Saturday, July 24, 2021

Mad Dog Tape Preservation, Analysis Under Way

Working diligently on these sensitive materials are Sgt. Ken Barton (CSP retired) and ESPN alumni / retired Auxiliary Trooper Dave Overson.

Via Jerry Longo, Connecticut State Police Museum

In May of 1960 the last person to be electrocuted in CT was Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky. He and his accomplice Arthur Columbe murdered at least six people during a robbery and killing spree in 1956 and 1957.

Fast forward to today: The nephew of tireless investigator Major (then a detective) Sam Rome – who interviewed many in the Mad Dog case – came forth with some startling materials.

Ken Kurland delivered a scrapbook, newspaper clippings and reel to reel audio tapes of several of Sam Rome's interviews regarding this murder spree. They are being analyzed at the CSP Museum in a very exciting project. So stay tuned as they slowly process approximately 29 hours of tape.

Of note: The tapes might cover at least one other significant case.


State Police Museum Appeals for Help To Retrieve Audio From Mad Dog Killer Confession

Friday, June 18, 2021

State Police Museum Appeals for Help To Retrieve Audio From Mad Dog Killer Confession

 Jerry Longo, chairman, Connecticut State Police Alumni Association Museum and Educational Center, displays new acquisition. - BOB THIESFIELD PHOTO


Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky was a serial killer who was sentenced to death after a string of robberies and murders in Connecticut during the 1950s. Approximately six people were killed during these events, which became known as the "Mad Dog Killings."

A number of others were shot, beaten, or pistol-whipped but survived. There was a great book written about this crime called Ten Weeks of Terror.

Taborsky was the only inmate in our CT history who was placed on death row, not once but twice. He was electrocuted in 1960.

One of the main investigators of these crimes was Major Sam Rome. His nephew Ken Kurland has donated to the State Police Museum many of Sam's remembrances of his career including reel to reel tapes of confessions (this crime and several others) news clippings and magazine articles. He also gave us the reel to reel recorder, and we are hopeful we can get it running so we can transcribe and or reduce these tapes to a current and usable format.

If anyone has a functioning old timey reel to reel that we can use in the mean time so we can listen to and use a tape recorder with, let us know. Either way, this is a sad piece of history but a great find for a police museum.

WHEN `MAD DOG' WAS PUT TO DEATH - Hartford Courant

The Mad Dog Killer