Baltimore Homicide Icon, Terrence Mclarney Replaced as Head of Murder Police

Appparently, McLarney left his car in a ditch back in March, which might be a symptom of a larger personal issue.  I will say that T.P. Mclarney was definitely one of my favorites from David Simon’s “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets”.  When “Homicide, Life on the Streets was developed for TV, some of the characters were obviously based on their literary doppelgangers.  Tim Baylis was Tom Pellegrini, Frank Pembleton was Harry Edgerton, etc.  McLarney seemed to be dispersed through the characters.  I will say that there was some McLarney in Ned Beatty’s portrayal of Bolander, but even Bolander was inspired more by Donald Worden.

I’m a little off my original inspiration for posting this, but I wish Terrence McLarney the best.

June 15, 2011

McLarney “no longer head of Baltimore homicide unit”

Not mentioned among the command leadership changes in the Baltimore Police today is that Major Terrence McLarney is out as commander of the homicide unit. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed the change, but said he did not have additional information including whether McLarney was retiring or taking another assignment. He said the department does not comment on personnel moves.

McLarney has headed the unit since July 2008, and has been a homicide detective since at least the late 1980s, when he played a prominent role in David Simon’s book “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.” McLarney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Major David Engel will take his place on an interim basis, and Guglielmi said the department would conduct a national search for his replacement.

Here’s a quote from McLarney from “Homicide,” where he is trying to convince a fellow detective not to quit:

“You’re a cop, Donald. [Expletive] the bosses, don’t even think about the bosses. They’re always going to be [expletive]ed up and that’s all there is to it. So what? So [expletive] them. But where else are you going to go and be a cop?”

McLarney and David Simon on left

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I'm one nifty dude who is fascinated by his hometown; Baltimore, MD. It is persistently beautiful and ugly and I wish to live nowhere else ever again.
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