The Media

I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.

– Charles Foster Kane

We must stop taking life so seriously. Delusion can be overcome by holding steadfastly to one philosophy: everything here is nothing more than God’s motion picture.
– Paramahansa Yogananda


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.”


Pulp magazines got their moniker from the wood-pulp paper they were printed on. The paper yellows quickly and becomes very brittle, but the stories they hold are indelible.


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.

Dumbbells I Have Known

Few killers have high IQs, true. But wait till you read about these dumbbells.November 1955 Dumbbells I Have KnownI have spent most of my life chasing murderers. During my 37 years as a police officer, I’ve been on the trail of some 200 of them…and have caught up with...

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Look for a Blabbermouth

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. When you're a detective and the former assistant district attorney wants to see you,...

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Wake of the Dawn Patrol

Wake of the Dawn Patrol True Detective February, 1943 By David Wray   At Jamaica Avenue and Merrick Rd. a motorman saw a waiting taxi, its motor racing. Just around the corner was Mahairas' restaurant. Detectives James Sabatino, now Lieutenant, and Theodore...

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