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.”
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
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...read more
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,...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
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...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
Even The Police Give Praise for Jewel Thieves’ Techniqueread more
Stabbed 15 times in the chest and back, a man’s body in Jamaica Bay, N.Y., offered police a baffling mystery. But a tiny slip of paper led them at last to the killer shown here in custody.read more
3 Force Way Into Flat and Ransack It After Demanding Husband’s ‘Papers’ to get very little.read more