looking to see you at our Squad Commander�s lunch meetings soon!

We all miss you!


Here are some sites that are very useful in helping to locate people.

PeopleSpot: A new portal dedicated to helping you find people. There is a huge reference list of sources, aids, and resources you can use from this new portal.

SkipEase: A massive link list providing links to dozens of search sites that are very useful in locating missing persons.

Skip Tracer Tool Box: Another very well done and extensive links page.

Telephone Directories on the Web: This site links you to over 350 telephone directories, yellow pages, business directories and email directories in over 150 different countries.


Insurance companies maintain a Special Investigations Unit to conduct specialized fraud investigations. Usually staffed by retired detectives, the Special Investigations Unit�s are probably a good starting point for the detective seeking investigative assistance.

When contacting an insurance company, ask to speak to someone in their Special Investigations Unit.

For more information you can check out the web site for the:
International Association of Special Investigations Units

Monday, May 10, 2004


This week has been set aside and designated NATIONAL POLICE OFFICERS MEMORIAL WEEK throughout the country.

May 15 has been the day designated as the national day of remembrance for all police officers who have performed the ultimate sacrifice. Let�s not forget our brothers and sisters throughout the country on this day.


As reported by the Associated Press this past Sunday, a Constable who was killed in 1675 in Springfield, Mass is the newest name added to that city�s memorial for fallen police officers.

Constable John Miller was killed protecting the town against American Indians in 1675. He is reported to be the first known law enforcement fatality in what later became the United States.

�Miller is the earliest known law enforcement person in the country to die in the line of duty, Margaret R. Sullivan, a Boston University administrator who researches police fatalities in her free time, told The Republican of Springfield.�

It is noted that The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial recognizes New York City Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith, who was shot May 17, 1792, as the first law enforcement death in the nation's history.

Retired Det. Mike Bosak, a noted police historian, notes that Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith should properly be known as a Westchester County Deputy Sheriff, not New York City, as The Bronx at that time was part of Westchester County.

Mike Bosak is the historian who discovered the account of the murder of Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith by John Ryer at Levi Hunt's Inn in court records archived at the Westchester County Records Center in Elmsford. Deputy Sheriff Isaac Smith was killed in what is now known as the West Farms area of the Bronx.

I would like to add that one of Mike Bosak�s points of agreement with the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC is that the Washington Memorial honors fallen American law enforcement heroes, not constables or soldiers working for a foreign government fighting American Indicans in military actions prior to the origin of the nation.

The earlier constables were British. Those constables worked for the British Government, better known at that time as "States-General of the United Provinces", or as it is known today: "The British Colonies in America". These constables were under the direct command of the British Army and his majesty King George, King Henry or for that matter King Phillip in 1675. While they may have been performing a law enforcement role, they were technically not American law enforcement officers.


If you get the chance, try to visit the New York City Police Museum, located at the old 1st Precinct on Old Slip in downtown Manhattan, for the 4th Annual Antique Police Car Show.

The show, on Saturday, June 5, 2004 from 10am to 4pm, will feature some new cars this year.

In addition to the 1971 and a 1968 Plymouth Fury, there will also be a 1973 Plymouth Fury � the first blue and white car � and a green, black and white 1966 Chevy Biscayne.

In addition to other museum exhibits, the antique police cars are sure to be a fun exhibit for all.


Det. Luke J. Fallon #489, 70 Squad
Det. John J. Finnegan #1613, 70 Squad

On May 18, 1962, Detective Luke Fallon and Detective John Finnegan, partners in the 70 Detective Squad, were shot and killed in a gun battle with bandits caught in the act of robbing a tobacco and confectionary shop in Brooklyn's Boro Park section.

Both men were gunned down in a vicious exchange of shots with the robbers. Five suspects, the two in the store and the driver of the getaway car, plus two accessories, were rounded up within five days. One was picked up in Chicago, another in Connecticut, two in New York and the fifth surrendered to The New York Daily News.

The detectives were on patrol when they learned of the robbery. As they entered the store, both men were met by a hail of fire. They returned the fire as they fell, mortally wounded.

Detective Fallon was 55 years old and had been with the NYPD for 26 years.

Detective Finnegan was 29 years old and was with the department for six years. He had been a Patrolman in the 79 Precinct, and went to the Detective Bureau following an arrest he made for a cab robbery.


Stolen Vehicle Investigations

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is an insurance industry funded investigative agency formed to combat insurance fraud. They are very active in combating vehicle theft and vehicle fraud.


International Association of Auto Theft Investigators

If you want to check out the live camera feed of Times Square, go to:

EarthCam- Times Square


Another somewhat notorious fictional American detective is Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police Department.

The hero of a series of films that ran from 1931 to 1949, Inspector (he started out in the earlier films as a Sergeant) Charlie Chan � meek, simple, humble, overweight, and family-loving with his eleven kids � was never played by a Chinese, Asian or Hawaiian actor! The lead characters were all white males, with the appropriate moustache and chin whiskers � and squint � to help them carry off the role of the Hawaiian-Asian detective.

