Thicker'N Thieves: The 1950 Factual Expose of Police Pay-Offs, Graft, Political Corruption and Prostitution In Los Angeles and Hollywood
Год издания: 2012Количество страниц: 404
From the Publisher: THICKER'N THIEVES: The 1950 Factual Expose of Police-Pay-Offs, Graft, Political Corruption and Prostitution in Los Angeles and Hollywood is the full, fearless expose by former LAPD vice-squad Sgt. Charles Stoker. Twenty-years before SERPICO there was STOKER. The Stoker Story originally published in 1951 and written by a rank-and-file LAPD vice-cop, reveals 1940s Los Angeles as it wasa??a??THE CITY OF ANGLES.a?? Inside these pages you will read how a Main Street street-walker, Marie Mitchell, zoomed to national fame as Brenda Allena??L.A.a??s notorious vice queena??with the help and protection of the a??city fathersa?? in cahoots with the underworld. You will a??listen ina?? on the wire-tap recordings of Brenda getting her instructions from the high brass on the police forcea?¦you wona??t believe the conniving, crime-full corruption, that cost Stoker his job when he finally trapped, call house madame, Brenda Allen. Sgt. Stokera??s expose provides us with a real-time ride-along with LAPD as they secretly wire-tap gangster Mickey Cohena??s mansion, then demand $20,000 in extortion monies for the incriminating tapes. You are present in the jury-room as Sgt. Stoker presents his secret testimony to the 1949 Grand Jury, detailing police corruption and pay-offs. His whistle-blowing revelations resulted in a felony indictment and the forced retirement of LAPD Chief of Police, C.B. a??Cowboya?? Horrall as well as causing formal charges to be filed against four of Horralla??s top command officers. Ta??NT is dynamite! In writing this story, and in his long fight to have it published most publishers considered it a??too hot to handlea??a??the highest compliment paid to Stoker was the frequent remark, a??Publish this book and it will cost you your life!a?? The 1949 Grand Jury Foreman agreed. Here is the actual headline from the Los Angeles Times dated. July 8, 1948: "Grand Jury Chief Fears for Life of Stoker After He Testifies Again" The L.A. Times article goes on to quote grand-jury foreman Harry Lawson: a??Stoker is the real informer in this case. Brenda Allen is just peanuts compared to what he has given us. He should be under guard. If he continues to name names and situations like he did today he will be found dead on the curb within five days.a?? Pub. Note- The original 1951 hardback limited edition of Ta??NT by Sidereal Company, Los Angeles, is long out of print. (The few rare copies listed for sale on the Internet, are priced between $300-$500) This republished paperback edition makes Thickera??N Thieves a?? The Stoker Story - available to the general public for the first time since its original limited printing some sixty-years ago. This 2011 edition is true to the original. None of the authora??s words have been changed or edited. Additions to the 2011 edition include: A Foreword by Steve Hodel, NYT bestselling author and retired LAPD homicide detective; photographs and a??Line-Upa?? of many of the original a??playersa?? named in the Stoker Story.
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