• In Memoriam: Sgt. Michael J. McGann

In Memoriam: Sgt. Michael J. McGann

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013


Nov. 5 – We have been informed by the Los Angeles Police Department that retired LAPD detective Michael J. McGann passed away last Friday in Palm Desert, California, due to complications from cancer. McGann was a 1st Lieutenant in the 185th Armored Squadron before he joined the LAPD in May of 1959. He was promoted to Sergeant in February of 1967 and 16 months later was assigned to the special unit investigating the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. McGann investigated the activities of Sirhan Sirhan at the Pasadena and San Gabriel gun clubs, as well as Sirhan’s alleged attendance at Peace and Freedom Party meetings. In August of 1969, McGann found himself on another high profile case, when he was made a lead detective assigned to the Tate murders. During the course of the investigation, McGann interviewed several key witnesses and his tireless work was instrumental in establishing cases against the Tate-LaBianca killers. After his retirement, McGann assisted researchers and also made several television appearances discussing the case. He was 77 years old.

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4 Responses to In Memoriam: Sgt. Michael J. McGann

  1. Joe Rios LAPD Detective says:

    RIP Mr. Michael McGann.
    EOW: November 01, 2013.
    Palm Desert, CA.

  2. Neue Regel says:

    Bugliosi wrote about him in Helter Skelter like he was the worst cop ever

  3. Fred Bloggs says:

    No he didn’t.
    Jess Buckles is the one named cop that really comes off poorly.
    And with good reason !

  4. ew says:

    I worked with you and the guys. You were always nice and polite to me. I loved work with you guys. I miss all of you so much!

    I was shocked that you passed away. You were the best!

    Rest in piece! God needs a special place for people like you!

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