Martel donated his life in service of the ordinary citizen. Martel worked more than a hundred murder cases in his six years on the homicide squad. A cop like Martel is never off-duty. Here is a story about Martel excerpted from my upcoming book “DETROIT: An American Autopsy.”
Detroit – It’s a bad thing sometimes to give your number to cops because cops like to ruin your sleep. One evening, Detroit homicide detective Sgt. Mike Martel called me while I was curled up on the couch. He said he had a scene I might be interested in. I slid my trousers on and drove to the southwest side.
There was a doctor there who had his Mercedes Benz ruined by his brains splattered all over the leather interior.