Known for his jovial character, Chan had a saying for almost every occasion. He often referred to his oldest child as �Number 1 son�, and throughout the series he was a respected and powerful figure that was never questioned about his authority. He seems to have barely enough time to solve cases because he is too busy overseeing his ever increasing brood of children. When the Chan book series started in 1925, he had nine children; when it ended seven years later, he had eleven. Much of the humor of the Chan series comes from this contradiction: How many Great Detectives have to deal with family problems?

As Chan would say, �He who runs with light conscience makes the most speed�.


Did you know that you can type a VIN into GOOGLE and it will link you to information on the year, make and model of the VIN?

Likewise, this same type of search can be performed with several other number sets including UPS/Fed EX tracking numbers, UPC codes, telephone area codes, patent numbers, FAA tail numbers and FCC equipment IDs.

For more details go to and click the What's new at Google? link and then scroll down to search by numbers.

Now, I'll really be impressed when you can type in a SSN and get back info!


May 10, 1922 Ptl Henry Pohndorf, 38 Pct, Shot-robbery arrest
May 10, 1979 PO Robert Soldo, 108 Pct, Shot-0ff duty incident
May 11, 1959 Ptl Harry Hafner, GCP Pct (Hwy3), Motorcycle accident on patrol
May 12, 1925 Ptl Charles Godfrey, 16 Pct, Shot-arrest
May 12, 1932 Sgt Theodore Werdann, 87 Pct, Injured on patrol
May 12, 1944 Ptl Joseph Curtis, Mtd Unit, Line of duty heart attack
May 12, 1951 Ptl Harold Randolph, 75 Pct, Shot-off duty police action
May 13, 1913 Ptl Charles Teare, 12 Pct, Shot-arrest
May 15, 1934 Ptl John Morrissey, Telegraph Bur, Injured assisting an officer
May 16, 1864 Ptl George Duryea, 19 Pct, Arrest-robbery
May 16, 1947 Ptl Frank Golden, 108 Pct, Shot-accidental discharge, burglary arrest
May 17, 1927 Det Morris Borkin, Det Div, Shot-burglary arrest
May 17, 1930 Ptl William Duncan, 18 Pct, Shot-GLA arrest
May 18, 1922 Ptl Douglas Hay, 49 Pct, Assaulted
May 18, 1962 Det Luke Fallon and Det John Finnegan, 70 Sqd, Shot-Robbery

Monday, May 03, 2004


The infamous closing line from that great 1974 classic, starring Jack Nicholson as P.I. Jake Gittes, and Faye Dunaway playing the stunning starlet (�my sister, my daughter��), is just one of the classic movie lines to come from Roman Polanski�s classic noir.

Here are some other memorable quotes from the movie.

�I goddamn near lost my nose. And I like it. I like breathing through it.�

Escobar: Isn't that your phone number?
Jake Gittes: Is it? I forget. I don't call myself that often.

Evelyn Mulwray: I don't get tough with anyone, Mr. Gittes. My lawyer does.

Evelyn Mulwray: Hollis seems to think you're an innocent man.
Jake Gittes: Well, I've been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.

Noah Cross: , most people never have to face the fact that, at the right time and the right place, they're capable of... anything!

Telephone caller: Are you alone?
Jake Gittes: Aren't we all?

Jake Gittes: To tell you the truth, I lied a little.


On March 10, 2003, Detective Rodney Andrews and Detective James Nemorin made the �Ultimate Sacrifice� when they were gunned down helping to take guns off the street.

In honor of their efforts, and to let all know that they are not forgotten, an Annual Softball Tournament was arranged. Over 45 teams came out for the 2nd Annual Event, which was hosted this year on April 24 � 25 at Cunningham Park.

The finals for the 2nd Annual Tournament will be played at Keyspan Park on Saturday, May 8th, at 1pm.

There will be 2 games played, from the two divisions, and between games a special tribute to these Detectives will take place. There will also be a silent auction for sports memorabilia and other collectible items taking place.

An after-game party will take place at Peggy O�Neils, also located at Keyspan Park, that will also include live music and entertainment.

Tickets are available from your DEA Reps, as well as at the Keyspan Box Office, or by calling 646-372-1013.

Hope to see everyone there, for this very worthwhile cause.


Congratulations are in order for two of Brooklyn North�s gumshoes.

Promoted to Detective Second Grade are Tommy Donohue of the 88 Squad and Marko Vulich of the 90 Squad. Two very deserving promotions indeed! We all wish you the best on this happy occasion.

Congratulations to Thomas Reilly of the Brooklyn Robbery Squad on his promotion to Commander Detective Squad!

Also noted in the promotions was Patrick Dolan�s promotion to Second Grade as well. Patrick is assigned to the Cold Case Squad; a very knowledgeable and professional investigator, he was an active part of the 40 Cal Task-Force last year. Well done, Paddy!

It was also nice to see Al Materasso�s name on the promotion list. Chief Materasso, who recently served as Chief of Queens Detectives (Bronx Detectives before that) was given a second star and promoted to Assistant Chief. A real gentleman, and a true professional. Congratulations, Chief.


