|Norma Jean and the Hollywood Corruption Scandal|
|Written by Norma Jean Almodovar|
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READ MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: http://www.normajeanalmodovar.com/mybio.html
See the interview with Mr. Bradley during my incarceration:
This is the backstory for this website and the book I have been writing for the past 30 years relating to the interaction between cops, politicians, preachers, celebrities and prostitutes. I cannot abide the moral hypocrisy of those who denounce prostitutes and prostitution all the while using our services. There is no doubt that the exposure of these hypocrites- when caught- makes for titillating headlines and sells newspapers, but there is much more at stake for society as a whole. There is a price to be paid for ignoring the corruption that inevitably occurs when governments attempt to regulate the private behavior of consenting adults- whether the laws prohibit drug use, gambling or prostitution. Those who are morally opposed to those activities are certainly entitled to their beliefs, but unfortunately when they use the law to impose their beliefs on the rest of society, the consequences are grave.
It is my fervent hope that by sharing my history and the research I have conducted these past 30 years on this issue will persuade the reader that something must change. When will enough be enough and we as a society decide that the cost of enforcing bad laws is far too great and that there will never be an end to the corruption as long as we continue to use government to enforce one group's moral values on others who do not share those values? Every time a police corruption scandal erupts and a commission is empaneled to learn how to avoid future corruption, the commission always concludes in its reports that the primary cause of corruption is the criminality of private consenting adult behaviors that are considered 'vices.' Each commission inevitably recommends legalization or decriminalization of those vices to avoid the temptation that cops face when enforcing those laws.
There are so many law breakers- from drug use to hiring prostitutes, illegal sports betting and poker games, that such laws which prohibit those activities can only be enforced arbitrarily and selectively. Any law which can be selectively enforced provides the prime motivation for cops to look the other way in exchange for money, sex, information, etc. Once a cop has been compromised, there is no reason to stop with just the vices. In for a penny, in for a pound... if they are risking it all for sex or a few dollars from a call girl or madam, why not go for the brass ring? Thank goodness, not all cops are bad, and I want to make it clear that I have no problem with good law enforcement agents. The ones for whom I have the greatest sympathy are those who must stay on the job until they retire because they put too much time into their careers and cannot just leave, but they must remain silent and ignore the crimes their colleagues commit. It doesn't have to be that way- if society ever grows up and gets its collective nose out of the private lives and behavior of consenting adults, then the majority of police corruption would disappear overnight. Unfortunately human nature is such that it will never disappear, but it would be so uncommon and manageable that the fallout from future scandals would be minimal.
Recently, the New York City District Attorney's Office disclosed that it had been conducting an investigation into police corruption as it related to yet another prostitution ring. Rather than arrest the suspected corrupt cops, instead they arrested an alleged madam- Anna Gristina- on one count of promoting prostitution - and set her bail at 2 MILLION DOLLARS... Knowing that there was nothing Anna could do if they were to 'leak' to the press false information that alleged she was employing underage girls, that's just what they did.
The purpose of this is to further intimidate her into cooperating, but this ploy did not work. If they had in fact been investigating her for 5 years and they knew about underage prostitutes and did nothing to rescue them or stop those 'children' from being sexually exploited, there is a good chance they could be sued by the 'victims' for allowing them to be exploited in the name of this investigation. In any case, it is doubtful that Anna would need to hire underage persons OR that she would resort to coercive tactics to find women to work for her. Given that the going rate for her employees was allegedly $1,200 an hour or $25,000 for a weekend- I am fairly sure that every woman she hired was there voluntarily. She would have far more job applicants than she could ever hire, and could select only the brightest, most attractive women to work for her. As we later learned, the Manhattan Prosecutor had threatened with arrest a woman who worked for her, and forced the woman, Rebecca Woodward, to become an informant.
