SPI in the Media

SPI featured in the New Yorker

Comedian Zachary Kanin mingled with SPI members at their monthly dinner in the wood-panelled back room of Forlini’s and wrote a humorous column about the experience in the Dec. 13, 2010 issue of the New Yorker. To read it, click here.   To see the video, click here.


Since SPI’s inception, in 1956, networking and professional education have been at the core of its mission. According to the group’s former president Charles Iadanza, to become a full member of SPI you must have completed at least five years of investigative service in law enforcement or seven years as a licensed private investigator.

Iadanza, an investigator for the city, sat at a table rearranging his silverware. He recalled a case from his homicide-unit days: “I had a witness I was trying to find who went by the name of Boogaloo. He weighed over three hundred pounds, and he slept in a coffin that he kept in a hearse. And he ate only raw fish.” He pushed his wineglass forward an inch. “But he was the nicest guy you ever met.


SPI in the New York Times

From the New York Times’ reportage on SPI published on March 24, 2008:

“In addition to active and retired law enforcement agents, the society, which was established in 1956 and meets once a month, includes lawyers who work in an investigative capacity and several genealogists, who help track down missing witnesses, lost heirs, delinquent debtors and people who jump bail.

“It looks like Skull and Bones,” Bruce Sackman said, referring to the secret society at Yale. A retired federal agent who has put a doctor and a nurse who were serial killers behind bars, he is now the senior investigator at Mount Sinai Medical Center dealing with fraud and employees who steal patients’ identities. Observing the room, Mr. Sackman, in a pink silk tie, added, “It’s like a 1970s mafia movie.”