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How I Almost Got the Editor of a Jewish Newspaper Fired

I guess some people only want to hear about Jews who do good things. I was a con man, a sting artist who posed as a cop to rip off drug dealers. Okay, so the guys I stung were worse … Read More

By / November 3, 2008

I guess some people only want to hear about Jews who do good things. I was a con man, a sting artist who posed as a cop to rip off drug dealers. Okay, so the guys I stung were worse than me but I still kept the drugs and money. Then I became a real cop, but that’s another part of the story. Anyway, I wrote my autobiography, "The King of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw," after a few years in prison and many years of being a good citizen and community leader in my hometown of Kansas City.

The editor of The Jewish Chronicle in KC writes a front-page story about me and the book and all hell breaks loose. People call for his resignation and there are some nasty letters to the editor.

Why?

Because I’m not a good image for Jews. "You are glorifying a criminal!" they screamed. Apparently some people think the only stories about Jews should be about scholars, lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc. But Jews are criminals too, and cops. We are everything. Some of us have had the most outrageous adventures in the drug underworld, some of us carried a gun while we were going to college, some of us kicked ass. Okay, I don’t fit the stereotype for an upper middle class Jewish kid from the suburbs. Deal with it. David kicked Goliath’s ass. Damn straight.

Craig Glazer, author of The King Of Sting: The Amazing True Story of a Modern American Outlaw, is guest blogging on Jewcy this week. Stay tuned.