This woman was required to continue to provide sexual services to the clients of Ms. Gristina, but the DA took ALL her earnings and gifts... which turned her into the sex slave of the DA's office. You can read more of her story here: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hooker-spitzer-encounter-rough-article-1.1561149 and here: http://nypost.com/2013/12/30/call-girl-assistant-da-forced-me-to-keep-hooking-to-nail-madam/?_ga=1.256976717.718844295.1357494535
This is just one of the many scandals involving cops and prostitutes and politicians - and it certainly won't be the last. But here is the story of how I came to be involved in prostitution and why the Los Angeles District Attorney and the LAPD thought I needed to be silenced. It had nothing to do with pandering or prostitution and everything to do with the ongoing corruption that this little ol' traffic officer threatened to expose. (even as I finished this section a few months ago, yet another scandal has emerged- with members of the elite Secret Service who consorted with prostitutes in Columbia, although prostitution is legal in that country... I will write more on this at another time- the point being that there is ALWAYS another scandal involving government agents, members of the clergy, politicians, celebrities and... PROSTITUTES!)
Back in 1972, when I first became a member of the Los Angeles Police Department as a civilian traffic officer, I was about as idealistic a person as one could ever be. The cops were my heroes- I was SO proud to be a part of the LAPD. At 5' 4" tall, I had no hope of becoming a full fledged police woman at the time, because the height requirement was 5'8" and I wasn't about to grow 4 inches. But there was talk of someday lowering the height requirement for women- in the far distant future. And that's what I wanted to be, one day.
For the first few years as a civilian traffic officer, I had little on duty interaction with the sworn officers, because my job then consisted of issuing parking tickets and occasionally directing traffic. I saw the cops whenever I was at the Hollywood Police Station, of course, and whenever I frequented the local cop hangouts and socialized at the Police Academy bar with some of my female colleagues in traffic. I dated lots of cops back then- and found most of them to be incredibly bad in bed. But it wasn't their lack of bedroom skills that caused me to rethink the whole law enforcement scene. Within five years of being part of the 'most noble profession' I no longer felt any pride in my job or in my colleagues.
I was injured in an auto accident while on duty (one of three during my career) and was on disability for a little over a year and a half. My back was injured and for a short time I was even in a wheelchair because walking was too painful. All these years later, I still suffer from the pain that this first accident caused. During my rehabilitation, I seriously thought about not returning to work, but my options were limited and I had very little self confidence that would have permitted me to enter the life changing profession that years later I would join. Part of the reason I was healing so slowly was because of the anger I felt toward many of my colleagues- sworn and civilian. I was painfully aware of what crimes they were committing- and getting away with- and I had no one to turn to who could be trusted. The newspapers had stories of some of the cops who were caught having sex with the underage Explorer Scouts, although the number of those actually caught and those who were participating differed significantly.
Here is one article from 1976- four years into my career, and one of the major issues that bothered me tremendously: how could these cops get away with having sex with minors when any other males who got caught would suffer such significant punishment? Back then there was a saying that summarized the punishment for having sex with a minor- "16 will get you 20" (20 years for having sex with someone 16 years old or younger)
There were many other cops who were sexually exploiting underage girls (and boys) but they were not charged - and there was no reason given by the City Attorney to pass on their crimes. I knew all of these officers- not intimately- as I was TOO OLD for them when I was in my early 20s. Another officer, Michael Casados, was caught and suspended for 6 months but not fired for his involvement with underage girls. Ten years later, he was caught again, and this time he was fired- but he received a five year probation sentence from MY sentencing judge- Arelio Munoz... (he was sentenced in 1986- during the time my probation sentence was being appealed by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office because I had said words to a 50 year old woman which included money and sex and therefore I 'needed to go to prison' because my crime was 'worse than rape or robbery'), after he had been caught- a second time- having sex with a minor. The female from his 1976 statutory rape case was 17, but perhaps she was too old for him, therefore the next victim (with whom he had sex for FIVE years)... was 15 at the time he was caught, so one must conclude that she was 10 years of age when he started having sex with her:
Cops continue to engage in sexual exploitation with underage members of the Explorer Scouts, and so common is this 'crime' that a 2003 report entitled "Police Abuse of Teenage Girls" from the University of Nebraska Department of Criminal Justice stated "Police sexual abuse of women includes a disturbing pattern of police officer exploitation of teenage girls. The majority of these cases, moreover, involve girls who are enrolled in police department-sponsored Explorers programs designed to give teens an understanding of police work." It seems like every day there is a new case and another cop charged with this crime. Just as in years past, most of these officers do not receive anywhere near the punishment that non law enforcement pedophiles receive. Here are some of the cases past and present which show this alarming situation:
But as bad as this was- cops having sex with underage Explorer Scouts- that was not the worst of the crimes being committed by my colleagues.
