Review: “Rose City Vice” By Phil Stanford

September 10, 2017

Portland Oregon is known for its granola-weed liberalism, Antifa, and the comic TV series “Portlandia“. What it is not generally known for is the KKK, the mob (as identified by attorney general Robert Kennedy), and being “the pornography capital of the west coast”.

In “Rose City Vice – Portland in the ’70’s; Dirty Cops and Dirty Robbers” , investigative reporter Phil Stanford has perfectly captured the scandalous and corrupt Portland I remember from my misspent youth. I met Stanford briefly several times while working with my editor, friend and mentor Ace Hayes at The Portland Free Press. Stanford was a top-notch journalist for The Oregonian newspaper and has a great nose for sniffing out scandal. In Rose City Vice he has produced a tabloid-style examination of urban outlaws, good sex and bad cops. As Stanford demonstrates, they are all interconnected, rising from street-level dealers and thugs to the mayor and future governor of the state, Neil Goldschmidt.

In high school and later, we would drive past “Bill’s Gold Coin”, a swanky rounded bar known for prostitution, and down the street “Ginger’s Sexy Sauna” – a legend in it’s own time. Porn stores were all over town, the biker gangs struck fear, and unsolved murders were the staple of a city that fronted as a clean environmental gem.

Stanford details the exploits of a corrupt narcotics bureau that resells captured drugs and the few good cops who tried to expose them. This included a failed raid on The Outsiders motorcycle clubhouse, where cops in street clothes busted in and tried to plant drugs during the confusion. The bikers shot one cop dead, and at the time I remember there was a surprising amount of sympathy for the Outsiders, who claimed the raid was unannounced and the cops were dressed much like a rival gang.

Stanford drifts us through the careers of beautiful madame’s such as “The Duchess”, and Ginger (of sauna and porn store fame) who smartly went legit. He details the heroic crusade of former prosecuting attorney Des Connall and former chief homicide detective Earl Son who, in private practice tried to bring down the crooked cops. Connall’s law firm collapsed and Earl Son was found shot to death. Connall died at his sisters house in North Dakota.

Almost all the bad guys are complete screw-ups, and the cops aren’t much better. The exception is the wily “Ginger”, who constantly changes her business model to stay one step ahead of the vice squad.

So many familiar names pop up, those of hit men, drug financiers, and dirty politicians. A good flow chart would connect many of them together.

In Phil Stanford’s “Rose City Vice”, the blush is off the Rose.

– John Titus

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to Review: “Rose City Vice” By Phil Stanford

  1. Tex on October 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Stanford wrote a second book called Portland Confidential which traces the roots of the Rose City’s sordid and criminal past all the way back to Prohibition. The degree to which corruption is entrenched in the officialdom that runs Portland and effectively the entire state of Oregon from behind the closed doors of Portland City Hall is downright astonishing.

    One of the biggest criminal enterprises in the city’s history was the Schrunk family whose patriarch, Terry Schrunk, was a corrupt Multnomah County sheriff who eventually became Mayor of Portland. Schrunk, who spent most his law enforcement career protecting drug dealers, pimps, illegal gambling establishments and labor racketeers along the Portland waterfront, ended up being investigated by the McClellan Committee in the 1950s.

    His arch-nemesis was Robert F. Kennedy who had investigated Schrunk’s criminal malfeasance as a member of the Committee and subsequently testified against Schrunk in a 1950s corruption trial, which drew the ire of Oregon’s equally corrupt democratic political constabulary.

    Over a long career Stanford has done an excellent job of peeling away the layers of the onion to expose Portland and the Oregon political establishment as one of the most corrupt gang of official law-breakers in U.S. history.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Live Traffic Feed


Free Visitor Tracking Widget

Contact

covertbookreport1@gmail.com

RSS Northwest Research & Covert Book Report

  • Review: “Propaganda” By Edward Bernays
    It’s all around us; on street signs, radio, papers, books and most importantly – television. It’s propaganda, and the person who re-popularized the term was Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud. “Propaganda” was written in 1928, at the dawn of serious mass media. Radio had been out for a while, and he makes mention […]
  • Get Ready For Terrorist Attack, Trump Power Grab
    Things are coming unglued in Trumpland. Manafort likely going to jail. Cohen flipping. And now Princess Ivanka and her two idiot brothers have been swept into a lawsuit by the New York State Attorney General regarding serious charity fraud charges. It appears Trump was siphoning funds from a charity to pay legal bills and other […]
  • A Dark Vision Of Human Depopulation
    I always enjoy listening to podcasts by James Howard Kunstler, who envisions global markets and technology driven to a halt by natural events, collapse of energy resources, and conflict. Kunstler provides a reassuring solution in a return to life as it was in the 1800’s, but with an enlightened back-to-the-land feel. He does however interview […]
  • The Robert Kennedy Assassination – 50 Years Later The Truth Comes Out
    A full 50 years after the assassination of Robert Kennedy, something significant appears to be happening; real reporting on the subject. The establishment mythology is that Kennedy was shot by lone gunman Sirhan-Sirhan in the kitchen of The Ambassador Hotel. But sources as mainstream as The Washington Post are seriously addressing the actual facts: Kennedy […]
  • When We Know Too Much About How The World Really Works, We Lose Friends And Family
    I’m Sure many of you have experienced this same thing. The other day after work, I was having a beer and reading the news on a cheap tablet in my local tavern. I came across one article that made me laugh out loud, and the bartender asked what it was. I said “Rudy Giuliani went […]