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Alice Crimmins, right, waits in line with the crowd before a session of her 1971 trial.

The “Sexpot” Trial?

The Alice Crimmins case broke in 1965 and grabbed headlines for the next twelve years?

Fifty-two years ago, Alice Crimmins?s children died, and she was the prime suspect. The trials that followed ensured we?d never know who murdered them?only that a woman?s life could be used against her.

Whether Alice Crimmins was guilty of the crimes for which she stood trial remains an open question. She may have been convicted more for her freewheeling sexual behaviour than for the conflicting evidence against her.?

The basic details of the case are as follows: Crimmins was an attractive, redheaded 26-year-old mother?living with her two children in an apartment in Kew Gardens, Queens. She was Irish Catholic but clearly lapsed.

Separated from her husband, Crimmins liked to drink and socialise, bringing boyfriends home to the apartment she shared with ?5-year-old Eddie and 4-year-old Alice Marie, or ?Missy.? On the night of July 14, 1965, Crimmins left her sleeping children in the apartment and took her pregnant dog for a walk. According to her testimony, Crimmins said that when she awoke the next morning, her children had vanished from the bedroom they shared. Police discovered Missy?s body that same day: She had been strangled. Eddie?s badly decomposed corpse was discovered five days later.

Because of her unapologetic penchant for men, martinis and Maybelline, Crimmins did not win the sympathy of New York police detectives or the public. In fact, she was quickly tagged as the prime suspect. After two years of surveillance that included secretly taping her sexual encounters, detectives arrested Crimmins and charged her with the murders. The case came to trial in 1968 and Crimmins was found guilty and imprisoned. But that was just the beginning of what would turn out to be a dizzying legal seesaw. The verdict was appealed and Crimmins was released, charged again, and convicted in 1971. That second verdict was overturned in 1973; then it was reinstated and Crimmins was imprisoned again in 1975. She was paroled in 1977.

Now 77, Crimmins is out there somewhere; according to rumour,?she may even be living in Queens.

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?The Toughest Cop in the World?

Here?s how Johnny Broderick handled ordinary smart guys. There were three of them, standing outside a downtown restaurant, looking for trouble. Johnny smacked them around for a while, then he picked them up one by one and flung all three of them through the restaurant’s plate-glass window. Then he ran them in for malicious destruction of property, and the judge gave them 30 days and made them pay for the damage.

Here’s how Johnny Broderick handled racketeers like Vannie Higgins. Dapper Vannie would come around to Madison Square Garden for a sporting night out on the town, and Johnny would be waiting for him every time, and Johnny would just pick him up and send him crashing through a phone booth and make him leave. Vannie complained about this to the fixers on several occasions, but it never got him anywhere.

Here’s how Johnny Broderick handled Legs Diamond, who blustered one night that he’d had enough of this Broderick and he was going to take the lousy copper for a ride. Word of this came to Johnny, who went out looking for a showdown and soon found Legs and his boys at Broadway and 46th. The boys fled at once. Legs gulped. Johnny dumped a trash bin over his head. Then he made him crawl away on his hands and knees as the whole Stem watched.

Here’s how Johnny Broderick handled Two-Gun Crowley. Crowley was holed up at West End and 90th, fending off tear-gas bombs, challenging 300 cops outside to come and get him. Johnny stomped upstairs by himself, bashed down the door, ordered Crowley to come along and marched him out by the scruff of his neck.

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On March 13, 1964, Catherine 'Kitty' Genovese, 28, was repeatedly stabbed to death over a 30-minute period in two separate attacks by the same man. For decades it was believed that her cries of distress were totally ignored.

On March 13, 1964, Catherine ‘Kitty’ Genovese, 28, was repeatedly stabbed to death over a 30-minute period in two separate attacks by the same man. For decades it was believed that her cries of distress were totally ignored.

The Kitty Genovese Story

For decades, students have crossed their arms during introduction to sociology lectures and said: ?I would never do that.? They said it when Stanley Milgram?s experiments suggested ingrained obedience to authority could lead anyone to commit Nazi atrocities. They said it when the Stanford Prison Experiment suggested even a mock institutional setting could spark brutal, fascist torment. And they said it when learning of the?Kitty Genovese?murder, in which a young woman was stabbed in the middle of the night as 38 witnesses sat in the safety of their apartments and didn?t even bother to telephone the cops.

On that last one, the students may have it right. The 1964 murder, which has stood as a symbol of urban apathy and inspired musings by everyone from Harlan Ellison to Alan Moore to Malcolm Gladwell to Phil Ochs, may not have been quite the nihilistic horror show we were taught.

The notion of a building full of people who ?didn?t want to get involved? was perpetuated by a New York Times story (38 Who Saw Murder Didn?t Call Police) later expanded by Times editor AM Rosenthal into a book.

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Aucklanders could learn a thing or two from the NYPD

Bill de Blasio has shamelessly chucked his city’s Police force under the bus for pure politics.

That has backfired on him.

The city’s 35,000 police officers have no respect anymore for their mayor and they are showing it by turning their backs on the mayor when ever he attends official functions, like the funerals of the two recently slain police officers.

Earlier this morning at the funeral for Rafael Ramos, the slain NYPD Officer executed in retaliation for the death of Eric Garner, tensions between the NYPD and Mayor Bill De Blasio?took center stage when thousands of NYPD officers turned their backs on the Mayor during his “condolences” speech.

CNN reports:

Mayor de Blasio, for his part, got up and talked about extending his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the 8.4 million New Yorkers out there. I can tell you outside here in an episode of just how tough a job the mayor has in the weeks ahead, hundreds of police officers turned their backs on the screens, on the church as he spoke. Some in ones and twos right behind us.?

A very large number, perhaps in the thousands number of police officers, turning their backs on the mayor. Just in front of us is a sign that says ‘God bless the NYPD.’ And just below it another sign attached that says ‘Dump De Blasio.’

This does not mark the first time NYPD officers have turned their backs on De Blasio and has become a recurring theme of protest after the Mayor spoke disparagingly of the department when a grand jury eschewed indictment in the Eric Garner case. On Friday, tensions between the two offices reached literal new heights when an?airplane flew a banner over the Hudson River proclaiming?”De Blasio, Our Backs Have Turned To You.”

According to Breitbart, De Blasio?arrived to the funeral two hours late.?

“De Blasio arrived only a short time before the service ended,” reported Breitbart. “He arrived around 9 PM to the wake, which started at 7 PM?so late that many assumed he had decided to skip the service, and some early?news reports?had said he did not attend.” ?

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