When I finally returned to work after the first accident, I was assigned to the nightwatch. It was a pilot program for the traffic officers, because the budget for sworn officers was being cut and the city needed to make better use of the civilians who were paid less but whose duties often overlapped. Traffic officers could impound stolen cars, direct traffic at the scene of homicides, fires and other disasters which frequently occurred during the night and early morning hours, thus relieving the sworn officers to do their 'more important' work. The few of us who were chosen for this pilot program were required to attend the roll calls with the sworn officers, and we were assigned to patrol cars as the evening hours were much more dangerous than working days and we needed to be in enclosed vehicles for our own safety. The irony of this was that there was a height requirement for sworn officers because it was thought that shorter people (meaning women) could not drive the large cars that the city purchased for police use at the time. But there I was, all five feet four inches of me, driving one of those tanks. And I managed just fine.
During these years, both in Rampart Division and Hollywood Division, I was much more interactive with the sworn officers because we worked hand in hand at the scene of many disasters/crimes through the years. I no longer was sexually involved with them, though, because in 1976 I met the love of my life, Victor, and had found the man who cared about my sexual needs.
My relationship with the officers with whom I worked was strictly business, but it was impossible not to notice that many of them were up to no good. Throughout most of my career with the LAPD I maintained a rather ditsy persona around the cops because, like many guys I knew in high school, they were intimidated by women with brains. These guys believed they were 'safe' behaving the way they did around me because they thought that I was a vacuous 'Charlie unit' and that's what I wanted them to continue to believe. I would have had to be a complete moron NOT to know what they were doing, so that's what I allowed them to think. If they had realized I had brain and was all too aware of what they were doing, perhaps I would have ended up the way Jack Myers and Sandra Bowers did. More on those two later.
Things I personally witnessed were bad enough, and I knew better than to speak to anyone about it- other than to Victor and to the therapist I was still seeing for the stress I was suffering as a result of my two earlier on duty traffic accidents. Working nights until the wee hours of the morning allowed me to hear things about other cops who were doing much worse than having sex with teenagers. I was horrified not just by the crimes that were being committed, but by the nonchalant attitude my colleagues took toward the cops who were committing those crimes. And it wasn't just the street cops who were engaging in criminal activity- it was supervisors and captains and all those people who were part of the 'chain of command' that one was supposed to go through to report such things. There was NO one - no higher up sergeant or lieutenant or captain that could be trusted. There is a code of silence regardless of the level of involvement in criminal activity or knowledge thereof. Even the judges used their power to stop the expose of the criminal conduct:
Above article indicates that the sexual misconduct with underage Explorer Scouts was still a problem, which everyone around the station knew about anyway. Nothing had changed in the 10 years since the 1976 sex scandal.
Here is an article from the LA Times which covers quite a few of the shenanigans in which the LAPD hooligans were involved: (Click on image to read text)
Note the date of the article- June 14, 1982- almost two months after I had my third and final on duty traffic accident. This didn't just suddenly start after I left... it was ongoing for a long time.
I was working up on Hollywood Blvd that night- at nearly 11:00 pm (to the best of my recollection) on April 18, 1982. I was in the left turn lane at Hollywood and Sycamore Ave. in my patrol car when suddenly I was rear-ended by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The car had just come around the corner from La Brea Ave and apparently the driver did not see me. Immediately I called for help, and some undercover officers who were less than a block away went in pursuit of the driver who had hit me. After a round and round chase which resembled a bit from the Keystone cops movies, the driver was apprehended and taken to jail. I went to the hospital for x-rays. It turned out that the driver was an undocumented alien in stolen car with stolen property. And he was released from jail before I got out of the hospital. He was never to be seen again... perhaps professional courtesy from the cops who were later charged with the same type of crimes? Filling their patrol cars with stolen property for their fellow officers who had placed an order for particular electronics products?
