Delusion can be overcome by holding steadfastly to one philosophy: everything here is nothing more than God’s motion picture.
– Paramahansa Yogananda
I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.
– Charles Foster Kane
Th’ newspaper does ivrything f’r us. It runs th’ polis foorce an’ th’ banks, commands th’ milishy, controls th’ ligislachure, baptizes th’ young, marries th’ foolish, comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable, buries th’ dead an’ roasts thim aftherward.”
Poverty, organized crime and urban violence drove the plots of many Hollywood films. Unfortunately, the movies are a far cry from the sordid reality behind the gunmen, killers, arsonists and other idiots on Flattery’s watch.
The crimes committed and foiled provided plenty of fodder for crime writers. Flattery’s footwork influenced generations of crime, legal and political authors, from Damon Runyon to Richard Condon.
The faithful ladies of the underworld will do almost anything for their gangster husbands and sweethearts — sometimes even help them get caught.read more
This Captain Flattery story includes a ruthless hit-and-run, the cupcake murderer and the notorious Ruth Snyder/Judd Gray “double indemnity” murder.read more
From the pages of Front Page Detective – I never found honor among thieves. The only thing that kept them from talking was a strip of fear a mile wide. One of the first mottos I learned was: “To catch a thief, ask another.”read more
Every February, Detectives from the Queens District Attorney’s Abandonment Squad, takes a trip to sunny Florida to end the “vacations” of men who have abandoned their wives and children in the borough of Queens.read more
Dr. Thomas Draper, the family physician, called Henry Flattery immediately after the accident was discovered. 6 decades later, Dr. Draper's son, also Dr. Thomas Draper, became friends with Henry Flattery's granddaughter in Newtown, Connecticut. Read more about one of...read more
July 4, 1943 Dear Captain Flattery: Here are the stories I thought your folks would be interested in reading because you are featured in each story. I find that I've featured you in 15 stories, but I can find copies of the published versions or copies of the...read more
Until a few days before, Officer O’Brien had been a detective detailed to the Manhattan pickpocket squad. The city’s fashion-plate Police Commissioner had broken him and sent him back to pounding the streets. As a result O’Brien was unaccustomed to a harness-bull’s apparel and still was struggling to get out his revolver when the rush of the bandits swept him off his feet.read more
From Harlem to Queens the mob had plundered–now murder was added to their crimes. By David WrayMob slaying The Wake of the Dawn PatrolAt Jamaica Avenue and Merrick Rd. a motorman saw a waiting taxi, its motor racing. Just around the corner was Mahairas' restaurant....read more
There was no direct evidence, but the detectives knew how to make the guilty conscience of a murderer work for justice.read more
Three men in a late model sedan are believed to be responsible for cutting six cables on telephone poles in Queens. Several of the sabotaged cables are in the vicinity of war plants.read more