Wednesday, February 23, 2005

�In homicide, you never solve anything alone.�


I can�t imagine this ever being said in today�s day and age.

In the December 1965 edition of SPRING 3100, the feature story had to do with the change in the city�s administration. Mayor Robert Wagner Jr. had completed his third term as mayor, and was being succeeded by John V. Lindsay.

In the twelve years that Wagner served as Mayor it was noted that the salary of Patrolman rose from $4780 on January 1, 1954 to $8840 at the current 1965 rate. Advancements were made in many areas, including overtime pay and residency extensions to outer counties.

�Mayor Wagner abided by his promise to permit no political intrusion into the operation of the Police Department�, stated former Commissioner Michael Murphy. Commissioner Murphy further stated that he had �only two phone calls from the Mayor� during the entire time he was in charge of the department.


Det. Albert Maxwell of the 23 Squad was recognized by the city�s two major newspapers, as their �Hero of the Month�, in October 1965.

Both the Daily News and the Journal-American recognized Maxwell for his off-duty capture of a bandit following an exchange of gunfire near a Queens liquor store. The bandit was wounded in the battle.

It was on Columbus Day 1965 that Det. Maxwell was taking his two chi8ldren for a drive when he saw a man running along a South Jamaica street. Stopping the car, he learned from the man that a nearby liquor store was being held up. As Maxwell approached the shop a man ran out with a gun in his hand. The detective ordered him to halt after identifying himself but the man spun around and fired two shots at the officer. They missed. Maxwell fired back hitting the gunman in the chest and in the ensuing struggle received cuts about his eye that required several stitches.


Some of the MOS who received cash awards for suggestions during the year 1965 are noted below. Some of them make you wonder, don�t they?

Here�s one having to do with those DD forms. Ptl. James Reilly of the 7 Div received $25 for proposing that the DD 52F, the Known Gambler Card, be revised to allow space for a photograph to be placed.

Another Detective form was addressed with the $20 that Lt. James Dicks received for proposing that the form 64B, the recap of detective arrest activity, be resized so that it would fit into a typewriter (!). (How big was it before?)

Lt. Armando Garcia received $25 for proposing that city agencies should give advance notice to members when they need them at court or other proceedings. (As opposed to� surprise court appearances?)

A $20 award went to Ptl Thomas Landers for proposing that TA subway maps be placed in the station house sitting rooms.

Captain Rudolph Blaum received $10 for proposing that signs be printed for the station house reminding MOS that it is desirable to be courteous under all conditions.


The 74 Precinct moved into a new stationhouse on August 5 of 1965. That building it was is today known as �The Park House�, at Prospect Park, and utilized by BSTF.

The 74 Precinct covered the area of Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, half of the Park Circle, and also included the area of the Parade Grounds, Botanic Gardens and Guider Park. It was noted that while some four million persons visit Prospect Park annually, only two live there � the caretakers of the Lefferts Mansion, built in 1777 and moved to the park in 1918, when the precinct was then numbered the 77 Precinct.


Did you know that the State Inmate Release photos are available in the Photo Unit?

The Photo Unit receives inmate release photos from State Corrections. The Photo Unit makes an original negative, which is obtainable and stored under the inmates NYSID #. In addition, one copy of the release photo is sent to the Detective Borough of inmate residence, and one copy is sent to the Detective Squad of the releasee�s residence.


Thanks to the excellent site for compiling a great history of the NYPD in television and the movies.

Here are some old favorites.


Ran from 1957-58. This show starred Beverly Garland as an undercover policewoman.Notable in that it was oneof the first NYPD shows and the main character was a female.

Remember that this was at a time when most Policewomen acted as matrons, or worked in the Juvenile Aid Bureau.


This show ran from 1959-60. It starred Edward Binns and James Broderick as father and son detectives whose assignments often crossed.

A good show but unfortunately short lived.


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This online resource provides information on the topics of identity theft and includes links to publications, statistics, legislation, funding, and training resources. (NCJRS)

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The most recent edition of ESQUIRE magazine includes a rather large section concerning laws of fashion � things to keep in mind as a sharp dressing detective. Although it wasn�t put together by Conde Nast�s GQ, I�m sure there are certain key points that many can relate to.

Well, realistically, I�m sure some of our sharper dressing gumshoes can relate to, but maybe others � leaving some names out like Larry Eggers, wouldn�t know if they were hit on the head.

