NEW YORK: Gesture of Defiance

Handsome Police Captain John G. Flynn had been questioned by the Brooklyn grand jury, presumably about gambling and police graft in his precinct. He had neither been indicted nor recalled for further examination. But one day last week, 49-year-old Captain Flynn, a World War I Navy veteran, showed up at his 68th Precinct Station, retired to his quarters and shot himself through the head. In a note which he left, he denied that his death had anything to do with gambling or money matters; he chose suicide, he wrote, because of "a...

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