This was the end of my career as an employee of the LAPD. I did not know what I was going to do with my life- aside from continuing to work on the book I started writing which documented the misdeeds of my colleagues. As it turned out, I became a call girl. To me, it seemed to be a logical career move- upward and much more honest. After all, I had no problem with multiple sexual relationships, I enjoyed sex, and I needed a job that allowed me to continue writing my book AND would give me a voice much louder than one I would have if I just made my cute little dolls or wrote poetry. I knew that I had to speak out about the corruption and I needed to have a forum to do so. "Cop to Doll Maker" or "Cop to Poet" or even "Cop to Writer" were not going to get me anywhere. In the 30 years since I left the LAPD, I've never been invited to appear on one single television or radio interview to talk about my dolls or to read my poetry. On the other hand, I've been interviewed on over a thousand radio and television shows, been the subject of untold numbers of magazine and newspaper articles around the world, asked to write articles for law journals and academic books and to lecture hundreds of times at colleges and universities- because I became a prostitute.
People have asked why I chose to do something illegal as a forum for speaking about police corruption. Prostitution was (and still is) against the law for no other reason than that people have a moral aversion to women selling something they can otherwise give away legally. If this had been the earlier part of the last century, I would have already been considered a prostitute because I had sex outside of marriage with multiple partners- all members of the LAPD. Even though most of the cops I had sex with were married and I was not their only 'piece of ass' on the side, the cops would not have been considered 'prostitutes.'
Women's sexuality was stolen from us by not only the religious conservatives but by progressives who viewed women of easy virtue as uncontrollable and therefore a threat to 'the fabric of society.' Men can 'whore around' but women cannot be whores. I find the double standard obnoxious. But I chose prostitution precisely because I knew that people would be curious about someone like me- a formerly 'good' little girl who once planned to be missionary, and would want to know why I would leave a so called moral job with the LAPD- and risk being ostracised by her family and society. As I said then to anyone who would listen, I would rather be a whore than work for the LAPD in any capacity for one more second. I have no regrets about my choice.
You can read my book or my bio page to learn more of the details of my career as a prostitute and my arrest, conviction and incarceration. The purpose of this article is to show that neither the Los Angeles Police, the Police Chief Daryl Gates OR the Los Angeles District Attorney had ANY interest in learning what I knew about the police corruption that was occurring in the Hollywood Division in 1982, nor did they care that I was a prostitute. After all, not long before I left, I was asked to be the going away present for a retiring captain, for which I was offered $200. Prostitutes were routinely hired by cops for graduation parties at the Academy, for other parties and special occasions, as was noted by a retired cop and famous author Mike Rothmiller as well as a not so famous retired cop name Ed Schooling. Said Mr. Schooling, "cops marriages fell apart....when it was exposed (by Mr. Schooling) they were using prostitutes at LAPD parties. Others who attended these parties were local FBI and DEA agents."
Where and how did cops have access to prostitutes for their parties? Aside from the street sex workers with whom the Hollywood cops copulated on duty, there were the many high class call girls who were undoubtedly provided by Madam Alex, the premiere madam in Hollywood/ Beverly Hills in her day. She was a renown pimp and panderer who was a highly regarded informant for the LAPD:
Madam Alex was not convicted of pimping or pandering but rather 'conspiracy to commit pandering' for which she was sentenced to probation. Alex did not drive a car, so I took her down to court for her monthly Friday hearings. She knew that she was on Vanderpool and Clapp's blacklist now, (Alan Vanderpool and Fred Clapp were the vice cops who arrested me in 1983) and she actually offered me her little black book which she kept in a kleenex box on her bed along with her cocaine. I declined her generous offer of the black book filled with names of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills for many reasons, not the least of which was that the business Alex was offering came with the same strings attached that were attached to her and that an agreement with the cops to be their informant (or to provide sexual services) was the only way one could succeed in this business in this or any other city.
