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To Die For Chocolate
Paul G Nelson  More Info

According to the book description of To Die for Chocolate “tells the story of two LAPD Homicide Investigators who are investigating a series of vicious rape/murders. The lead character is INVESTIGATOR STEVE MOORE. The killer, dubbed “The Candy Man” due to his penchant for leaving a single chocolate in the hand of each of his victims, begins to leave clues for the two investigators, taunting them.


But when Moore’s wife CHRISSY becomes one of the killer’s victims, the investigation suddenly becomes very personal! As Moore and his partner, INVESTIGATOR KEITH RIMBALDI race against the clock to identify and locate the killer before another person dies, Moore realizes that memories from his troubled childhood that he has hidden for years begin to surface and Moore does not like what he sees! He’s becoming as cold-hearted and cunning as his current quarry. Can he identify and arrest the killer without loosing his soul”


About the Los Angeles Police Department 

In February 1955, the Los Angeles Police Department, through the pages of the internally produced BEAT magazine, conducted a contest for a motto for the police academy. The conditions of the contest stated that: “The motto should be one that in a few words would express some or all the ideals to which the Los Angeles police service is dedicated. It is possible that the winning motto might someday be adopted as the official motto of the Department.” The winning entry was the motto, “To Protect and to Serve” submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek.


“To Protect and to Serve” became the official motto of the Police Academy, and it was kept constantly before the officers in training as the aim and purpose of their profession. With the passing of time, the motto received wider exposure and acceptance throughout the department. On November 4, 1963, the Los Angeles City Council passed the necessary ordinance and the credo has now been placed alongside the City Seal on the Departments patrol cars.

After a 28-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul G. Nelson retired at the rank of Detective Supervisor.  After a brief time in uniform (2 years), the remainder of his career was spent working a series of “Specialized Details.”  Paul Nelson spent several years working in an undercover capacity, chasing down illegal sales of weapons and explosives, and building cases against these illegal weapons dealers.  In that capacity, Paul spent a great deal of time with some very bad people, acting as one of them to gain their trust.


He worked three, 18-month “tours” of Vice.  The Vice unit is responsible for the investigation and suppression of the three “C’s” of vice activity: “Complained Of,” “Commercial” and “Conspicuous.”  The work included approaching prostitutes and receiving a violation from them, at which time, they would be arrested, the investigation of Alcohol Beverage Control Act (ABC) violations regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to the public whether it is from a bar or a convenience store, and the investigation of any other vice related complaints.


Paul Nelson worked Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.), the gang unit for thirteen years, working street gangs which included gathering intelligence on them and also investigating any gang-related crimes, including homicide.  Because of his experience and expertise, he was selected to join the FBI Gang Task Force.  The Task Force included members of the FBI, along with members of other local law enforcement agencies, and targeted specific gangs who were involved with the transportation of illegal weapons and drugs into or out of Los Angeles.  The work included both vehicular and pedestrian surveillance on known gang members, often “tailing” them across state lines and in a few instances, across the country.  As cases were built against these individuals, the Task Force would form arrest teams and arrest the individuals.  Task Force members would then testify in both State and Federal Court as witnesses for the prosecution.


Paul Nelson also worked the Gun Unit, investigating illegal sales of guns in the City of Los Angeles, checking all retail gun stores for compliance with City, State and Federal laws regarding the sale of firearms and ammunition, and making undercover “straw purchases” from illegal firearms sellers and dealers.


Paul G. Nelson’s last assignment was as a member of the Law Enforcement Related Injury (L.E.R.I.) Unit, which was responsible for investigating “Officer-Involved Shootings” and preparing Staff reports for the Chief of Police and any subsequent legal or civil proceedings.  Besides a strong investigative background, the position required outstanding written and oral communication skills. Paul Nelson is the author of To Die for Chocolate.

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