Sharp dressing detectives has always been a stickler to The Minister � A Detective should dress like a Detective! I could never understand detective�s dressing like they were back in anti-crime. Look the part, act the part, and earn the respect afforded the part. Or, as has been put by other fashion experts � �Dress for the job that you want, not the job that you have�. In any event, while unwritten as such in Esquire, the meaning is simple � Detective�s should dress sharp.

Some of the 50 Laws of Fashion that Esquire quoted I had to take particular note of � some for the affirmation of their intention, and some for their foolishness to the otherwise sharp dressing sleuth.

For example, one of their first laws is that it is �Better to be overdressed than underdressed�. For the boardroom, the corporate water cooler, and � if I may add - the squad room as well, certainly a good rule to follow. Don�t believe me? Walk into an interview room dressed in t-shirt and jeans, like every other anti-crime cop, and start an interview / debriefing. Then try the same interview dressed in a suit; if you don�t think it has an initial influence on your subject, you�re wrong. If you don�t believe me, just ask around, and check with some of the other experts. (As an unnamed source once put it, the ideal interviewer dresses like a fed, and interviews like an NYPD detective!)

ESQUIRE recommends that you leave the pockets of your suit jacket sealed, just the way they came. �Opening them for cell phones and keys is the quickest way for them to lose its shape�. This is coupled with another law that says �Nothing says jackass quite as well as a cell phone on a belt clip�. Here is where I have to take exception with these experts.

They certainly do not have the detective in mind, not in today�s day and age. My question is, if the pockets are to remain sealed, and nothing else goes on your belt � where do you put ALL of that extra STUFF you carry? Cell phone, beeper, cuffs, extra magazine, handgun: all items that you regularly load onto your belt. Unless you are supposed to be carrying a �man bag�, a European men�s carry-bag, or can be fortunate enough to travel with your own personal valet, there�s just no way around it � you need the pockets, and some of the belt.

The fashion police do not address the issue of lapel pins worn on suit jackets; in the world of fashion, there is no such thing. If I may try to add my recommendation, lapel pins should be limited to no more than 1 at a time. Pins denoting merit over membership should take precedence; subtlety is a key. The same for tie pins. It�s noted here that ESQUIRE didn�t address the issue of tie pins or tie tac�s, yet the newest issue of GQ does. According to GQ, tie clips are ok, as long as they are �simple� and don�t have those alligator-tooth sides that chew up your tie�s material. And tie clips, when worn, should be worn below the level of where your suit jacket is buttoned (rule of thumb � if your jacket is buttoned, you don�t see the tie tac. Subtlety, again, should be the rule here as well.

And just how long should that tie be? �Your tie tip should just reach your waistband�. A pretty simple rule to follow, for most people. Just how Larry Eggers is supposed to figure out where his waistband is at any given time is another question; his waistband moves like the changing tide. Actually, none of these rules apply to Larry. He�s a fashion enigma unto himself.

Maybe some of our former super-sleuths working for fashion publications can make a suggestion, for a fashion spread on the well-dressed detective � how to dress fashionable, and practical. Maybe Mr. Cantwell can mention it to Si Newhouse next time they pass in the elevator!

�It is not how they died that makes them a hero, but how they lived their lives�.

February 21, 1920 Ptl Henry Immen, 53 Pct, Shot-burglary in progress
February 21, 1982 PO george Werdann, 47 Pct, Robbery, off duty
February 22, 1925 Ptl Maurice Harlow, 13 Pct, Shot by prisoner
February 23, 1930 Ptl Joseph Keenan, PA, Shot-accidental discharge
February 24, 1930 Ptl George Coughlin, Mcy Dist, Auto accident on patrol
February 24, 1968 Ptl John Augulis, 83 Pct, LOD heart attack
February 24, 1980 PO Seraphin Calabrese, TPD-1, Shot-arrest
February 25, 1938 Ptl Henry Masterdon, 11 Pct, Injured on patrol
February 26, 1988 PO Edward Byrne, 103 Pct, Shot-assassination guarding witness
February 28, 1928 Ptl John Hubbard, Traffic A, Auto accident on patrol
February 28, 1952 Sgt Paul Brooks, GCP Pct, Motorcycle accident
February 28, 1970 Ptl Michael Melchionna, TPD1, Shot-investigation
February 29, 1980 Ptl Irving Smith, TPD-PA, Shot-off duty robbery
March 1, 1945 PO Albert Black, Traffic F, Fire rescue
March 1, 1970 PO Joseph Mariconda, Aviation and
PO Patrick Harrington, Aviation
Helicopter Accident

Monday, February 14, 2005


A detective must possess patience and perseverance.