And if I were to become a police informant, I would no longer be able to write my book about police corruption. My book had yet to find a publisher in 1990- I had just been released from parole a few months previously. If I did not agree to become a police informant and attempted to start a business with Alex's list of clients, there is no doubt in my mind that I would have gone to prison for the rest of my life. Ultimately Heidi Fleiss got that client list, she did not become an informant and the world saw what the LAPD did to her. But she wasn't writing a book about them and had nothing to say about who and what she might know regarding police corruption.
If after reading the above article, is there anyone who still entertains the notion that the LAPD went after me because they or the District Attorney had a problem with me being a prostitute OR because I tried to help my former friend Penny fulfill her sex fantasy? Oh sure, when interviewed by the media they get all pious and self- righteous and talk about the possibility of prostitutes being kidnapped and raped - except that when prostitutes ARE raped by COPS, the cops who rape them get probation!
Alan Carter, the prosecutor at both Madam Alex's and Heidi Fleiss's trials, wrote emotionally about the dangers of prostitution and why he had to prosecute these evil panderers... insisting that, even though none of the women who worked for Heidi (or Alex) were actually victims of rape or were beaten nor were any of them forced into working for Heidi, he has reviewed cases in which prostitutes were victims of those crimes. Of course he failed to mention that all of those possibilities of harm exist for women who marry cops- and that there are all too many cases in which spouses of cops are not only beaten but murdered by their law enforcement spouses. The same goes for other women who marry violent men... but that doesn't mean we ought to outlaw marriage or ban interpersonal relationships- rather, when violence occurs in ANY situation, relationship or profession, we rightfully prosecute and punish the perpetrators - even the cops when they rape prostitutes. Unfortunately for prostitutes, Bryon Ellsberry's case is far more typical of the consequences of a law enforcement agent raping a prostitute:
And another case:
This sergeant was found guilty only by a hearing board- not a judge - and received a suspension, not jail time NOR was he fired... And of course there is no mention of the obvious- that the prostitute was extorted into performing sex with the sergeant who was on duty on at least one of the occasions. Did the prostitute have any choice? If not, isn't that rape? Well, not according to a former Los Angeles Police Officer turned judge, who claimed that prostitutes could not be raped:
What was it that the LAPD did not want me to expose? And why did no one from Internal Affairs EVER contact me to see what I knew about the Hollywood corruption? What were they afraid I might have to say about all of it? The following articles were published by both the LA Times and the Valley/ Daily News during the time my case was making its way through the court. When the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office appealed my probation sentence, which was the first time in Los Angeles history that this was done, the DA said that my crime 'was worse than rape or robbery.... because I was commercially exploiting my law enforcement past to draw on scandalous escapades which undermine respect for the law.' Apparently the DA felt that it was appropriate to punish the messenger but not those who were actually involved in those "scandalous escapades," and that the actual criminal behavior of the cops would not undermine respect for the law, but exposing it would:
My trial began in 1984, all the while the Hollywood scandal that erupted in 1982 was building and growing:
Police Chief Daryl Gates claimed that he was going to investigate this case until every cop involved in this scandal was brought to justice. Since NONE of these cops ever went to prison, it seems obvious that he did not keep his word. Instead, he made sure that a little old traffic officer from Hollywood who tried to fulfill her former friend's sexual fantasy- which NEVER took place, went to prison to keep from stirring up the scandal and the lack of punishment for those involved.
But by this time, Jack Myers, one of the original cops caught in the burglary/ drinking on duty/ copulating with prostitutes in Griffith Park scandal was dead- victim of an auto accident... right....
He was killed on May 12th, 1982, and three days later- by May 15th, it was already determined that 'no foul play' was seen in his convenient accident and death. How much of an investigation could be conducted in this short period of time? And why did the judge order that the testimony 'up to that point" be sealed so that it could not be used against the other crooked cops? What kind of games were the cops, DAs and judges playing that disallowed the testimony of someone who confessed to these crimes to be used in their trials?
