1918: A Hard-boiled, Cigar-chomping Jewish Chief of Detectives Is Born

Albert Seedman solved some of the strangest cases in New York history, including the bullet that ricocheted off the ocean, killing Nancy McEwen.

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August 9, 1918, is the birthdate of Albert Seedman, a legendary New York policeman who for a brief period in 1971-72, served as the city’s first and only Jewish chief of detectives. Seedman had a hand in...