To succeed he must not be easily discouraged. His duty is to detect. Detection is something more than a mere conclusion or expression of opinion.

Do not jump at conclusions from the information submitted at the time the complaint is received � investigate at once. Take nothing for granted � investigate and be convinced.

A good detective is always more or less suspicious and very inquisitive.

(Taken from the 1940 NYPD Manual of Procedure)


Driving in to work one morning, the radio news was reporting a naked female washed up, DOA, on the shore of Hoboken, NJ. They reported it was under �suspicious circumstances�.

My first thought was, what would be the �un-suspicious� circumstances that a naked female would wash up on the shore DOA?

My next thought, jaded by some would say too much time in Brooklyn North, was that somehow I was sure this would come back to East New York. I wasn�t sure just how, but I wouldn�t at all be surprised.


Did we really need the NHL to announce, on February 11, that the hockey season was very close to being officially cancelled?

Did anyone think they�d still be able to get a good 10-game season in before everyone made the playoffs, or what? I just think that by February it�s pretty obvious; if you haven�t played a game yet, there�s no season. But then again, what do I know?

I can�t help thinking that for some New York fans � whether they are Rangers or Islanders � it at least prevents their team from having a LOSING season. I�m a cynical Rangers fan, as you can tell.

I�ve been rooting for the Rangers since they played hockey without any helmets, and the entire league consisted of six teams. A league composed of 99% Canadian players, in four American cities and two Canadian cities. At a time when not only did they not wear helmets, but the goalies didn�t wear any masks!

Think about that for a moment. What type of person do you suppose volunteered for that position? �We�re going to shoot these hard rubber objects at you at up to 90 miles and hour, and we want you to stand there and block it with your body; and you don�t need any stinkin� masks, either�. I think that had a lot to do with the number of hockey teams in the league. Just follow me for a second.

If you�ve ever gotten together to play hockey, whether it be roller or the real kind, on ice, you probably have noticed that a goalie is a treasured position. In fact, if you�re a goalie, you can probably show up at any ice rink, with your equipment, and find yourself playing any number of games you�d like � everyone always needs a goalie.

Imagine doing this without any mask. You get to wear really big pads on your legs, but your head is left wide open. Probably not too many people volunteering for that job, I would imagine. That�s probably why you had only six NHL teams � not too easy getting anyone to play goal, even in Canada, right? By the way, it was only as I grew older that I realized that those big leg pads had nothing to do with protecting your legs � it was made to keep that puck out of the goal! Using that rationale, I�m surprised they never thought of a large object to wear on your head, like a Green Bay Packers-type �cheesehead� � make it harder to get that puck in the goal � nothing to do with protecting the head, of course.


The latest issue of ESQUIRE contains pages of �fashion tips� that will be recounted on this site on the next posting. Surely some of our gumshoes could use a little fashion advice.

I�m not talking about some retirees like Johnny Belfort or John Muller � they knew how to dress. And probably of no use to some others, with names like Larry Eggers and Nick Dimonda coming to mind. In fact, it�s been heard that after taking one look at what they had to work with in Larry Eggers, the crew of �Queer Eye for the Straight Guy� all decided to date women!

One tip from ESQUIRE that I seem to recall, especially so this past week, was one of their �Esquire Rules for the Fashionable Man�.

ESQUIRE noted at one time that �Every man should know how to iron a shirt�.

I bet there�s at least one male MOS who wishes he had taken that advice.


Some actual quotes as heard from the Brooklyn North squad room.

�That�s putting the horse before the cart�

�If you don�t like the smell of Ben-Gay, try using the senseless kind�

�I got a mind brain headache (migraine headache)�

�He�s like a bull in a china closet�

�Behind every cloud is a silver platter�

�Go through everything with a fine toothbrush�

�Too many fires on the iron�

�It�s the best truth I could come up with�

Det to perp: �There�s an allegation against you��
Perp: �Officer, then I gotta talk to the alligator!�

�I can�t come into work. I have striped throat�.


