AWR0016: A Friend to Alexander (OTR Hamilton)

Amazing World of Radio

A modern man is taunted in his dreams by Aaron Burr until he realizes that either he or Burr must die. From Suspense.

Original Air Date: August 15, 1956

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EP2128: Inspector Thorne: The Defrosted Refrigerator Murder Clue

Karl Weber

The young wife of an older wealthy banker is murdered.

Original Air Date: August 10, 1951

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EP2127: Night Beat: Harlan Matthews, Stamp Dealer

Frank Lovejoy

Randy stumbles upon a mentally disturbed man trying to kill his psychiatrist.

Original Air Date: May 29, 1950

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EP2126s: Lux Radio Theatre: Mrs. Mike

Dick Powell

A young woman from Boston marries a mounty (Dick Powell) and discovers the harsh reality of frontier life.

Original Air Date: April 24, 1951

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Book Review: 400 Things Cops Know

In 400 Things Cops Know, veteran Milwaukee and San Francisco Police patrolmen Adam Plantinga shares his experiences as a 21st Century big city police officer.

The book is divided into nineteen chapters, the first eighteen are centered on subjects ranging from what you would think would be the mundane issues in seasonal policing to the straight dope about shootings and car chases. The final chapter is fifty-four miscellaneous “things” that didn’t fit easily into the proceeding chapters. The “400 things” are a mix of short vignettes, quick tidbits of cop information, and longer reflections on the life and methods of police officers.

Plantinga makes each of these tips engaging. Some are humorous, some are poignant, and others are just plain interesting. Some of these include sharing the advice that when a police officer stops a car full of shady characters to do a search, that the passengers should be seated in a specific manner to avoid a sudden escape or interference with the search.

Or the fact that it’s possible for pedestrians to be hit so hard by a car, they fly out of their shoes.

If you ever wondered about criminals in TV shows and movies who were horrible shots and fire repeatedly at a target without hitting it, that isn’t necessarily unrealistic. “Most bad guys can’t shoot for spit,” writes Plantinga. The book also tells how police officers can recognize a shoplifter.

The book offers several rules of the road for patrolmen that you won’t find in a manual. For example, Plantinga says, if an officer comes across children selling lemonade or raffle tickets for their school or sports team, “you shall buy some, and if you have no cash on you, you shall go to an ATM and procure some.” He further states police officers should give an offending motorist either a ticket or a lecture but that’s “it’s not fair” to give both.

The book goes into deeper and sadder sides of police work in chapters about “being among the Dead,” “Domestic Violence,” and “Hookers and Johns.”  Plantinga’s insights are often poignant and always honest. Often the book’s language reflects the ugly and coarse world many metropolitan policemen operate in.

This insightful book is a must-read for anyone who writes modern day crime fiction. It’s further recommended for anyone who wants to know what real life on the street is like for a modern urban patrolmen.

Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

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