THICKER’N THIEVES: The 1950 Factual Expose of Police-Pay-Offs, Graft, Political Corruption and Prostitution in Los Angeles and Hollywood
LAPD Vice Sergeant Charles Stoker
Twenty-years before SERPICO there was STOKER
(Between 1948-1950 Stoker appeared in more than 600 separate front page article)2011 print edition- $14.95 now available on-line
Greetings from Los Angeles!
It is my personal privilege and honor to be able, to after sixty-years, announce the re-publication of former LAPD Vice-Sergeant Charles Stoker’s 1951 expose-
As many of you who have read BDA know, much of what Sgt. Stoker wrote in his original 1950 expose was of vital assistance to me in uncovering many truths, long hidden in the mist of time.
Stoker’s revelations and testimony before the 1949 Grand Jury related to the L.A. Abortion Ring and how it operated along with the payoffs to police in 1940s Los Angeles was of immense value in helping me put together many of the scattered pieces of the puzzle.
Charles Stoker was a rank-and-file straight-talking, honest street-cop, who was known as a “square apple” LAPD’s 1940s speak for a man who could not be bought. “Square apples” were those cops who would not take graft nor countenance it being taken by any of their partners.
If you’ve read my book you know Sgt. Charles Stoker was and remains my personal hero.
That being the case, it gives me great pride to be able to offer his book as it was originally published. T’NT is unabridged and unedited. I have changed nothing. I have added: a brief Foreword, a content table, some photographs to identify many of the 1940s “players” and an index. But none of HIS WORDS have been altered. What you read in this 2011 edition is exactly what Stoker penned in 1950.
The print version is now available to order on line and an order should arrive to you within 2-3 days. (Mine did.). Stoker’s original book (published in 1951 by the Sidereal Company, Santa Monica) has been long out of print and the seven (7) editions available on-line are currently priced between $350 and $500 making them virtually unavailable to John & Jane Q. Citizen.
My goal in publishing The Stoker Story has been to make his book available and get it into the hands of as many readers as possible. For that reason, I have set the retail price of the new print edition at $14.95.That’s a 97% discount off the current market asking price for a used original.) I also anticipate offering an e-book version, for an even lower price, which hopefully will happen within the next month.
There will be some critics who immediately, (probably without even reading his book) will go into their attack-mode and attempt to discredit Stoker’s original grand jury testimony which focused on 1940s police and political corruption. His critics, most of whom were likely born long after his book was written will lay claim to being “leading experts and historical-researchers” or “have an old LAPD cop friend who knew and gave them the straight skinny on Stoker.”
To you, my friends and readers, I simple say- read his words and judge for yourself!
Sgt. Stoker documented conditions as they unfolded in REAL TIME. He gave us names, dates, and addresses and held nothing back, even listing his own faults and naiveties. He named the bad cops and the good ones. Stoker’s book has no “spin” or affectation. He was subpoenaed before the ’49 Grand Jury, sworn in to “tell the truth” and HE DID JUST THAT!
This is a fascinating and very important part of the real history of Los Angeles at one its most politically corrupt and critical time periods- 1948-1950
Read and enjoy!
Los Angeles, California