Sunday, January 19, 2020

UPDATED, w/ Museum Prez statement: Louis the Coin book supports restoration of 1941 Ford patrol car at CT State Police Museum


The 41 is starting to get ripped apart for restoration by a dedicated crew of volunteers. Paddock Classic Car Restoration of New Britain and its owner Michael Donnelly are helping with this project. They are donating their expertise, time and storage to get this car ready.

1-19-20: In appreciation of museum exhibit on the slot machine token case and Jerry Longo’s introduction for “You Thought It Was More: Adventures of the World's Greatest Counterfeiter, Louis the Coin,” going forward all direct book sales including PayPal button [forthcoming @ https://louisthecoinbook.com/ ], will result in $1 donations to the Connecticut State Police Museum http://www.cspmuseum.org/. This pledge follows a modest donation from 2019 royalties and direct sales.

  • Museum website


  • Louis the Coin book website






  • The newly renovated Connecticut State Police Museum and Educational Center is in Meriden Connecticut on what were the grounds of the Meriden School for Boys and what is now the State Police Mulcahy Complex at 294 Colony St., Building #7. The hours of operation are currently Fridays from 12:30 to 3:30 and Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 p.m.. Other appointment times during the week are available to groups on request. Admission is free, however we gratefully accept donations. This project was accomplished with donations from our members and friends and no tax dollars were spent in its creation. The tour guides and preservation staff are all volunteers.


  • Video tour of CT State Police Museum


  • Museum Facebook page



  • This magazine cover shows the "Inspiration" 1945 painting by Stephen Dohanos of a trooper broken down. The original painting and the original license plates are at the museum.

    Donations can be mailed to:
    CSPAAAMEC P.O. Box 1945 Meriden, CT 06450-0899
    Notation: Garage or 41 project.


    Here is Jerry Longo’s introduction to

    "You Thought It Was More: Adventures of the World's Greatest Counterfeiter, Louis the Coin.”

    Introduction

    By JERRY LONGO

    I first heard of Louis Colavecchio in my former life as a Connecticut State Police Detective Sergeant. Assigned to the State Police Casino Unit, one of the duties was keeping intelligence flowing between law enforcement agencies throughout the country and my own regarding criminal activity in the casino industry.

    A routine call from a colleague with the New Jersey State Police started me on a two-year-long case involving dozens of casinos, half a dozen states and a lot of overtime. He told me a story of counterfeit slot machine tokens, the suspect and a Connecticut connection. When the case was wrapped up by numerous jurisdictions, I saw a face I had seen many times before. This was a very unique crime involving an even more unique individual, Louis The Coin Colavecchio.

    Louis great up Italian as I did. He loves to eat. So do I. at some point in our younger days, we both made choices about which road to take. Louis loved developing a scam described to me by a U.S. Secret Service agent as the largest counterfeiting case in their department’s history. I loved having a hand in solving it.

    Louis came up with a brilliant plan. We The Cops did, too. I do not condone his criminal behavior, but I understand it; he was very creative, an artist. I assisted in some small way with him going to jail and he served his time ... After spending time together after the case closed, we have developed a friendship. That’s OK with me. I am no longer a trooper, having retired in 2003. He’s retired, too, right?

    Connecticut State Police Detective Sergeant (Retired) Jerry Longo is now a senior investigator for a major casino. As a trooper, he was assigned to several barracks and the Bureau of Investigations. His commendations included one for arresting 105 drunk driving suspects in one year. Other commendations were for Meritorious Service and Outstanding Service -- two life saving and two unit citations.


  • Podcast, Jerry Longo dishes to Ray Dunaway on Louis 12-11-19










  • ICYMI- @TheLaurelCT cites burgeoning interest in @LouistheCoinbio


  • Sunday, December 29, 2019

    ICYMI- @TheLaurelCT cites burgeoning interest in @LouistheCoinbio













  • Laurel: ALL SIDES OF THE COIN






  • TheLaurelCT Twitter




  • What is The Laurel?


  • WTIC & WVOX podcasts on Louis book


  • Louis the Coin book website




  • Federal prosecutor's 2019 sentencing memo cites book [PAGES 3-16], some of Louis' exploits


  • QUICK EXCERPTS, SENTENCING MEMO:

    The Author’s Note (dated December 9, 2014) sets the theme: Did I really sit at the right hand of Raymond in Providence? Did I really soak the sheets with red wine in a week of partying with three young women in Rome? Did that police chief really thank me for fixing my speeding ticket going 140 mph in a Lamborghini – after the event made the nightly news???

    ... at the age of 22, he created cheap models of the Vatican-owned statue “Pieta” by Michelangelo and sold them to avid church members outside the 1964 World Fair in New York. (p. 44)

    COLAVECCHIO took pride in duping any system at all, including “Ma Bell.” (Chapter 8). In the age of pay phones, COLAVECCHIO made and sold “black boxes” a device that allowed users to place long distance calls free of charge.






    At 77 years of age, with a variety of medical conditions that he claimed are debilitating, and after being granted pretrial release, COLAVECCHIO soon tested positive for cocaine. When confronted about his drug use by his supervising probation officer, he denied addiction, refused treatment, and explained that the drugs were just for sex.