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About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932857850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932857856
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frances Fletcher
Most of the top brass in the police department were primarily concerned with pleasing the mayor.
Michael L. Slavin
Great book couldn't put it down because I needed to know how it ended.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Vernon J. Geberth on December 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a murder cop and fellow NYPD retiree, I want to personally thank Randy Jurgenson for writing this shameful story of a brutal murder and the official cover-up that was instituted under Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy. I was in police service during this despicable conspiracy to conceal the truth and was elated that the true story has finally been told. As I read the book it brought back vivid and painful memories of the treachery and deceit practiced by the "political charlatans" of the NYPD who disappeared in Police Headquarters while the street cops were under attack. The racism that permeated events during this violent time is alive and well in the antics of the current racial racketeers who continue to use the Race Card" for their personal agendas. What I think is really important in this book is that the "key" players who were responsible for this injustice have been named and identified and will hopefully be held responsible for their actions. At least the "truth" has finally been documented in a well-written and factual account of one of the darkest days in the history of the greatest police department in the world. Those who remain alive from the Circle of Six should hang their heads in shame now that their actions have been exposed. This is the ultimate "Cold Case Homicide" story.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Slavin on October 10, 2008
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This book reads like a thriller. One can hardly put it down. But it's true. Describing perhaps the saddest period in New York Police Department history. These were the days when the Black Liberation Army was running amok murdering police officers. A false alarm 1013 call went out on police radios. It had been called in on 911. Four officers rushed to the Nation of Islam Mosque 7 on 116th street. It was an ambush. One officer,Phillip Cardillo, was shot and beaten. He subsequently died. The other three were badly beaten by about twenty mosque soldiers. The ultra liberal Mayor John Lindsay had obsessive presidential ambitions. In his mind there could be no racial problems showing on the surface in New York. Most of the top brass in the police department were primarily concerned with pleasing the mayor.

So began the coverup. Congressman Charles Rangel, now powerful chairman of the house ways and means committee quickly appeared at the crime scene. Of course, this is the same man who has been the center of much criticism recently over his personal financial dealings. Deputy Police Commissioner, later to become Police Commissioner, Benjamin Ward arrived. As did the agitator minister Louis Farrakhan. The neighborhood hoodlums turned out in full force to cause whatever trouble they could. Ward gave orders for all white police to vacate the premises and the area. The crime scene was given up and destroyed. No evidence was retrieved. The twenty Muslim prisoners waiting to be interviewed were released. Other key participants in this travesty were Police Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy and Chief of Department Michael Codd. The story they attempted to concoct was that perhaps the officer had shot himself or been wounded by friendly fire. Contrary to fact, certainly no riot had transpired.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chicago's Brandi on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Before you know it, the clock reads 2am! Absolutely could not put it down. Scandalous. True. Shocking. That's all I can say. A complete shame what happened to Phi Cardillo. Great book. Simply fantastic read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith J. Bettinger on December 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas DiPalo on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Randy Jurgensen for telling the story that had to be told. I picked this book up and didn't put it down until I turned the last page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wally-O on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Circle was a very revealing book about a tragedy of a police killing and the events to cover up the killing. It was a black day in the history of the NYPD.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Beirne on October 18, 2006
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I have been eagerly awaiting this book since word of it spread online. I was leery of Robert Cea's involvement, but his presence does not detract from a story every New Yorker should read.

It is a gripping story and well written, but I still had to put it aside several times as the facts Mr. Jurgensen lays out aggravated me beyond reason. Several of the "Circle of Six" are still alive and capable of answering for their dark deeds - let us hope the new interest in the case adds a meaningful ending by the time the paperback comes out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Picciarelli on July 13, 2007
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As a former Lieutenant in the NYPD and in TPF at the time of the Mosque incident, I read this book, both frustrated and proud. Randy Jurgensen is the quintessential NYPD detective; dogged, honorable, dedicated, loyal, and honest. This episode is Department history makes me ashamed of the bosses and politicians who so shamelessly put their careers ahead of justice in the murder of a NYC police officer; alternately, it makes me proud that cops like Randy Jurgensen are around to right those wrongs.

Remember Cardillo!
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