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Thomas A. Phelan served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War and was assigned to Military Police duties. He studied modern criminal investigation under the auspices of the US Marine Corps Institute. Upon being honorably discharged. Thomas Phelan attended a special school for advanced techniques in criminal investigation and forensics for the field and in laboratory. Thomas Phelan worked as a lead investigator for the Wm. J. Burns Int'l. Detective Agency.  Thomas Phelan then joined the New York City Police Department and made detective after making 500 arrests as a patrolman and plain clothes officer.  After Thomas Phelan left the NYPD, he established his own private investigations firm, and according to Thomas Phelan, “That's when it all hit the fan.” Thomas Phelan is the author of Codename: Octopus: A True Biography; Man in the Shadows: Diary of a Private Eye; and, a book of poetry A Point Beyond Silence.  

According to the book description of Man in the Shadows: Diary of a Private Eye, “Tom Phelan, as a New York City Detective, had been shot at; stabbed; bitten; dragged by a stolen car; and crushed by another. As a private detective things turned out to be just as bad being on a hit list for injury and then death. His assignments were to protect Jimmy Hoffa, the Rolling Stones and then things really got dangerous when he was assigned to be Security Advisor the US Delegate to the Mid-East. While in Athens he had to save the Delegate from being harmed by 3 Arabs believed to be the ones that assassinated the CIA Chief of Station in Athens, Greece. Unknown person/persons tried to blow up his car; his plane from Madrid, Spain was sabotaged at 39,000 feet. The investigators in this book are all dead except the author.”

According to the book description of  Codename: Octopus: A True Biography, “The author, a private detective, found himself caught in the tentacles of the Octopus, Mr. Howard E. Saft, a wheeler-dealer of national and international affairs. Mr. Phelan was retained by Mr. Saft as Jimmy Hoffa's bodyguard during secret meetings in St. Louis, MO and Washington, D.C. with Wilbur Mills, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Mills's associates who were planning to get rid of President Nixon and International Teamster President, Fitzsimmons. From a courier of million dollar political campaign contributions to a man with a contract out for him and running for his life because he knows too much, Tom Phelan has seen it all and now tells it all. -- All information contained in this biography is taken from daily memos, audiotapes and documents from confidential sources.”


Codename: Octopus: A True Biography
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A Point Beyond Silence
Thomas A. Phelan  More Info

MAN IN THE SHADOWS: DIARY OF A PRIVATE EYE
Thomas Phelan  More Info

According to the book description of A Point Beyond Silence, it “is a compilation of  the author's award winning poems for which Mr. Phelan received the prestigious Author's Award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.”

About the New York Police Department

The N.Y.P.D. patch was adopted on July 1, 1971. Both the patch and Police Officer's shield are modeled after the seal of New York City. In the center of the patch are the scales of justice balanced on a bundle of rods or sticks with an ax-blade at the top, all of which are tied together. This bundle is called a "fasces" and was carried by ancient Roman magistrates as a symbol of their official powers. Beneath this symbol is an inverted "V," or chevron, that has five stars representing the five boroughs of the City. Beneath the chevron appears the seal of the Police Department.

The Department seal appears on both the shoulder patch and the police officer's shield. Two figures appear on the left and right of the center. On the left side is the image of a British sailor (representing the English influence on New York's history). The sailor is holding a "sounding-lead" on a rope. This device was used to test the depth of the river while navigating ships. The figure on the right of the center of the shield is a native-American, holding a bow. This figure represents the natives that lived in the New York area when the Dutch colonists first arrived in the 16th century. In the center of the seal is a shield-shape with the crossed arms of a windmill on it that represents the Dutch heritage of the City. Between the crossed arms of the windmill appear two beavers and two barrels. These represent the native animals and plant products (like corn and tobacco) of the region that supported the new colonists. Above the central shield-shape appears an eagle, representing the federal government of America established with the declaration of Independence in 1776. The Eagle rests upon a hemisphere that represents the "New World."

 

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