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Dead Shot Mary Shanley

New York?s Greatest Man Catcher

?It’s exciting. I’d die if I had to go back to working in an office

-Mary Shanley, 1937

Mary Shanley, nicknamed ?Dead Shot Mary? for her frequent use of a gun while on the job as a New York City detective in the 1930s, only the fourth woman in the detective squad, was a media ?superstar. There were dozens of articles written about her in tabloid newspapers and her photo, usually large, frequently accompanied them. She worked on the force for nearly thirty years and made over 1,000 arrests, a staggering number.

In 1934, the New York Police Department?finally let women officers carry guns. The first female cop to fire one in the line of duty was undercover officer Mary?Shanley (born Ireland 1896 ? died New York 1989), who shot?her Colt Official Police revolver to warn a suspect on 53rd Street to stop running or else.

?You have the gun to use, and you may just as well use it,? she said.

On June 20th, 1938, pedestrians near bustling Herald Square in Midtown Manhattan were treated to a scene right out of a dime store novel. A well-dressed middle-aged woman was fighting with a man, attempting to subdue him. He pushed her in the face, and she retaliated, knocking him into submission with a swing of her long strapped pocket book. The man was lucky she did not use the gun tucked carefully into the folds of her dress.

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Social Media: the stocks of the 21st century (and why we need more of it)

One of the effective uses of the stocks were that you had to face your community and be known and ridiculed for the transgression you were guilty of. ? Due to society growing to the point where we haven’t even said “hi” to our neighbours, the anonymity of people in general emboldens them to do things because they think they can get away with it.

But not if we use “digital stocks”:

Wairarapa shoplifters should expect to be shamed on Facebook, as retailers take to CCTV and social media to fight back.

Owner of Trev’s Sports in Queen St, Quentin Henderson, has twice turned to the community on Facebook to help identify shoplifters.

Last October, a teenage cat burglar who stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of goods owned up after CCTV images of the burglary was widely viewed on Facebook.

And last month, footage of two teenage girls shoplifting received 21,768 views.

Although not from Masterton, the girls were identified.

Mr Henderson said the community supported retailers by trying to help identify the shoplifters on social media.

A bit of crowd sourcing to identify scumbags will be very effective in putting the breaks on petty thievery. ? Read more »