Posts tagged “Wisconsin State Journal

Jingle–In the Form of Handcuffs Clasping–Needed All the Way In Milwaukee, Madison


Back in the late 1990s, when Arthur Jones was Milwaukee’s chief-of-police, he introduced his version of William Bratton’s broken windows theory of policing. Jones sought to address relatively minor issues, which broken windows theorists believe prevent more serious crimes from occurring. Jones’ experiment had mixed results, primarily because he abandoned the department’s prior strategy of aggressively targeting street gangs.

A recent incident caught on video on Milwaukee’s Upper East Side spotlights the MPD’s apparent 180 degree philosophical shift pertaining to crime and disorder.  WTMJ-TV’s Charles Benson reports that a fight between two women on N. Farwell Ave. escalated as a vehicle was driven onto the sidewalk in an apparent attempt to strike pedestrians. According to news accounts, police were called but no arrests were made.

In August 2011, in a post entitled “Kabuki Policing,” SF joined the chorus of community concern over police response times.

Let us hope that the MPD addresses the hooliganism that occurred on N. Farwell Ave.  Over a decade-and-half ago, Milwaukee police investigated a similar incident that occurred outside a pool hall on 27th and Wisconsin. At least one person was killed and several others injured by a party who decided to escalate a fight by running over people on the sidewalk.

Madison Columnist Continues Gun Control Rant while Ignoring Unsolved Murders

In a prior post, I called out Wisconsin State Journal columnist Chris Rickert as one of those willing to use the murders of 26 people in Newtown, CT to support the Democrat Party’s not-so-longer hidden agenda of gun control and/or gun confiscation—the latter of which is now being advocated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a December 23 blog post, Rickert, who initially chided the silence of Wisconsin “Republicans” on the Newtown shootings, is now critical of Gov. Walker’s proposal of GPS monitoring for those under the auspices of a domestic abuse restraining orders, as well as the governor’s idea of seeking mental health providers’ inputs on identifying potentially dangerous individuals.

The staff at SF has reviewed the governor’s ideas. Granted, while careful thought must be given to the criteria used to deem a person mentally unstable, Walker’s initial proposal seems thoughtful and reasonable.

In the interim, while Mr. Rickert champions gun control, the murders of several people in Madison, including the high-profile cases of Kelly Nolan and UW-Madison co-ed Brittany Zimmermann remain unsolved. This means, of course, that two murderers are likely roaming the streets of Madison or some other community ticking like a time bomb until they kill again.

While Mr. Rickert et al blabber about Gov. Walker’s response to a shooting in another state, these same columnists refuse to bring virtually any pressure to bear on the powers-that-be at the Madison Police Department over the unsolved murders of young woman and several others in their own city.

“Wink, wink,” a retired Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) homicide detective wrote in an e-mail this week, “liberal journalists providing cover for their city’s holistically liberal police chief.”

Retired MPD Captain Glenn Frankovis, a contributor to the conservative Badger Blogger (BB), was kind enough to provide several links to prior BB posts, which Mr. Rickert and his fellow Madison journalists might use to channel their energies locally and focus like a laser beam on the unsolved murders of these young women:

Crime Book Feedback Always Appreciated

Recently, I received a note from an MPD detective who is in the process or reading Dave Kane’s book MPD Blue, Mitchell Nevin’s Milwaukee-based crime novel The Cozen Protocol, and Best of the Spingola Files Volumes I and II.  For better or worse, I really do enjoy getting feedback from those who take the time to read my stuff.

Yesterday, The Cozen Protocol and Best of the Spingola Files Volumes I and II surged into the top 20 on’s list of criminal procedure books. For those of you who have spent their precious resources—both time and money—on these books, as well as  the readers of this blog, have a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Hanukah.


Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, is available at

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012

This Holiday Season, Rats Needed

To read this article, purchase the Best of the Spingola Files, coming to’s Kindle store in January 2012.

Steven Spingola is a former Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective and the author of Predators on the Parkway: a Former Homicide Detective Explores the Colonial Parkway Murders.  Spingola also travels to present The Psychology of Homicide, a riveting program concerning high-profile homicide investigations, to groups and organizations.

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2010