Raymond Null attended the local Jr. College after graduating from the Police Academy
and became interested in creative writing and criminal law. He furthered his education with classes at the Florida Atlantic
University, and extension classes from the University School of Law.
While working in law enforcement as a uniformed patrol officer, he was instrumental
in saving the life of a 71-year-old woman and in a separate incident; he saved a 4-year-old boy from drowning in a rock pit.
For these humanly actions, he was awarded citations and honor plaques from the city council and the Police Department. “We
are proud to have you as a Officer,” the council President said to Raymond as he read a special tribute commendation
for actions “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty,” and placed it into the city’s permanent charter. More honors
followed from the Police Chief, the City’s Auxiliary Police Department, the local Fraternal Order of Police, the Greater
Fort Lauderdale 100 Club, and the American Police Hall of Fame.
Raymond Null finished his career with
an appointment from the Governor with a permanent appointment to the state crime advisory board and the rank of Chief Supervisor
of the Detective Bureau. He returned to his beloved southern Illinois area where he entered into the field of Country Music,
and enjoyed life as a Country musician and singer for a short while. After recording in Nashville Tennessee on a couple of
occasions, he left the music field and eventually retired from Industrial Executive Management. Today he lives a quiet life
with his wife Edith, and spends his time writing songs, movie scripts, and books of actual cases that he has been associated
with, short stories, and nostalgic poetry. Raymond Null is the author of The Midnight Murders.
According to the book description of
The Midnight Murders, “It begins with a murder when the detective was seven years of age and
a promise made to his mother to catch his brother’s killer, and became a police officer after graduating from High School.
He quickly rose through the ranks by meritorious service and was promoted to homicide detective. While taking every course
and seminar he could on investigative procedure, he continued to work on his brother’s unsolved murder case. Finally,
in a desperate gamble to bring the perpetrator to justice, the detective quit his beloved south Florida occupation as a homicide
detective and moved back to his boyhood homeland in southern Illinois where he settled his family. There, his investigation
encounters a great deal of family resentment and resistance as well as uncooperative acquaintances from his brother’s
past. As the suspense built for the former detective, he learned the complicated history of his brother’s return from
World War II and his brutal murder shortly before his twentieth birthday. It also becomes clear that he will need to use everything
he knows about catching killers to survive this investigation….which he skillfully accomplishes with full disclosure
of the “Who” and “Why,” thus ending the 46 year old haunting mystery of the person responsible for
the unsolved death of his brother.”
About the Wilton Manors
The Wilton Manors Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency with an authorized
strength of 38 sworn personnel and 4 civilians. It is headed by a chief of police and organized into two
large bureaus: Operations Bureau and Administrative Bureau. The Operations Bureau includes the function
of patrol, school resource officers, DARE, bicycle patrol and marine patrol. The Administrative Bureau
includes criminal investigations, records and other administrative functions.
According to the Chief of Police of the Wilton Manors Police Department, “As
the Chief of Police for the City of Wilton Manors, it is my goal to reduce crime, address quality of life issues and ensure
public confidence by working together with the community. I am extremely proud of the fine men and women working at the Wilton
Manors Police Department, and we view community policing as a partnership with the community to solve problems.
The City of Wilton Manors is ideally
located, poised for redevelopment and encourages diversity. The Police Department is actively seeking to hire highly qualified
individuals for the position of police officer. Please review our schedule of benefits and join us in the “Island City”
and be a part of a diverse sustainable urban village.”