I’ve interviewed legendary former NYPD homicide detective Randy Jurgensen several times over the years. Along with Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Randy Jurgensen went from investigating the “French Connection” major drug investigation to appearing in The French Connection, the great 1971 film about the famous case. (One of my favorite crime films, which was based on Robin Moore's true crime book).
He was also, along with Sonny Grosso, his partner after Eddie Egan retired from the NYPD, a technical advisor to the film’s director, William Fredkin. That led to a second career not only as an actor on screen – he was one of the men who machine gunned James Caan’s character Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, and he portrayed a detective in another Fredkin film, Cruising, with Al Pacino – but also as a film producer.
Randy Jurgensen also wrote an interesting true crime book called Circle of Six, which covered the controversial murder of an NYPD officer at a New York Mosque (The top photo shows Detective Jurgensen being struck with a brick outside of the Mosque).
On January 30th, Randy Jurgensen penned an interesting op-ed for the New York Daily News.
As the Big Apple keeps limping like a gunshot victim in this new year — NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea, citing shootings still on the rise, this week asked, “What the hell is going on with the firearms in New York City?” — many of her long-time residents have a new appreciation for the ironic phrase, “Hindsight is 20/20.”
Even in the absence of 20/20 vision, it is easy to see in the year gone by, and perhaps in the year that’s upon us, a striking resemblance to another era, a time where the city was edgy and dangerous, when blackouts and militias spurred rioting and looting, when gun violence and crime ticked up faster than the Dow Jones ticked down, when the police were treated like Public Enemy No. 1.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
You can also read my Washington Times On Crime column on the late Sonny Grosso and Randy Jurgensen via the below link: