Nation: Diamond Don v. County Mounty

The sheriff loses the showdown

"I might go down in history as a legend—the biggest high roller ever to be a respected cop." So boasted Donald ("Diamond Don") Gilman, 47, in March 1977 when he was appointed sheriff of Indianapolis. Stocky and balding, Gilman is a high school dropout who claims to have become a millionaire from operating four local health spas. He is noted for his huge roll of banknotes, flashy cars and ostentatious jewelry. He brags about his junkets to Las Vegas, including gambling losses of $30,000 during one weekend.

After Sheriff Lawrence Broderick was killed in an...

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