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A 10-13 Benefit is being held on Thursday, February 24, starting at 7 PM, to benefit the families of Det. ROBERT PARKER and DET. PATRICK RAFFERTY, of the 67 Squad, who were both killed in the line of duty this past year.

The event will take place at The El Caribe Caterers, 5945 Strickland Ave, Brooklyn.

Hosted by The Highlanders M/C, the Open Bar, Full Hot and Cold Buffet, and music by STE Entertainment will go for $60. pp.

You can contact the 67 Squad or Brooklyn South Homicide for tickets or more info.

�It is not how they died that makes them a hero, but how they lived their lives�.

February 11, 1966 Ptl Stanley Butch, Harbor, Fell from boat
February 11, 1982 PO James Carragher, PSA1, Shot: Off duty robbery
February 12, 1930 Ptl George Miller, 22 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
February 12, 1936 Ptl James Young, Mounted, Shot-robbery
February 12, 1940 Ptl John Holt, 28 Pct, Off-duty burglary
February 12, 1980 PO Robert Bilodeau, SCU, Shot-investigation
February 13, 1918 Ptl Samuel Rosenfeld, 102 Pct, Shot-Robbery in progress
February 14, 1921 Ptl John Sheridan, 70 Pct, Line of duty incident
February 14, 1925 Det Chester Hagan, DetDiv, Shot-investigation
February 14, 1963 Ptl Vincent Zichetella, 14 Pct, Shot-robbery
February 14, 1984 PO Thomas Ruotolo, 41 Pct, Shot-Robbery
February 14, 1999 PO Matthew Dziergowski, 123 Pct, Auto accident
February 15, 1917 Ptl Samuel Cunningham, 42 Pct, Shot-GLA Arrest
February 15, 1932 Ptl James Goodwin, 34 Pct, Shot-off duty robbery
February 15, 1971 Det Joseph Piciano, 41 Sq, Shot by prisoner
February 16, 1918 Det John Quinn, DetDiv, Physical assault during arrest
February 16, 1923 Det John Donohue, DetDiv, Shot by EDP
February 16, 1923 Ptl Joseph Reilly, 21 Pct, Shot by perp
February 16, 1941 Ptl Leon Fox, 60 Pct, Shot-Robbery in progress
February 17, 1921 Det Joseph Bridgetts, DetDiv, Shot-GLA Arrest
February 17, 1996 PO Charles Oddo, Hwy2, Struck by auto
February 19, 1931 Det Christopher Scheuing, 13Sq, Shot-burglary in progress
February 19, 1968 Ptl Anthony Graffia, 106 Pct, Shot-robbery
February 19, 1971 PO Horace Lord, MN PEP Sqd, Shot-arrest investigation
February 20, 1921 Ptl George Smith, 96 Pct, LOD Accident
February 20, 1971 Det Erle Thompson, 114 Pct, Shot-off duty domestic dispute


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Monday, February 07, 2005

�� the less I say, the more my work gets done.�
From PHILADELPHI FREEDOM, by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Don�t you sometimes wish more people followed this advise?


There are four broad categories of criminal evidence, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

Circumstantial evidence involves such things as the suspect's opportunity to commit a crime (alibi), his access to commit a crime (special means or knowledge) and motive (financial or psychological). Even if a particular suspect has opportunity, access and motive to commit a crime, in all likelihood, so too do other suspects. Consequently, circumstantial evidence is the weakest proof of a suspect's guilt.

Testimonial evidence involves human inferences or interpretation. For example, an eye witness who relies on memory to pick out a suspect from a line-up is offering testimonial evidence. Other examples include behavior symptom analysis, polygraph, handwriting analysis, medical and psychiatric opinions and information provided by an informant. While testimonial evidence tends to directly link the suspect to a crime, its accuracy can range from chance levels to within the 90thpercentile.

Forensic evidence describes scientific testing that matches an unknown sample to its source. Examples of forensic evidence include fingerprints, tool marks, DNA, hair and fiber analysis, toxicology reports as well as ballistics. While forensic evidence is extremely accurate, it rarely proves a suspect's guilt. Rather, the evidence may indicate that the suspect was at the crime scene, had sex with the victim or that a bullet was fired from a gun owned by the suspect.

