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As a patrolman and detective in the NYPD, John Barry made, or assisted in, 132 arrests in all Boroughs of New York City, except Staten Island. He was injured in the line of duty twice and received several commendations.

Born 1926 in NYC, John Barry attended Parochial elementary and high schools in the Bronx. He worked many jobs for pocket money as soon as he could obtain working papers. As a radarman in the U.S. Navy in 1944, he was stationed on several vessels anchored on the West Coast. John sums up his service career as boring and completely undistinguished.

A graduate of Hunter College in 1950, John Barry worked as a social investigator for the NYC Department of Welfare, joining the NYPD in 1951. John Barry finished 65th on the Civil Service list of 25,000. He served as a patrolman on foot and patrol car in the 34th Precinct in Upper Manhattan. His good arrest record moved him to Detective Division where he was assigned to the Narcotics Squad, which eventually became the Narcotics Division. John resigned in 1959 after a rather violent disagreement with a superior officer. John Barry became a Long Island school teacher, retiring in 1987. John Barry is the author of Baskets of Eyes. 

Baskets of Eyes: A Mystery of International Crime
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According to the book description of Baskets of Eyes, “They were standing there in the drizzle. Some uniforms, policemen and women, and the detectives, precinct and homicide; Bronx Homicide because the woman’s body lay in the Botanical Gardens near the old Fordham Road entrance. All were watching the Medical Examiner who was kneeling in the pine straw working over the corpse. The ME murmured to a nearby assistant who scribbled in a steno pad. Finally, he stood, brushed his knees and spoke in a high firm voice to nobody in particular. “The deceased had her eyes ripped out, probably while alive. Death from a broken neck, and ruptured spinal cord caused by violent twisting. Present body temperature indicates death occurred approximately three to four hours ago.” The ME glanced at his watch. “Between five and six a.m. Ballpark.”

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