Ralph Sarchie is a Sergeant in the New York Police Department,
working at the 46th precinct in the South Bronx. During his 16 years on the NYPD he has made over 300 arrests and received
seven medals. For the past ten years, he's moonlighted as a demonologist, investigating haunted houses and cases of demonic
possession. A devout Catholic, he's assisted in 20 exorcisms.
According to the book description of
Beware the Night, “Ralph Sarchie takes readers into the very hierarchy of a hell on earth
to expose the grisly rituals of a Palo Mayombe priest; a young girl whose innocence is violated by an incubus; a home invaded
by the malevolent spirit of a supposedly murdered nineteenth-century bride; the dark side of a couple who were literally,
the neighbors from hell; and more. Ralph Sarchie's NYPD revelations are a powerful and disturbing documented link between
the true-crime realities of life and the blood-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror.”
According to one reader of Beware
the Night, “Whether you believe in them or not, demons are at work in this world and they are all around
you. The evidence is everywhere, and I knew that before I read this book. Ralph Sarchie is not trying to convert anyone to
Christianity through his book, but merely explain to you that you need to consider your spiritual side because anyone and
everyone will face encounters with evil at some time or other. Although I question some of the people in this book (not Mr.
Sarchie himself, who is obviously credible), this book deserves a note a tremendous praise! It will definitely make you think
twice about the forces of evil and how they can work against you in your life, and what you can do to battle them... I personally
found this book to be well written and highly informative. I appreciate Sarchie's strength to make these cases of the
demonic public, but most of all his courage to reveal his own beliefs and faith despite the fact that when a book like this
is written there will inevitably be public criticism. It's unavoidable. Nevertheless, this book is great and I hope he
writes more of them pertaining to this subject matter in the future. Five stars absolutely!”
According to one reader of Beware the Night, “Surprisingly
good, if you're interested in unusual phenomena. Although Sarchie tends to wander off topic, all his musings and recollections
are fascinating. A tough cop and devout Catholic, he has assisted with over 20 exorcisms as of the writing of his book.”
Interesting take on poltergeists and
occult -- claims that all or most poltergeist phenomena are in actuality demon infestation, since in his opinion human spirits
aren't strong enough to gather or command enough energy to physically move heavy objects, or make them appear or disappear.
Also claims that even casual contact with the occult, such as a single use of a Ouija board, can be an invitation to the demonic.
Labels demonic activity in three phases: infestation, oppression, and possession. His stories, if unembellished, are quite
convincing evidence of the existence of evil. I especially appreciated that he ended his book by sharing the exact prayers
to which he refers so often in his storytelling.”
History of the New York City Police Department
From this it appeared that some of the wards were much larger than others, and ought
therefore to furnish a greater number of men to the Watch. In order to equalize the burden, therefore, it was ordained that
all the citizens dwelling south of Fresh Water should watch according to the following arrangements: Inhabitants of the East
Ward for seventeen nights, beginning December 2; The Inhabitants of the Dock Ward next in order for twelve nights, from December
19; and when it came to their turn again, for thirteen nights; The inhabitants of the North Ward for twelve nights, from and
including December 31; The inhabitants of the South Ward for ten nights, beginnings January 12; The inhabitants of the West
Ward for eight nights, from January 22 inclusive to the end of the month; and, The inhabitants of the Montgomerie Ward for
eight nights, from January 30 to February 7.
The city fathers provided for the appointment
of a Supervisor of the Watch "to take care and oversee that the Watch and watches within the said city henceforth be
duly kept," or else that the forfeits be paid. Boys, apprentices, or servants, were not to be permitted to serve on the
Watch, but only "able and sober men of good reputation." A long paragraph is devoted to defining the duties of the
Supervisor. It is a mere amplification of the phrase that he is to see the Watch "duly kept." At the same meeting
at which this enactment was made Mr. Robert Crannell was appointed Marshal of the City, and the Mayor issued his warrant to
Edward Brewen, the Public Whipper, for the sum of £2 for a quarter year's salary.
The system thus elaborated does not
appear to have survived lone, for, in 1734, an ordinance went into operation providing that twelve persons, including two
Constables, should be hired to be the City Watch during the winter. One of the constables was to be on duty with five men
every alternate night, and the Watch was to be called the Constable's Watch,. And was to be at the orders of the Mayor
or other officials. The corporation supplied fire and light, and paid each man £5,10s, for service from December 4 to
May 1 following, each of the Constables "for this encouragement," receiving 20s. additional.
In 1735 six Watchmen were appointed
to serve for two months. At a meeting of the Common Council, held on October 21, 1735, Paul Richard being Mayor, it was agreed
to appeal to the General Assembly to levy £300 on the real and personal estate of the city to defray the expense.
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