Direct evidence describes evidence that directly links the suspect to a crime. An example is finding property stolen during a burglary in the back seat of the suspect's car that was pulled over two blocks from the home that was burglarized. Other examples include a surveillance video clearly showing the suspect robbing a clerk or an employee caught smoking marijuana in the company washroom.

Direct evidence represents the strongest proof of a suspect's guilt, but rarely exists.


Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup.

When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot!" the man shouted, "that's not what I said!"


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Thanks for the contribution of Det1 (Ret) John Reilly, who passes on some thoughts on his early days in a radio car.

After about 2 years on foot posts he recalls getting assigned to an RMP car in 1957. The cars were two doors, and where the back seat would be there were two large steel boxes that contained the radio�s transmitter & receiver. The operator (driver) drove for the full 8 hours, and in 1957 they still had manual shift cars.

Sectors in a precinct were numbered, 1, 2, and so on. All cars were called by their car number; he recalls his first car was 301, a later one was 453. If a car was covering more than one sector then at the start of the tour you called Central and told them that 301 would be covering sectors 1, 2, and 3 etc.

If there was a job, the call would be broadcast for �301K�; followed by the recorder�s reply �301 to Central�. A few years later the radio boxes were moved to the trunk of the RMP.

Some of the old timers had told him that it was not until the late 1940s or early 1950s that all RMPs had two way radios. For a good many years the cars also carried in a locked box a .30-30 lever action rifle, however so many were stolen out of the RMPs that by the 1950s they were all removed from the cars.


Did you happen to catch the article on Retired Det1 John Reilly in the latest edition of SPRING 3100?

Appearing in the �Actively Retired� section, it included a great photo of John, his wife and grandchild.

Thanks again, John, for all your contributions to keeping the history of this department alive!


The following tip was sent by Dan Mackey, a Retired Detective who currently works for Homeland Security, and is quite interesting.

Ever lock your keys in the car?

Well, according to Dan, who states this has been verified, there is a way to enter the car with a spare remote control you may have left back in your house or some other location.
This will only work if your car has remote controlled locks. You also need a CELL PHONE handy at your car.

If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys (remote) are home, call someone at home on your cell phone.

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button on the remote, holding it near the phone on their end.

Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and as long as you reach someone who has the other "remote" for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk!) According to Dan this works fine; it was tested and proven.

�It is not how they died that makes them a hero, but how they lived their lives�.

January 31, 1901 Ptl Thomas Fitzpatrick, 29 Pct, Explosion-rescue
January 31, 1901 Ptl Edward Mullin, 29 Pct, Explosion-rescue
January 31, 1927 Ptl James Masterson, 18 Div, Shot-robbery in progress
January 31, 1928 Ptl Patrick Fahey, Traffic C, Fall from horse
January 31, 1928 Ptl William Kelly, 37 Pct, Shot-robbery in progress
January 31, 1931 Ptl Harold Conway, 27 Pct, Drowned
January 31, 1959 Ptl Michael Talkowsky, 23 Pct, Shot-robbery
January 31, 1968 Ptl Stephen DellAquila, Safety B, Scooter accident on patrol
January 31, 1984 PO Angelo Brown, 84 Pct, Shot-robbery, off duty
January 31, 1992 PO Hilario Serrano, 43 Pct, Shot-robbery, off duty
February 1, 1935 Sgt George Nadler, ESU, Explosion-investigation
February 2, 1975 PO Frank Bugdin, Midtown North, Shot-investigation
February 4, 1933 Sgt Eugene Monahan, 34 Pct, Shot: Robbery pursuit

It is noted that the ten line of duty deaths recorded on January 31 represent the date with the most line of duty deaths for members of this department other than the loss we suffered on 9-11-01.

Editor�s Note: Regular readers to this site will note the listing of MOS killed in the line of duty is out of sequence from the previous posting. This was my error, and for the sake of properly memorializing these officers, I am posting their names at this time.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


It has been noted many times that the police force of nineteenth-century New york consisted of many who could best be described as either goons or grifter�s, some of whom saw their chief activity as consisting of extorting protection money from local merchants.
Naturally, some precincts offered more �gravy� than others, and every crooked cop's ambition was to get assigned to a precinct with lots of lucrative crime. There was no more notable precinct for this than what was then the 29th Precinct � consisting of such areas as the fashionable red-light district on the West Side below 42nd St., where the flesh-peddlers were protected by cops who in turn were protected by powerful Tammany Hall.

