Murderer With A Badge

Murderer With A Badge

The Secret Life of A Rogue Cop

Book - 1992
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
An account of the traffic cop who moonlighted as a killer describes how William Leasure carefully planned three murders and stole a string of luxury yachts worth more than two million dollars. National ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
In this gripping true-crime account of violence, illicit sex, and cold-blooded murder for hire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Buried Secrets tells the riveting story of the mild-mannered traffic cop who led a sinister double life as a professional killer.
Nicknamed "Mild Bill" by his fellow LAPD cops, William Leasure whiled away his career writing traffic tickets and working auto accidents. He was a low-key, unassuming man who had never even used his service revolver in the line of duty. Married to a Los Angeles prosecutor, he was nobody's idea of a criminal mastermind.
But behind his bland mask, Bill Leasure was literally getting away with murder - as many as three murders, in fact, each carefully and professionally planned. He was also a modern-day pirate, accused of stealing a string of luxury yachts worth $2 million. Stolen cars sat in his garage, insurance frauds filled his diary. Yet for a decade, he remained above suspicion. Leasure has been called the most corrupt policeman in the scandal-plagued history of LAPD; and yet so effective was his disguise that even when he was caught aboard a stolen boat, hard-bitten cops had trouble believing he was dirty. To this day Bill Leasure denies his guilt, and his own "explanations" of the charges against him are woven throughout this incredible chronicle of deception and betrayal.
Murderer with Badge also chronicles an epic criminal investigation, one that shook the entire Los Angeles Police Department - a chilling prelude to the videotaped beatings and citywide riots that have thrust LAPD into an uncomfortable national spotlight. Based on meticulous research and exclusive interviews with Leasure, and including many never-before-seen photographs, Murderer with a Badge is a stunning recreation of a rogue cop's secret life and the surprising, often bizarre, events that finally exposed him.

& Taylor

An account of the traffic cop who moonlighted as a killer describes how William Leasure planned three murders

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c1992.
ISBN: 9780525934981
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 HUM
Characteristics: 454 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top