A Rookie Cop vs. the West Coast Mafia. Breaking Up The by Tanya Chalupa

By Tanya Chalupa

In this gripping, real crime exposé, invoice Palmini, a rookie detective, hopes to take down the West Coast Mafia by means of gaining the arrogance of infamous mob operative William Ettleman. Set opposed to a backdrop of social turmoil, the publication immerses readers in loose love, medicines, theft and homicide, orchestrated by means of prepared crime in destinations like Sausalito, California. The Trident eating place, as soon as a drug Mecca for Hollywood, the tune and the recent York hip, was once co-owned by way of the Kingston Trio and their supervisor, Frank Werber, a self-proclaimed drug priest. Robin Williams labored as a busboy there and Janis Joplin had her personal desk. Sally Stanford, the previous San Francisco Madam who later grew to become Sausalito's mayor, was once a confidant of the notorious. Ettleman's safecracking gang pursuits the Trident. Mobsters like Frank “The Bomp" Bompensiero, on whom Sopranos personality “Big Pussy" is assumed to were dependent, get involved. Palmini, using Ettleman, joins...

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Getting back behind the wheel of his car, he drove down to the Sausalito Police Department, housed in a two-story red brick building with a flat roof, about a quarter of a mile from the burglarized restaurant. Those guys pulled it off practically right under our noses, he thought, as he parked his car on the street next to the station. He was angry. Mostly he was annoyed at himself for feeling helpless and for being no match for such bravado. ” Indeed. It was time to call in help. One of the first things Palmini did when he got inside the station and settled into his office was to send out a teletype to all California law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice and FBI district offices, asking for assistance and information.

Agents from the FBI and the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Investigation and Identification (CI&I) responded rapidly when they received the news of the safe burglary, flying in by helicopter. In no time, the roads around Dodge Ridge and the neighboring hamlets were inundated with police cars. Helicopters could be heard circling the area on and off throughout most of the day. The deputies also conducted a house-to-house search of five hundred cabins, looking for the armed bandits. 11 But if anyone was blocked, it was law enforcement.

The Kingston Trio, a popular folk and pop music group, and their manager, Frank Werber, were owners of the Trident. The group’s ties to the restaurant guaranteed scrutiny by the media and promised political heat on the police department. And if that wasn’t enough, there was another worry gnawing at him. It concerned his police chief, Jim Wright. Wright had been with the Sausalito police for five years, brought in by the former police chief from the Hayward Police Department. The buzz around the department was that Wright had ambition to run for Sheriff of Marin County.

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