Early in 1976 I was one of the original members of FLPD's prestigious T.I.U. I also had the honor of being among the first FLPD officers who initially spotted Bill Mason and identified him as a
criminal. I wrote about Bill Mason and FLPD's involvement with him in my 1st book (
Badge 149 - "Shots Fired!"
). How we first identified him, and then eventually caught him, is detailed in Chapters 16 & 17.
Bill Mason wrote his own book (
"Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief"
). His book was published in 2005, and mine in 2006. It is ironic that he didn't know about my book, and I didn't know about his. I've read his book and parts of it are very interesting, especially when he talks about the rich and famous people he stole from. However, when he talks about how FLPD eventually became aware of him, his version of events is
true. He says FLPD had an informant who told us about him, and this just is
true. Bill Mason became predictable and that's how we eventually caught him.
There was no informant
I recently came across a youtube video that I had never seen before. It's only 41 minutes long and it is very interesting, too. I must admit, after watching Bill Mason talk about himself and his life of crime in this video, I like him even less now, than I did back when T.I.U. was following him around.
If you want to see the video you can just click on the "Police Archive" logo above, or you can go to the following site: