L.A. Noir: Tales from the Gangster Squad
October 26, 2008
First of seven parts
Sgt. Willie Burns had a Tommy gun on the bench in front of him when his 18 handpicked candidates arrived at the 77th Street station on the edge of Watts. It was a cool evening in November 1946, and the men came in topcoats and hats. Burns wore his low, almost over his eyes, like the bad guys.
October 27, 2008
Second of seven parts
Florabel Muir had the nerve to ask, "What does a Gangster Squad do?"
October 28, 2008
Third of seven parts
After the Two Tonys were shot dead and left slumped in their car in Hollywood, the LAPD prepared an internal report titled "GANGLAND KILLINGS, Los Angeles Area, 1900-1951."
October 29, 2008
Fourth of seven parts
Sgt. Jerry Wooters first encountered Jack "the Enforcer" Whalen at Hollywood's Mark Twain Hotel, which served as an office of sorts for the big man trying to fill the void left by the jailing of Mickey Cohen.
October 30, 2008
Fifth of seven parts
Jerry Wooters' wife assumed they were going out with another policeman when he told her they were having dinner with a friend. But their companion was Jack Whalen, who brought along his society wife, Kay.
October 31, 2008
Sixth of seven parts
Jack Whalen's beef was not directly with Mickey Cohen but with a couple of his crew, and it revolved around familiar issues in their realm: Who was scamming whom? And who would back down first?
November 1, 2008
Seventh of seven parts
When the coroner put Jack Whalen's body on a slab, it measured 72 inches, just 6 feet. For years, people had described him as 6-foot-2 or 6-4. But "the Enforcer" was smaller in death than life.
The LAPD Gangster Squad and the mobsters of the 1940s and 1950s shared a tangled weave of relationships. Explore the connections.
November 1, 2008
Jack Webb was not yet 30 when he came up with the radio show "Dragnet" in 1949. Two years later, he brought it to the fledgling medium of TV, with its memorable dum-da-dum-dum music and opening: "The story
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