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the greatest of all answers to that old Call of Cthulhu question: “why don’t we get the police to deal with this?”

January 11, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

My daughter’s school project led to me rereading Tammany Hall articles and I figured some of you might not know the greatest of all answers to that old Call of Cthulhu question: “why don’t we get the police to deal with this?”
So here:

William Stephen Devery, New York City’s last chief of police, was either an “illiterate ruffian” or an amazing, openly corrupt, and utterly likable eccentric.
…the Board of Police Commissioners fired him (for corruption) in 1894. He was then indicted for extortion. A jury acquitted him in 1895. Meanwhile, a State Supreme Court ruling had restored him to duty.
Devery, Frank Farrell, a professional gambler, and State Senator Timothy D. “Big Tim” Sullivan formed a syndicate to handle protection services for gambling establishments. …between Sullivan and Devery, the syndicate united the powers of the police, the legislature, and the State Gambling Commission.
Inevitably, he set up Giuliani’s favorite baseball team, the Yankees.

http://www.mapsites.net/gotham/sec6/Devery.html

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