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The Radio Burglar: Thief Turns Cop Killer in 1920s Queens

Published by Exposit, an imprint of McFarland & Company, September 2022

In the midst of gangland activities during the Roaring Twenties, a thief plagued the New York City area by breaking into people's homes and stealing radios, possibly the costliest thing a family could own. Not only did the crimes deprive families of property and security, but they also resulted in the injuries of three NYPD officers and the death of officer Arthur Kenney. Based on interviews and trial transcripts, this book documents the search for the Radio Burglar, which turned into a wide-spread manhunt. Initially perplexed by the case, authorities eventually overcame great odds to achieve a conviction that has received praise in the following decades. But nine years later, the devastating effect on his family and friends of Arthur Kenney's loss was prolonged when they were involved in a second murder trial that riveted the attention of the city and country.

On April 6, 2024, as a result of the new attention this book brought to the story of Patrolman Arthur J. Kenney, the city of New York co-named the intersection of 90th Avenue and 80th Street in Woodhaven, Queens, where he had been shot ninety-eight years before, "Patrolman Arthur J. Kenney Way." The author of this book spoke at the ceremony.