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Now, in a sense Morgenthau was sandbagged into coming into
this thing, because he had no option. I called him up and said,
“Listen, Bob, I have something that's very confidential involving
corruption. I want you to meet these people”-- I think he probably
already knew the names: certainly Burnham and Serpico and he knew
Durk I'm sure -- “I'd like you to hear them and see if there's
a way where you can be helpful.” So there's no way that he
can't come to my apartment when I tell him that, but I'm sure
he didn't like the call, because you already are implicated if
you don't do something being given the information. Then you
have a real problem at a later time.
So he came here, and they spilled their guts, so to speak.
There wasn't any question but that there was enormous corruption.
Everybody knew that, but they had the details. And he
said that he would undertake to do something.
Now, I can't remember whether Morgenthau was actually
named a third mayor or not or was simply nominated, because
shortly after that he left city hall I can't remember what happened as
to why he was not ultimately the third deputy mayor but he either
held that job a very brief time or never really held it. In
any event, he never did anything.
When he ran for DA, one of the things that he worried
about was that Kuh would attack him for having failed to
do anything in the area of police corruption, having been
alerted by Durk and Serpico. And one of the things that we
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