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Thomas A. Phelan

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Thomas A. Phelan served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War and was assigned to Military Police duties. He studied modern criminal investigation under the auspices of the US Marine Corps Institute. Upon being honorably discharged. Thomas Phelan attended a special school for advanced techniques in criminal investigation and forensics for the field and in laboratory. Thomas Phelan worked as a lead investigator for the Wm. J. Burns Int'l. Detective Agency.  Thomas Phelan then joined the New York City Police Department and made detective after making 500 arrests as a patrolman and plain clothes officer.  After Thomas Phelan left the NYPD, he established his own private investigations firm, and according to Thomas Phelan, “That's when it all hit the fan.” Thomas Phelan is the author of Codename: Octopus: A True Biography; Man in the Shadows: Diary of a Private Eye; and, a book of poetry A Point Beyond Silence. 

According to the book description of Man in the Shadows: Diary of a Private Eye, “Tom Phelan, as a New York City Detective, had been shot at; stabbed; bitten; dragged by a stolen car; and crushed by another. As a private detective things turned out to be just as bad being on a hit list for injury and then death. His assignments were to protect Jimmy Hoffa, the Rolling Stones and then things really got dangerous when he was assigned to be Security Advisor the US Delegate to the Mid-East. While in Athens he had to save the Delegate from being harmed by 3 Arabs believed to be the ones that assassinated the CIA Chief of Station in Athens, Greece. Unknown person/persons tried to blow up his car; his plane from Madrid, Spain was sabotaged at 39,000 feet. The investigators in this book are all dead except the author.”


According to the book description of A Point Beyond Silence, it “is a compilation of  the author's award winning poems for which Mr. Phelan received the prestigious Author's Award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.”

Codename: Octopus: A True Biography
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A Point Beyond Silence
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According to the book description of Codename: Octopus: A True Biography, “The author, a private detective, found himself caught in the tentacles of the Octopus, Mr. Howard E. Saft, a wheeler-dealer of national and international affairs. Mr. Phelan was retained by Mr. Saft as Jimmy Hoffa's bodyguard during secret meetings in St. Louis, MO and Washington, D.C. with Wilbur Mills, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Mills's associates who were planning to get rid of President Nixon and International Teamster President, Fitzsimmons. From a courier of million dollar political campaign contributions to a man with a contract out for him and running for his life because he knows too much, Tom Phelan has seen it all and now tells it all. -- All information contained in this biography is taken from daily memos, audiotapes and documents from confidential sources.”

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