More than a century’s worth of atrocities culled from the city’s police blotter, told through startling, rarely seen images and incisive text written by Bernard Whalen, Philip Messing, and Robert Mladinich – a NYC crime reporter and two NYPD officers.

From crimes that occurred before the establishment of New York’s police force in 1845 through the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 to the present day, this visual history of New York City is a peek behind the police tape at more than 175 years of crime.

This 320-page chronological tour covers events that shocked the nation, from arson to gangland murders, robberies, serial killers, bombings, and kidnappings. Headline-grabbing entries include architect Stanford White’s shooting at Madison Square Garden, the bombing of Wall Street in 1920, the 1928 hit on mobster Arnold Rothstein at the Park Sheraton Hotel, and Kitty Genovese’s 1964 stabbing, famously witnessed by dozen of bystanders who did not intervene. Rarely seen photos, including the parking ticket that helped catch the serial killer Son of Sam and the carvings left at the crime scene of the Mad Sculptor, help readers gain an insider’s perspective into the investigations.

Perfect for crime buffs, urban historians, and fans of photojournalism, this riveting collection details New York’s most startling and unsettling moments through behind-the-scenes stories and more than 500 photographs.

Cases from the Archives of the NYPD from 1831 to the Present