In Prison for 31 years, former New York Police Department police officer William
Phillips is the co-author of his memoir, On the Pad. According to a recent interviewed by Geoffrey Gray, (February 27, 2007),
in the New York Times, “The trouble started one spring day in 1971 at P. J. Clarke’s, the glittering bar and hamburger
restaurant on Third Avenue. This place, typically overrun with police officers, bookmakers, ballplayers and prizefighters,
was Mr. Phillips’s hangout. He was only a patrolman, but looking at him, you’d never know it.
“I dressed like a million dollars,” Mr. Phillips said during one
of two interviews conducted at Fishkill last year. “I was an East Side guy. Making money, hanging around, chasing broads.
I was just a fun-loving guy. I mean, I would meet a gal, we would hit it off, go do different things, have fun, she’d
drift off and someone else would come along and that’s it.” Or, as he put it in his memoir, “On the Pad,”
published in 1973: “My life was one big fun.”