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February 14th, 2006

NYPD Annual Report Facts

When I was first researching this book I spent a few weeks down at the Municipal Library reading NYPD’s Annual Reports going all the way back. I wrote down various facts that stood out for me, like this, which I did not put in the book:

From the 1887 Annual Report: 71 fetuses found, 82 dead infants found, 34 still-born children found, 246 people drowned, 11 human bones found.

I mean good God. You can see how that might stand out. I’m not sure what is meant by “found.” On the street? I guess it could mean anywhere. Anyway, harsh times. And I’m guessing there were a lot more drownings back then because people actually swam in the Hudson and East Rivers.

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