Tele-Track: Tele-Track is otherwise referred to as the �Fourth Credit Bureau�.

It�s a great source for locating hard to find low income and transient persons. TeleTrack collects information from what are referred to as �Sub-Prime� businesses such as rent-to-own furniture stores, check cashing facilities, used car dealers, secured credit card issuers, cable TV companies and others.

To find out more, check out their site at:



Did you know that the Salvation Army has a Missing Person�s program?

This may be one of the few options for persons who cannot afford the services of a traditional private investigation agency. This is a place to refer proper family members who cannot afford any other service.

The service is only for persons trying to locate missing family members who have not been heard from for six months or longer. The privacy of the missing person who does not wish to be located will be maintained. Searches will not be done for legal, adoption or genealogical purposes or when the missing person is under 18 years of age.

There�s a $25 application fee. If the case is accepted, the investigation is done free of charge. There are four regional bureaus. Locally to New York, the contact is:

Eastern Territory 800-315-7699


Did you happen to catch the fine article in the April 28th edition of the NY TIMES by Shaila Dewan?

The article documented how New York�s COMPSTAT approach to policing has spread across the country, through the numerous retirees who are now leading departments throughout the country.

In addition to the more well known, like Bill Bratton who now heads LAPD and John Timoney who is leading Miami, there are a host of other department leaders.

Former Deputy Chief Jane Perlov, who was the first female to head a borough detective command (Queens), is now the chief in Raleigh, N.C. Jose Cordero, a former inspector, now leads the Newton, Mass. police department. Kevin Clark, an NYPD deputy chief, now heads the Baltimore police department, and is assisted by Anthony Romano, another former NYPD.

In Sarasota, Florida, Peter Abbott is the chief of police, and Daniel Oates leads the department in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It was fine reporting on how the Compstat process is being broadened throughout the nation. What we now take for granted is often a radical change in other places. Chief Cordero is quoted as saying �It�s common-sense police management�, and it seems to be working.

An interesting note in the article was a reference made by Kevin Clark, the current Baltimore commissioner, who was a deputy chief in the Narcotics Bureau at NYPD before he retired.

�The former New Yorkers are true believers, despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that they have suffered through the ordeal of accountability themselves. Very few rose high enough in the New York ranks that they no longer had to answer questions with maps projected behind them (at the podium!). Commissioner Clark noted �It was the best job in the world (deputy chief in Narcotics), he said without irony. I was finally freed of Compstat�.

It was also noted that �several chiefs said they had tones down the confrontational aspect, shifting the emphasis to sharing information. Peter Abbott calls his version a �kinder, gentler Compstat�, while Chief Oates calls his �Compstat Ultralite�.


The highest ranking Member of the Service to be killed in the line of duty is Inspector Thomas Boylan.

Inspector Boylan was killed on April 5, 1952, while on patrol when an airplane struck his auto.

Inspector Thomas V. Boylan was a 30 year veteran of the Police Department. He had an outstanding reputation for establishing good working relationships between the Police Department and the community. As the new Commanding Officer of the 22nd Division, housed in the 103rd Precinct, he often would be found on patrol getting to know the community better.

Such was the case on April 5th, 1952. At approximately 8:25a.m. he and his driver, Patrolman William O�Shea, were in a RMP patrol. Without warning a C-46 cargo plane, having missed the runway at Idelwild Airport (JFK), suddenly plunged into a row of houses on 169th Street and 88th Avenue, directly in front of them. Debris from the plane struck the RMP killing Inspector Boylan instantly. Patrolman O�Shea survived.

In February 1954, a Police Athletic League (PAL) youth center was named in Inspector Boylan's honor.


May 3, 1913 Ptl William Heaney, 12 Pct, Shot-arrest
May 3, 1921 Ptl John Conk, 97 Pct, Struck by horse
May 3, 1931 Ptl Bernard Sherry, 15 Pct, Shot-burglary in progress
May 3, 1964 Det Joseph Greene, DetDiv, Auto accident on patrol
May 4, 1863 Ptl Francis Mallon, 4 Pct, Shot by EDP
May 4, 1914 Ptl Michael Kiley, 156 Pct, Shot-arrest
May 4, 1931 Ptl John Hoey, 40 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
May 4, 1938 Ptl Thomas Hackett, 4 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
May 4, 1968 Ptl Gerard Apuzzi, 107 Pct, Asphyxiated-rescue
May 4, 1981 Lt Jan Brinkers, PSA8, Shot-off duty robbery arrest
May 5, 1934 Ptl Arthur Rasmussen, 3 Pct, Shot-robbery in progress
May 5, 1971 Det Ivan Lorenzo, Narcotics, Shot-off duty incident
May 6, 1934 Ptl Lawrence Ward, 23 Pct, Shot-investigation
May 6, 1964 Ptl Stanley Schall, 70 Pct, Line of duty heart attack
May 7, 1931 Ptl John Ringhauser, 102 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
May 9, 1939 Ptl William Holstein, Mcy2, Motorcycle accident on patrol