Monday, January 28, 2008

Enjoying My Free Time

Hey guys, I really enjoy my time off from the force. Turns out they have free WIFI at the coffee shop down the block. I can kick back and blog from the comforts of a back booth. Plus, I’ve got a perfect view of the TV to catch up on the Lakers. Hell, I might even watch the Clippers.

I also can keep up to date on the news. I’m relived I’m not spending my time working some of these bizarre cases.

Although I do miss trying to solve the mystery of some of the weird cases. They’re always full of surprise. Like my old friend on the force used to say, “You never know.”,22049,23102177-5012895,00.html

Hope everyone is enjoying the New Year as much as I am.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Police Slang

A reader of my last entry asked if we use police slang. Sure do. Here’s a few I picked up over the years.

Acute Lead Poisoning – Gunshot wound

AQR – Ain’t Quite Right

Blood suckers – those who take blood samples, ie lab techs

CLL – chronic low life

CRAFT – can’t remember a f*cking thing. “Our witness has developed a bad case of CRAFT.”

Coffin Dodger – A cop who’s served as long as I did and lived to tell the tales.

DFO – Drunk and fell over

TOMB TOWN - The Morgue

We have a bunch about found bodies.

DRT – Dead Right There (victim dead at the scene of a crime)

FDSTW – Found dead, stayed that way.

PNF – Pulse not found.

LI – Living impaired.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Remembering "Betty"

Well it's January 14th again and most people might not realize it's the 61st anniversary of the discovery of Elizabeth Short's mutilated body on Norton Ave and 39th street.

Before Elizabeth Short became the ultimate symbol of 40's L.A. Noir as the Black Dahlia she was simply known as Betty by her mom and sister. I like to think of Betty on this day as a young woman full of life rather than the image of the Dahlia cut in half in a vacant south L.A. field.

There have already been too many books written detailing the murder with theories ranging from mob bosses to film directors as the brutal killer. I say today we focus on the happiness; the smiling girl in the photos in Miami and Melford, MA. Not the slashed mouth of a kid led astray chasing the Hollywood dream.

During my fifteen plus years on the force I found myself visiting her last haunts on the anniversary of that gruesome discovery. While the case is technically still "open" I imagine we will never learn exactly what happened during that missing week of her life. Too much time has passed.

From what I've heard on the inside the L.A.P.D. of the 40's did a botch job on the crime scene. They let cops and photographers step all over the murder site damaging any additional evidence (shoe prints, tire tracks) that could have aided the investigation. But maybe that's exactly what the L.A.P.D hierarchy of the day wanted.

She was last seen alive leaving the Biltmore Hotel in downtown before she disappeared into the night. Betty, our thoughts and prayers are still with you.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year

Hope everyone had a nice Holiday break. I enjoyed Christmas with the family and had a very relaxing New Year's Eve.

I read back in October that the flu shot might not work as well this season, but now I'm kicking myself for not getting one. I'm almost over a bad case of the stomach flu - or maybe it was food poisoning. I hear something is going around that you catch at public dining places. My friend Patrick told me it's just the old fashioned stomach flu, also called the norovirus.

Anyways, I'm feeling much better now and hope to get some questions on this blog. I saw someone posted a comment on my first entry stating "once a pig always a pig." Well I agree that many cops are corruptable but I worked with good men and women during my tenure. A bad seed can ruin the bunch, no matter what profession.

I hope to do more writing in the New Year once I feel better. I'm off to the TV room to rest and eat saltine crackers.

Hope everyone the best in '08.