Book reveals untold stories of Brooklyn’s “The Seven Five”
By Frank C. Girardot
In the late 1980s NYPD officers Ken Eurell and Mike Dowd partnered up in Brooklyn’s Seven Five Precinct. NY put them on the streets to fight crime. But, Ken and Mike had a different mission.
From their squad car, Dowd and Eurell provided uniformed protection for La Compania’s drug kingpin Adam Diaz as he moved keys of top shelf Columbian coke to addicts from Washington Heights to Coney Island.
They didn’t make much as cops, but Dowd and Eurell earned $8,000 a week as Diaz’s muscle.
“Betrayal in Blue, available on Tuesday Dec. 6, in print or for your Kindle, is Kenny’s memoir of those days. I co-wrote it with him and Edgar Award winning author Burl Barer. It’s a story that contains a narrative with eerie similarity to the film “Goodfellas”. Like “Goodfellas” Kenny’s tale begins in Queens, it moves through Brooklyn’s 77th, 75th and 88th precincts before ending on a tree-lined street in Suffolk County, Long Island.
It is a tale littered with crooked cops in the Seven Five, kidnappings and 99.9 percent pure cocaine. But it is also the story of Ken’s loving wife Dori and her perseverance through times that would end most marriages.
Ultimately Eurell, Dowd and a crew of brother officers, who missed their casting call for the Island of Misfit Toys, ruled the cocaine trade in East New York in the late 1980s.
They might have gotten away with it. After all, Mike and Ken, known to the New York press as “The Losers Club” weren’t the first New York cops to break bad – they were only the most brazen.
The book hits shelves on Tuesday, but you can preorder it today!
Frank C. Girardot, a resident of Pasadena, Calif., is the publisher of “Foothill Advocate.” Follow him @frankgirardot on Twitter