Conor FlahertyDate of birth:
20th March 1903Character archetype:
Conor is the third generation of Irish emigrates that moved from Co. Tipperary during the time of the famine. He was born and reared in New York but still manages to have an Irish accent that blends with his thick New York one. His great-grandfather had joined the police force when he had arrived in 1845, when the New York police department was first forming.
He spent his life in the Bronx, watching rival gangs growing daily and listening as his father, uncles and grandfather (also cops) returned home with tales of the violence that was gripping New York. He always knew he would join the police force and couldn't wait, he married his child hood sweetheart, Mary Flynn and had three children. Mary was a full time house wife but took care of another child for some extra money. It was needed, a police man's salary was barely enough for a single man to live on let alone raise a family on.
With the war in Europe raging, times got harder and Conor was drafted. He survived and returned from the war with medals of valour only to find that The Bronx was not the same place he had left behind. When once those that lived there were of Irish, German, Jewish and Italian descent, there was now African Americans and Hispanic Americans moving in. He got his old job on the force back again but because of his military service moved up through the ranks far swifter than he might otherwise have done.
As times after the war were hard, it became the norm to take hand outs to let minor misdemeanors slide. Soon cops were noting how this extra income helped a great deal and while some did it to make home life a little more comfortable, others did it to get ahead in the force. Organised crime became a way of life and soon the majority of the New York Police Department were taking hand outs from various warring mafia factions.
Conor Flaherty put his oar in with one particular family run by Charlie "Lucky" Luciano. When the rumours of the million dollar necklace begin to surface, he is called in to check out how truthful these rumours are because no matter how lucrative organised crime is, anything that can be fenced for that kind of money is worth having.