Before you watch TNT’s “Mob City” tonight, read these items from The Times about what Police Capt. William H. Parker was actually doing in the 1940s.
Parker served in the Army during World War II and was discharged in November 1945. On July 25, 1947, Parker was named head of the LAPD Traffic Division. By December 1947, Parker had attained the rank of inspector. He became head of Internal Affairs in May 1950 and became LAPD chief Aug. 2, 1950.
As I have noted before, by the time Parker became LAPD chief, Bugsy Siegel had been dead for three years.
Where was Mickey Cohen when Parker became chief? Traveling across the U.S. with John Stompanato.
And if the name Robert Gilmore in the Dec. 12, 1946, story seems familiar, you’re right. Regardless of what you may read elsewhere, “Severed” writer John Gilmore’s father was a traffic officer at this time.
Dec. 12, 1946: Capt. William H. Parker is looking for motorcycle officers.
July 26, 1947: Capt. William H. Parker is appointed head of the Traffic Division.
In 1949, Parker is assigned to the staff of Police Chief William Worton.
May 6, 1950: Parker will become head of Internal Affairs.
And where was Mickey Cohen when Parker became LAPD chief?