During the early 1960s, Raymond V. Martin was an Assistant Chief Inspector
of the Brooklyn South Detective Squad of the New York Police Department. His
book, Revolt in the Mafia, is the story of his battles with the Gallo crime family.
Perhaps most interesting, many of the real names he recounts, find their way into Mario Puzo’s mafia classic
– The Godfather. In addition to names, places and incidents, Martin describes
his strategies and tactics for his battle against the mob.
According to one reader of Revolt
in the Mafia, “Raymond V. Martin was Assistant Chief Inspector of the Brooklyn South Detective Squad in
the early 1960's, and he made it his business to bust the Gallo Crime family, operating in his jurisdiction. He names
names, and describes incidents, many of which Mario Puzo used in his "Godfather" novels, although some names are
switched around. There's a Clemenza, another who is a hood that's a crooner, many more both famous and infamous. Martin
describes the strategies and tactics he used to bring organized crime under control. He's a most unusual man, never having
graduated from high school, apparently. He writes that the FBI was aware of the existence of a Mafia, even as it denied it.
His take on the doings of the time--Congressional Crime hearings, the Kennedys--is interesting because of his point-of-view
in law enforcement. A good read on a rainy night, particularly if you're interested in where Mario Puzo got material for
From the History
of the New York Police Department
In 1803, an ordinance was passed formally designating the Commandants "Captains
of the Night Watch." The number of privates were again increased to one hundred and forty. This was the year when the
foundation of the present City hall was laid. It was a year of activity, and brought forth, among other things, a new set
of regulation for the Watch. The City was divided into three districts, fifty men being assigned to the first; fifty-four
to the second; and thirty-six to the third. Two Captains were appointed to each district, and they were ordered to fix the
stations or rounds for the men, whom they had power to suspend for misconduct, pending the final action of the Common Council,
which alone, it would appear, had power to discharge a Watchman. The Captains were required to give personal attendance to
their districts every second night; and were liable to immediate removal from office in case of any neglect of duty. Every
Captain had to keep a roll of men who performed duty each night, and of absentees, and to furnish a transcript of the entries
every morning to the Magistrates.