In 1876, when Capt. Clubber Williams was transferred there, he famously announced: "I've had nothing but chuck steak for a long time, and now I'm going to get a little of the tenderloin." And "the Tenderloin" is what that part of town soon became known as.

One man who disapproved was Dr. Charles Henry Parkhurst, pastor of Madison Square Presbyterian Church.

In 1895, a newly appointed police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt started cleaning up the corruption, and The Metropolitan Police Force was on its way to becoming New York's Finest.

(The N.Y. State Metropolitan Police ceased policing NYC in 1870 and were disbanded in 1871; the NYPD became the NYPD on April 5, 1870)

Captain �Clubber� Williams is certainly one of the more colorful characters in this department�s history.

Born Alexander Clubber Williams, he was a sailor before joining the NYPD, and he kept that love for the sea. After being promoted to captain, Williams, as an avid and active yachtsman, equipped one of the NYPD harbor launches luxuriously with all the lavish amenities possible at the time for entertaining the ladies and for his own personal use.

As the C.O. of the NYPD Sanitation Bureau (that�s right!), he led the heavily armed, machine gun loaded harbor launches as they escorted NYPD garbage barges in stealthy convoys in the dark of the night to illegally dump NYC garbage off of Bay Ridge. This led to many armed face to face confrontations between the NYPD Harbor launches and Brooklyn PD harbor launches.

In addition to commanding the Sanitation Bureau, Clubber Williams was also the first commanding officer of the NYPD Mounted Unit, which was established July 10, 1871 at 40th Street and Broadway.

Bestowing the nickname on him was no easy task; his legendary use of force is reported to have resulted in that he was either arrested or went to the trial room for assault and excessive use of force 397 times. (And he was promoted to Captain!)

After Williams was forced to retire by Theodore Roosevelt, he bought a boat yard in the old town of Astoria and became one of the largest owner- builders of luxury yachts on the east coast. He was also one of the wealthiest retired members of the department


A recent visit to the Big Easy was not without a buff-out period with some of New Orleans� gumshoes.

A discussion regarding crime in their city soon focused on the level of violence, which remains rather high, and then to crime within a certain housing project. (In New Orleans they still have �projects�; they had no idea what a �development� was).

The Lincoln Projects, found nestled between the business district and the posh Garden District, was a project of considerable crime and havoc. Drug dealing was rampant, accompanied by the violence that goes hand in hand with the drug trade. Shots fired at police, by police, and a resident list that looked like the roster of Angola prison. Think Cypress Houses combined with the crime and population of the Pink Houses, and you have an idea.

How did they address crime in this project, driving the crime rate down to the lowest it ever saw? Perhaps you are thinking a long-term federal RICO case � wrong. A state organized crime enterprise take-down? Wrong again. Resident undercovers, perhaps? No. Not even technical gadgetry like CCTV or audio monitors were utilized.What they did was more novel than any approach you will ever see in New York.

They leveled the projects, knocking them down to the grounds, razed the property, and sold it to Wal-Mart, who built a �Super Wal-Mart� with a very, very large parking lot!What did you do with the people who were living here, you may ask? �Well, they had to move� was the reply I got.

Apparently many moved outside the city limits, much to the chagrin of the surrounding parishes (counties), but of apparent little concern to the city leadership.Probably had no problem knocking down their COMPSTAT numbers for the first year reporting.


Corroborating evidence: Supplementary evidence that tends to strengthen or confirm the initial evidence.

You have one good witness who makes an identification. Corroborating evidence can mean the difference between the case being ready to arrest or not. Are there any supplemental or confirming evidence to help? Perhaps you have a witness who cannot make an ID of the perp, but who can provide details of the crime that serve to confirm those given by your eyewitness.

A good example of this can be a witness who hears a shot, sees a tall male in a red jacket running through the courtyard and get into a white car, and flee the scene. Combined with an eyewitness, who identifies a tall male in a red jacket as the shooter, who runs in the directionthat the second witness indicates, your corroboration should be strong enough to support an arrest and prosecution.

Corroborating evidence can mean the difference between a 1-witness case that won't be written up by the DA, and a case that is viable and prosecutable - and arrestable in the DA's eyes.

DON't discount witnesses who can corroborate the incident even if they cannot provide an identificatiion; they may prove to be very valuable when the entire case is reviewed.


