President Carter called on Congress to amend the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College, substituting simple majority of the popular vote to elect the President. In an election reform message to Capitol Hill, he also proposed a massive relaxation of state laws restricting voter registration. –Brought to you by Lights Out Summer, set in 1977, […]
In its 120th year, the pickpocket and confidence squad, the oldest detective unit in the NYPD, was struggling because of staff shortages and rising crime. The number of detectives had been cut to nine from 19, while complaints involving pickpockets and confidence games jumped 5,000, topping 19,000 in 1976. The bunco squad estimated picked pockets […]
Agatha Christie is golden age, but is she cozy or bloody–hard boiled even? Okay, maybe not hard boiled, but according to a WSJ front page article, Christie staged “some of the world’s grimmest homicides” on paper that were then made bloodless for the screen. New TV productions commissioned by her estate bring back bloody Agatha. […]
NYC Police Commissioner Michael Codd held a formal press conference at 1 Police Plaza to announce a .44-caliber handgun, a Charter Arms Bulldog revolver, had been used in the murders of Donna Lauria in July and Virginia Voskerichian two days ago (March 8). Codd linked the weapon to at least three separate incidents in the Bronx […]
Virginia Voskerichian, a junior at Barnard College, was shot in the face and killed while walking home in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens. She’d raised her textbooks to her face to try to protect herself. Over the next two days, ballistics would link her murder to the killings of two other women dating back to July […]
America, as reported on the nation’s police blotters: “Received a report of a subject on the 400 block of Jersey Avenue on a bicycle ranting on a cell phone. Patrol spoke with subject, who stated they were having WiFi issues.” —North Country This Week, Potsdam, N.Y.
Forty years ago today, Four of the men arrested for the break-in at the Watergate agreed to a $200,000 out-of-court settlement to be paid by former President Nixon’s campaign fund. The men, members of the anti-Castro community in Miami, had charged in a suit they were conned into believing the burglary was sanctioned by the […]
Forty years ago today: Two serious pros robbed an estimated $1 million from a Yonkers bank, including part or all of the receipts from three nights of racing at Yonkers Raceway. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming Oct. 1.
I’ve been celebrating a winter festival of police blotter entries from Skagway, Alaska, in the great book “The Best of Skagway, Alaska” published by the Skagway News. With hints of spring around, I’m returning to reports from today’s blotters around the nation. “Two men were arrested for a strong armed robbery incident.” —San Jose Mercury […]
Forty years ago today: The NYPD is more than ever beset by internal dissension following two years of budget and personnel cuts, says the New York Times. Morale, job performance and absenteeism are worsening and spreading to the higher ranks. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming Oct. 1.