Jack received death threats after he implicated other officers in the scandal:
One witness down, two to go... fortunately for the cops involved in this scandal, they only needed to get rid of one more witness and they could be assured that they would all go free. In September, 1982, they lucked out:
There was "no evidence" to support a connection between her murder and that of Jack Myers... but it was very fortuitous for the other officers who faced serious prison time for their part in these scandals that TWO key witnesses were no longer around to testify against them. Two days later, cops even found someone to blame the Sandra Bowers murder on, even though those charges fell through:
But really, once Sandra was out of the way and Jack Myers was dead, who was left to confound the bad cops? Just Ron Venegas... and his testimony alone was not sufficient to convict the other cops who were named just prior to Jack's murder... er... death. Any other potential witnesses to these crimes would be terrified to come forward- after all, going against the LAPD could lead to your own fatal car accident, just like happened to three call girls who filed charges against the vice squad for having sex with them before they were arrested. A very famous Hollywood attorney who represented these women shared this story with me after I left the LAPD and became a prostitutes' rights activist. He had documentation that the women had expressed fear for their lives if they came forward... a fear which proved all too valid. Fatal car accidents are very easy to stage, and if your colleagues within the department are going to 'investigate' the 'accident,' there is no concern for those who may have made the accident occur.
So what happened to the cops involved in the Hollywood Scandals? And what other crimes were also taking place within the LAPD that it would have been impossible for anyone connected to the department not to know about? Bad cops do not just suddenly start misbehaving- their misdeeds begin small and as they continue to get away with them, they grow more and more bold. The following are just a few examples of the outcomes of the scandals and the other crimes being committed by my former colleagues:
And then finally, the last of the cops- Ron Venegas, received a sentence of three months probation for his part in the corruption in Hollywood :
So, as you can see, committing real crimes if you are in law enforcement is no big deal but if you want to expose those crimes and the criminal cops who commit them, you must go to prison. As the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said in their appeal of my original probation sentence, I needed to go to prison for the mandatory three to six years because, according to them, my crime was "worse than rape or robbery" because I was "exploiting my law enforcement past to draw on scandalous escapades that undermine respect for the law." Clearly that cannot be tolerated.
In California, as I have previously noted, pandering is merely 'encouraging a person to commit an act of prostitution.' While I was on trial for ONE COUNT OF PANDERING in Southern California, up in San Francisco, a couple of vice cops were briefly in trouble because they hired a prostitute to give a blow job to a new cadet at the Rathskellar Restaurant, but no one ended up being indicted for the crime of pandering- and only the prostitute was arrested:
These are just a few of the scandals involving the cops and prostitutes. And there will always be new ones as long as prostitution remains a crime. If you are concerned about underage persons, we already have laws that prohibit sex with minors- if we would just enforce such laws including arresting the law enforcement officers who sexually exploit children. If you are concerned about people being forced into prostitution- such coercion is already illegal. You don't help anyone by arresting those who do not use force or who do not hire underage people. Nor is it logical to arrest the alleged victims and demand that they testify against their employers or face legal consequences. If cops arrested victims of rape or domestic violence and then extorted sexual favors from them, society would be horrified. They'd be horrified just to learn that such victims were arrested in the first place! Where is the outrage when cops extort prostitutes? Or when they arrest prostitutes to rescue them for their own good?
Most people I encounter believe that the corruption that occurred during my employment with the LAPD is a thing of the past. Unfortunately it is not. Every day brings a new revelation of criminal wrong doing by law enforcement agents. The good news is that most law enforcement agents are not corrupt and do not engage in criminal activity. The bad news is that as long a society is willing to overlook the crimes committed by the bad cops, the good cops will eventually leave or some will join their crooked colleagues because they believe that society doesn't care what they do as long as they continue to arrest and incarcerate those whose private sexual or other behavior offends society. It is all for show. If you are willing to play the game, you can play. If you don't play the game, the powers that be will attempt to silence you one way or the other. I wouldn't play the game and was punished for it. I still won't play the game- so what will they do to me this time?
| Last Updated on September 15, 2017