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I recently reported that the famed Brooklyn pizzeria, DiFara�s, was opening a branch in lower Manhattan.The Manhattan location, on Houston Street & MacDougal (just off 6th Avenue) is being run by the daughter and son of the original�s owner.

It�s named Demarco�s, dropping the use of the Brooklyn�s name for some unspecified super-secret pizza reason. Anyway.

Finding my way into Manhattan one afternoon I chose to drop in and make a personal inspection, mostly so that I could �scoop� MISTER John Cantwell who, now that he�s retired, was sure to be checking out the goods in all his �spare� time. I have to admit, I was pretty disappointed � and I never even got to taste the product!

First of all, the NYC location is NOT a copy of the Brooklyn landmark; first of all, there�s no large pizza oven when you walk in the door. In fact, there�s no pizza oven visible at all! There�s a bar (you know, for drinking) and a room full of tables in what looks like a nice Italian restaurant setting � NOT the DiFara�s pizza setting by any means.

Walking in to what I was expecting to be a �pizza-place� really took me by surprise; when asked �how many� to be seated, I could only think to say �I was just looking for some pizza?� Sure � have a seat, as I was handed � a menu?

While the motto at the Brooklyn DiFara�s is more along the line of �If you want a clean table, go ahead � don�t let us stop you from wiping it down�, the Manhattan spot is along the �Italian bistro� setting � very un-detective like. (Well, let me correct that � very un-Brooklyn detective like perhaps).

I�m not saying the pizza isn�t good � I just don�t know yet!

After seating me in a corner table, around the corner from the bar, I was left to peruse the menu for � ten minutes perhaps? There was one other table of people, and those four had apparently already eaten. I didn�t smell any food, and after ten minutes it looked like I wasn�t going to see any, either.

Now, I�m a busy Minister of Investigation. I don�t have lazy afternoons to sit around and wait for a waitress to come and take my order for � 2 slices of pizza?? I couldn�t wait any longer, I had to leave.

I�m pretty sure they make pizza there, because I read it in TIME OUT NY magazine. I just can�t be absolutely certain yet, even upon a personal visit. The room looks nice, like it would make for an �enjoyable dining experience�; I just wanted a slice of pizza, and left hungry.

For all I know �Mr. GQ� John Cantwell has already �scooped� me, and tasted the product. As for me, I�ll have to try another day. I just don�t get the same feel of the atmosphere from DiFara�s in Brooklyn, where the owner puts the pies in, and takes them out of the oven, with his bare hands � who needs those silly wooden pallets anyway?

DeMarco�s may be related, but it�s more like a distant cousin � or one of those �fake uncles� you have in the family.


A recent posting to this site on the �Fighting Ninth� Precinct, and the station house�s neighbor Cal�s, has prompted some e-mail to The Minister.

Det1 (Ret) John Reilly has some memories of that local joint. It was right next to the 9th Pct. stationhouse, and if you happened to find yourself in the bar very late at night, maybe at 1 am or 2 am Cal, the owner, was known to have announced "O.K,. I'm going home, last one out lock the door and leave the keys at the desk."

Sometime around 1968 Reilly recalls arresting a motor-cycle gang leader at 3rd Street and 2nd Avenue, in possession of a Tomahawk pipe with marijuana in the pipe bowl and a small homemade bomb in his coat pocket. A few weeks later he walked into Cal's and saw the same hoodlum sitting at a table. After giving him a toss, he was given the bum's rush out onto the street with a warning never to come back. Some time later the same punk was seen again in the NYS Supreme Court where he was being arraigned on a charge of murder, for killing and setting on fire a rival gang member.

Apparently not all the people who wanted to hang out in Cal's were "good guys."


February 1, 1935 Sgt George Nadler, ESU, Explosion-investigation
February 2, 1975 PO Frank Bugdin, Midtown North, Shot-investigation
February 4, 1933 Sgt Eugene Monahan, 34 Pct, Shot: Robbery pursuit
February 6, 1914 Ptl Edward Murtha, 147 Pct, Shot-Robbery investigation
February 6, 1944 Ptl Eugene Mahoney, 5 Det Sq, Auto accident on patrol
February 9, 1963 Det Richard Arundell, DetDiv, LOD Heart attack
February 10, 1926 Ptl Frank White, 35 Pct, Shot-Burglary in progress