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Old 06-11-2011, 13:06   #1
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My father's book. The events of Shannon Street, 1983 in Memphis TN

Hey guys,

My father, an ex-LEO, has finished writing his book titled "Hostage/ Murder in Memphis" which tells the true story of 2 Memphis Police Officers who were attacked and kidnapped in 1983. One of the Officers, Robert Hester, was held for several hours, tortured, and ultimately murdered.

My father felt the story needed to be told and decided a couple years ago to start the research project that consumed his life. Well, finally, he has completed the book and it's for sale at http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bo...x?bookid=92743.

Being a current LEO I appreciate the book and I hope you guys will to, it tells a pretty fantastic, if not sad, story.

Anyway guys I would appreciate any support he can receive from other LEO's and civilians alike.

Thanks again and stay safe fellas.
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Old 06-11-2011, 14:44   #2
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Will your father sign it for me? I'll throw in a patch of my agency!

I recently got a signed copy of Circle of Six by Randy Jurgensen. And it occurred to me I should try to establish a collection of police books signed by their authors.
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Old 06-11-2011, 14:51   #3
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Thanks for the heads up, the book looks interesting.
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Old 06-11-2011, 15:02   #4
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Your welcome guys, I really appreciate the support from our community, I know it means alot to him.

Patchman I will personally get the book signed for you, what a great thing to inquire about, my pops will get a kick out of that.

Thanks again guys.
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Old 06-11-2011, 15:02   #5
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Was this murder/incident an inspiration for a Hill Street Blues episode?

Deal. Once I receive the book I'll PM you for a mailing address.
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Old 06-11-2011, 15:05   #6
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I'm not sure about the Hill Street Blues question, let me call and ask him what he knows about that. Standby 1.
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Old 06-11-2011, 15:09   #7
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Talked to him, the first Hill Street Blues episode, the episode in question, was in '81, Shannon Street didn't happen till '83. Coincidence I guess.
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.

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Old 06-11-2011, 15:16   #8
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And you'll never get an official acknowledgment. TV shows always have that disclaimer about no relationship to any persons or events, etc...
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Old 06-11-2011, 15:18   #9
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Edited my post Patchman, I was mistaken.
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Old 06-11-2011, 20:08   #10
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Ghstface38 and his father are both some damn good people. Just from my limited interaction with him and his father, you could tell that they'd give you the shirt off of their backs while holding a ********* at gunpoint.

I'd put my name on them.
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Old 06-11-2011, 21:18   #11
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I got a copy ordered. I remember the incident. My whole life has been LE, 38 years +, and I'm glad to see stories like this set down so no one forgets.
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Old 06-12-2011, 17:00   #12
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It doesn't seem that long ago, but time flys.

I remember this had just happened and being as it was in TN we had it in the academy.Soon as Bonaroo is over I'll try to hook me one, really tragic story. #430

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Old 06-12-2011, 18:45   #13
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Thanks LilCop, shouldn't you be enjoying your vacation?!

Thanks for the support Snowman!

ProSouth you are correct, time does fly. I've seen some of the news coverage from the siege, very sobering.
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Old 06-12-2011, 18:46   #14
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I think I may end up purchasing that as soon as I get some money...
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Old 06-12-2011, 19:13   #15
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Thanks CJ, much obliged.
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Old 06-12-2011, 20:04   #16
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Any word on availability of the electronic version? I see an ISBN for it, but it's not an option to purchase. I'm probably going to buy the print version (and I may have to send it in for an autograph), but I vastly prefer my Kindle for reading.
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Old 06-12-2011, 20:42   #17
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The email he received stated the e-version would be available in 30-90 days. Pretty wide stretch, I know. Hopefully sooner than later.

Autograph, of course! If anyone wants one my father would happily pay the shipping back to you.
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:07   #18
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The book is also available at Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Hostage-Murder...7988444&sr=8-2

Thanks guys!
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:08   #19
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The book is also available at barnesandnoble.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/host...2bin%2bmemphis

Thanks!
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Sam Spade: [5] If you're a cop, you really do act politely and have a plan to kill everyone. Gacy really did look like a clown. McVeigh was a pretty clean-cut kid. You're hunting bad people, and sooner or later you're going to find them. Sadly, they look nothing like the villians on TV, and there's no creepy music as a clue. Plan for it, and watch the hands.
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Thanks for the info; I'll be ordering one and sending it for the autograph as soon as I get a my next check!
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