Tales From The Blue Line 22 Jul16

Tales From The Blue Line 22

The first day that I was assigned to work a one man police squad was – different. Of course I was anxious, as all cops are under that condition. But a short while later my anxiety turned to a sort of bravado. I was young. What did I know? My assignment was in a very quiet area of Milwaukee: The south side. The homes in the area are gorgeous, mostly built in the first half of the twentieth century. Their design was based on the Old world-European style, which still populate most large American cities. Down-to-Earth type people dominated the area. There were some rundown, shanty type homes gathered in the areas where the first family...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 21 Jul08

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 21

A gruesome murder that created many weeks of Milwaukee Journal newspaper headlines created much, much more than the description of a crime and an acknowledgment of the fear that rippled through the city. International intrigue eventually grew from the violence and the remains of a teenaged girl who lay dead in a wooded area of a small park on the city’s northwest side. The details of the ultra high emotions of everyone involved, from surviving family members of the victim to case investigators, was exposed because of the spectacular nature of the case. A beautiful, athletic, all around high achieving young woman was sexually assaulted...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 20 Jul01

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 20

The detectives had put the murder in the cold case file some months earlier. There had been no evidence whatsoever: No witnesses, forensics, and of course, no suspects.. The victim was an elderly woman who owned a grocery store in what had slowly – but surely – become a bad part of town. She’d been murdered shortly after the store had closed for the evening, and she was apparently in the process of locking up. She’d been found dead on a stairway leading to the basement a few hours after her daughter had made her routine nighttime call to make sure that Mom was okay. After too many “no answers,” the daughter called the police,...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 19 Jun24

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 19

The Milwaukee lakefront drug parties that flourished in the late 1960s and early 1970s were a sight to behold. The group of people attending on weekends during decent weather were little more than a wakeful, hallucinatory bad dream. I worked undercover at dozens of them. People were there for one reason: To get high and to make connections with drug dealers for a regular supply of their favorites – from marijuana to heroin. Unfortunately, some local community leaders, including some from the mainstream news media, didn’t catch on very quickly. Instead, some of them celebrated the new style of get togethers, where young people from all...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 18 Jun17

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 18

Brainpower and stability are not synonymous. You could make that comparison between brainpower and many things: Wisdom; knowledge; behavior (look at all the crime syndicate leaders we’ve had; think they didn’t have Mensa minds?); and so on. Unfortunately, many people with the virtually unlimited ability to accurately figure out all manner of raw data, don’t always do the right thing with their conclusions. They twist it to obtain their own, wrongful desires. What happens when some of these people have ambition and the need for power and riches or fame, or maybe to be a doctor or a lawyer, comes into play. Huh? An...