- Book: “Undisclosed Files of the Police: Cases From The Archives of The NYPD – From 1831 to the Present”
- Authors: Bernard J. Whalen, Philip Messing, and Robert Mladinich
- Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2016
If you’re looking for a good overview of the New York City’s dark and grisly criminal history – look no further. This extensive compilation of the undisclosed files from the archives of the NYPD (New York Police Department) – will not only walk you through all of the city’s major crime stories, but also through a good, narrative history of the New York City’s police force.
Starting with the early 1800s, before the NYPD even existed in its current form, some of the long-forgotten and the little-known crime stories are presented to the readers on the pages of this captivating and engaging collection. Written by actual NYPD insiders – including a police lieutenant, a retired detective, as well as the crime journalist from the New York Post, this book will provide you with a deeper insight into the real, mean streets of New York.
Filled with street gangs, famous mafia clans, crazy assassins and serial killers, Nazis and bank robbers, as well as other senseless murderers and rapists, this vast anthology of stories will awe and unsettle even the most hard-core, true crime fans.
The book includes not only the biggest and most famous criminal cases, such as the killing spree of Son of Sam, the murders of Kitty Genovese and John Lennon, and the robbery of Lufthansa‘s precious multi-million dollar cargo, but also some of the less prominent tales like the ghastly murder in the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, the bombings of Wall Street, Fraunces Tavern, the World’s Fair event in the Queen’s Flushing Meadow Park, and the attempted boming of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and many others.
Even if you think that you know everything there is in the criminal history of this city, you will definitely discover many new and bizarre stories in this book. Please note – the size of this book (10.5 width x 12.2 height in inches) makes it a great addition to any “coffee-table” display.