REAL DETECTIVEHenry Flattery
In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. Equally offensive is the press.
As a Irishman in a new country in a new century, Detective Henry Flattery knew how to apply himself. The rest is in the funny papers.
For months before her execution in 1928, the Daily News and other New York tabloids told lurid stories of how Ruth Snyder, a New York housewife, and her lover, corset salesman Judd Gray, beat Snyder’s husband and strangled him with a picture-frame wire.
New York TimesJune 17, 1935 - BOYS STEAL PISTOL IN POLICE STATION, ROB AND KILL MAN