Circle of Six: The True Story of New York's Most Notorious Cop Killer and The Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him

Circle of Six: The True Story of New York's Most Notorious Cop Killer and The Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him

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by Randy Jurgensen, Robert Cea
     
 

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Circle of Six is the true story of what is perhaps the most notorious case in the history of the New York Police Department. It details Randy Jurgensen's determined effort to bring to justice the murderer of Patrolman Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside Harlem's Mosque #7 in 1972, in the midst of an all-out assault on the NYPD from the Black

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Circle of Six is the true story of what is perhaps the most notorious case in the history of the New York Police Department. It details Randy Jurgensen's determined effort to bring to justice the murderer of Patrolman Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside Harlem's Mosque #7 in 1972, in the midst of an all-out assault on the NYPD from the Black Liberation Army. The New York of this era was a place not unlike the Wild West, in which cops and criminals shot it out on a daily basis.

Despite the mayhem on the streets and the Machiavellian corridors of Mayor Lindsay's City Hall, Detective Jurgensen single-handedly took on the Black Liberation Army, the Nation of Islam, NYPD brass, and City Hall, capturing Cardillo's killer, Lewis 17X Dupree. He broke the case with an unlikely accomplice, Foster 2X Thomas, a member of the Nation of Islam who became Jurgensen's witness. The relationship they formed during the time before trial gave each of the two men a greater perspective of the two sides in the street war and changed them forever. In the end, Jurgensen had to settle for a conviction on other charges, and Dupree served a number of years. The murder case is still officially unsolved. In 2006 the NYPD re-opened the case, and it is once again an active investigation with full media attention.

The book has received acclaim from current New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, as well as former Commissioner William Bratton.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932857856
Publisher:
Disinformation Company, The
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
229,916
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


A highly decorated veteran, Randy Jurgensen joined the NYPD in 1958. Among other highlights of his career, he arrested Lenny Bruce and broke what became known as the Bag Murders, later to become a movie called "Cruising". He earned over 40 citations, medals and numerous plaques. He has appeared in 30+ films and television shows and has produced several movies.

Robert Cea retired in his early thirties from the NYPD receiving over 140 decorations. He was awarded 'Cop of the Month' eight times, including his near fatal capture of the "Flatbush Rapist" detailed in his critically acclaimed memoir, No Lights No Sirens. Since retiring he splits his time between LA and New York writing and developing projects in tv/film.

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Circle of Six: The True Story of New York's Most Notorious Cop Killer and The Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LennyC51 More than 1 year ago
I am a retired Police Officer who was working the day it happened. Bosses with no " Castanas" were working other than the 28 Pct CO. The only time and hopefully last time. No PC No Mayor or Governor at a police funeral. No body will ever forget Phil Cardillo. May he rest in Peace. Officer Clementi 24 Pct.
scooterDI More than 1 year ago
Randy Jorgensen wrote an excellent book on a sensitive incident. From cover to cover it was thrilling. A book you hated to see end. Recommended for reading by any member of law enforcement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Randy Jurgensen speak at a police function. I had to read his book after hearing him speak since I was a cop when the Ptl. Phil Cardillo murder happened. Because I was on another police department I was never privy to what was going on in the NYPD. The coverup by the the bosses in the 'Ivory Tower' and their attempts to cover up the murder of a hero police officer is beyond belief. When you read the book, Jurgensen takes you from start to finish in the investigation of the murder of a hero cop. If you like conspiracy stories this is a book for you. If you like stories about detectives solving cases, this too is the book for you. Jurgensen is a hero as well and he paid a heavy price for doing the job correctly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down and I couldn't believe how the story unfolded. Sad to see how the NYPD reacted to the murder that took place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a different read from what I expected. The book is written and the story is told by two cops. It reads as though it is told by cops. With that said, after reading this book I completely agree with the approach. My book club read this book, there are just 6 of us. Every one of us finished the book, we all had the same comment: "we wanted to know how it ended." The book is a glimpse into reality. As a result I now think beyond the typical newspaper story, I consider more seriously why decisions are made and more easily accept the fact that I'll never know why particular decisions are made. There are two or more sides to every story, we often only see/hear one. I can't say that I loved the book, but I am glad that I read it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former NYPD detective, I can attest to Randy Jurgensen's hard-earned and well-deserved reputation as a living legend. Even grizzled old timers of higher ranks are extremely deferential when they meet him. Long before this book came out, the facts upon which it is based were well known to even new recruits. This book sheds light on what is probably the most monumental instance of departmental malfeasance in history. When people who were on the job when Officer Cardillo was killed recount the incident, the anger is palpable. Through Robert Cea, who is a wonderful writer, Randy speaks for all of them with powerful eloquence. This book is a masterpiece that makes us realize quite painfully that our leaders are often anything than who or what they purport themselves to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down! I actually had to stop reading because my eyes hurt and it was 3am! the next day I had to keep at it until I finished it. Beautifilly written, the author tells his story in such a simple, realistic yet interesting way. This book is worth much more than I paid for it. Read it!