John G. Woodard
John G. Woodard is a highly decorated twenty-five year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He served the vast majority of his time as a gold shield detective. He was trained in every facet of investigative techniques by the finest police department in the world.
These techniques include effective, proper and legal personal interviewing, the finding, gathering, and handling of physical evidence, various surveillance techniques including motorized, clandestine photographic and the use of electronic measures such as wiretaps and global positioning devices.
In the course of his career, Detective Woodard has conducted and successfully completed numerous investigations spanning the gamut of criminal activity from gambling, prostitution, narcotics, labor racketeering, bank robbery, kidnapping to murder.
Noncriminal investigations conducted by Detective Woodard include missing persons, runaways, emotionally disturbed persons and establishing the cause of death at the request of the New York City Medical Examiners office.
As a result of his widespread and various investigative experiences, Detective Woodard received two promotions within the Detective Bureau.
Upon his retirement, he went to work in the security industry where he was employed by one of the largest building management and security companies in the nation. He was assigned as the Director of Building Security at a class ‘A’ building in the heart of Manhattan. Working with a staff of twenty-four, he secured and control all the entries and exits for persons and parcels.
After successfully completing his tenure at that position, he was promoted to be the managing executive of an account consisting of twenty-three buildings spread over New York and New Jersey. These sites required a workforce of one hundred eighty employees and consisted of some of the largest buildings owned by the federal government.
John is married to his wife of thirty-nine years, Joanne. Together they have two children who have given them four wonderful grandchildren. He is an avid golfer who has traveled from Hawaii to Ireland chasing the little white ball. He uses his love of the sport to stay active in his community by teaching beginning golf.
Raymond M. Berke is a twenty-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and has been working as a Private Investigator for the past eighteen years.
After receiving numerous awards for bravery as a Police Officer, he was promoted to Detective. Over the next fourteen years, he investigated crimes that ranged from grand larceny, rape, and kidnapping to murder.
During the investigation of a multi-million dollar jewel robbery in Midtown Manhattan, Detective Berke became the first New York City Detective to join with London’s Scotland Yard.
The investigation culminated in the arrest and conviction of a close friend of the Royal Family and of Princess Diana. Detective Berke also became the first New York City Detective to testify for the Crown Court in London England.
After returning home to New York, he successfully investigated one of the largest mass murders in New York City history – the College Point Massacre. Written about in all New York Newspapers, the investigation was labeled as “artful, perfect police work.”
In 1996, Detective Berke was recruited to work with the Department of Investigation Squad and investigated highly discreet cases of corruption, theft, and fraud in New York City government for then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Berke has successfully investigated thousands of crimes including hundreds of murder cases, and non-criminal cases such as missing persons, and accidental death investigations.
He has appeared on television shows including The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and BBC Channel 4. He most recently finished filming an episode of Behind the Crime with Paula Zahn. Detective Berke’s cases have made many front page headlines and have been written about in books and magazines.
Detective Berke is the recipient of the Chief of Detectives Achievement Award, a highly coveted honor among New York City Detectives.
Detective Berke was also recognized by the Hasbro Toy Company, makers of G.I. Joe as one of America’s real life heroes.
Before co-founding Woodard and Berke Investigations Inc., he worked as a private investigator for a number of different New York City Firms.
When not working, you can find Ray at a local boxing gym where he trains amateur boxers. He is also one of the coaches of the Suffolk County Police Department Boxing Team.
Detective Berke lives on Long Island with his wife Linda and has three sons.
In November 2013, Detective Berke’s memoir, 6 More Dead was released on Amazon.com and can be ordered through Barnes and Noble Bookstores ( http://www.amazon.com/6-More-Dead-Raymond-Berke-ebook/dp/B00GG2OS5Y )