Corpus Delecti

From the book “Pensacola’s Finest in Pictures” Corpus Delecti. What is it? A loose translation is concrete evidence. For a homicide detective, that often means that to charge someone with murder, you must have…a dead guy. Without a dead guy, it’s impossible to convict someone of murder…maybe. But not for Dennis Waldron. Dennis was bornContinue reading “Corpus Delecti”

End of Watch: The Death of Officer J. H. Carter: April 4, 1909

From the book, “Pensacola’s Finest,” available on Amazon. Law and Order. That’s what it is called – for a reason. Historically, communities had often taken matters into their own hands when a horrendous crime took place. That sounds great, but not when emotions take priority over justice.  For instance, if a person was accused ofContinue reading End of Watch: The Death of Officer J. H. Carter: April 4, 1909

End of Watch: The Death of Detective James Jeffcoat: March 22, 1968

From the book “Pensacola’s Finest,” available on Amazon. 54 years ago today… On the front page of the June 10, 1951 edition of the Pensacola News-Journal was the story entitled “Painter Kills His Baby Daughter in Family Fight.”  Richard Bonifay, a local painter, lived at 521 N. Spring Street.  He was estranged from his wife,Continue reading “End of Watch: The Death of Detective James Jeffcoat: March 22, 1968”

End of Watch: The Death of Officer William B. Burnham: March 17, 1908

From Pensacola’s Finest, available on Amazon The only unsolved murder of a Pensacola Police Officer occurred 114 years ago yesterday… On the evening of March 17, 1906, the weather was clear and mild – a typical March evening for Pensacola. W. S. Norman’s Saloon was its usual busy, bustling self – typical for a SaturdayContinue reading “End of Watch: The Death of Officer William B. Burnham: March 17, 1908”

End of Watch: The Death of Officer C. Frank Bazzell: March 15, 1932

March 14, 1932: Finally!  After four years as a firefighter, Frank was at last a motorcycle officer again.  He had been a motorcycle officer in the town of Palm Beach, Florida, but since he had come to Pensacola, he was only now been able to secure the position with the Pensacola Police Department.  On hisContinue reading “End of Watch: The Death of Officer C. Frank Bazzell: March 15, 1932”

End of Watch

An excerpt from Mike Simmons’ book “Pensacola’s Finest,” available on Amazon Nothing lets the wind out of the sails of a department like the death of one of its own. A whole department of officers cannot handle the problem. There is nothing to be done, except grieve. However, most departments can give a send-off second-to-none!Continue reading “End of Watch”

“You Shot Me!”

From “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest” This is the story of Tac Officer Bruce Camacho and his 1991 pursuit and deadly encounter with Armed Robbery and Murder suspect Jacob Floyd. Bruce joined the police force in 1986. Five years later, Jacob Floyd was discharged from the U. S. Army after firing a pistol in the barracks.Continue reading ““You Shot Me!””

Dangerous and Terrible Games

       “Oh my God!” said the shrimper as he looked into the trash bag and suddenly jerked back involuntarily. “It’s…a head. A human head. Looks like a girl, but I can’t really tell. It’s kind of messed up.” A hand and arm were with it.        What does a family do when the dad saysContinue reading “Dangerous and Terrible Games”

A True Hero

RECOGNITION OF A TRUE HERO Today, Retired ECSO Deputy Bruce Harris was presented the Sheriff’s Award by Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons. In 2021, Deputy Harris was assigned to Investigations. He was assigned a murder case in which the victim, Ladarius Clardy was killed by gunfire. Deputy Harris worked tirelessly for hours in order toContinue reading “A True Hero”

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