Mike Sheehan Wiki – Mike Sheehan Bio
Mike Sheehan passed away at the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital on 8 P.M. Friday night after a long battle with cancer, he was 71 years old. He is survived by his wife Denise and daughter Clair.
The former detective was known for investigating the infamous “Central Park Five” and the “Preppy Killer” Robert Chambers. Sheehan joined the NYPD in 1969 and served on the force for 23 years before retiring and becoming a reporter for Fox 5 News.
“He was a great detective,” NYPD Detectives Endowment Association president Michael Palladino told the New York Daily News. “He was one of those old-time detectives that people write the books and make the movies about.” Mike was undergoing treatment for cancer and suffering from kidney problems at the time of his death.
TV news reporter and retired Central Park Five and ‘Preppie Killer’ detective Mike Sheehan dies https://t.co/3hJOnbt8Yx
— Jewel Shears (@fotogem) June 9, 2019
The detective made headlines recently after he was portrayed in When They See Us, a Netflix series that details the “Central Park Five” story. Sheehan and his colleagues received criticism after the series, which portrays the investigation as an attempt by the NYPD and city prosecutors to coerce the young men into confessions, debuted on Netflix. Mike Sheehan is portrayed in the show by William Sadler.
Sheehan succumbed to his illness around 8 p.m. Friday at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, according to Detective Investigators’ Association president Jack Freck, his friend and former partner. He was 71.
Mike Sheehan Career as a Detective
In 1969, Sheehan joined the NYPD where he served the force for 23 years before retiring and becoming a reporter for Fox 5 News for 16 years, from 1993-2009. Michael Palladino, the president of NYPD Detectives Endowment Association told the New York Daily News. “Sheehan was a great detective, he was one of those old-time detectives that people write the books and make the movies about.” At the time of his death, Mike was undergoing treatment for cancer and suffering from kidney problems.
Sheehan dealt with such high-profile cases as the Robert Chambers so-called preppie murder and the controversial Central Park jogger investigation in 1989 that led to five black and Latino teens being convicted of rape and the charges later being vacated.
After Sheehan left the department, he was a cops’ mentor. “Not only did he love being a detective, but he also loved mentoring young cops who aspired to wear the gold shield,” Palladino told The News.
Mike Was a Well-Known Crime Reporter in New York
In 1993, 3 years after leaving NYPD, Mike Sheehan became a reporter for local news station Fox 5. Mike covered crime stories in New York City.
He worked as a reporter from 1993 – 2009 and became a staple of local morning television in New York City. After being let go in 2009, he stayed in the industry, becoming a board member of SAG-AFTRA where, according to his LinkedIn, he “Serves as elected member of Board of Directors representing Actors, broadcasters and performers working in the New York area. One union serving the needs of dedicated professionals.”
Mike Sheehan’s Home Was Robbed in New York City in 2016
After getting out of a cab in front of his apartment, Mike twisted his knee and started hobbling up to his door. Three thieves witnessed this and pretended to “help” Mike up the stairs. One of the thieves distracted him while the two others entered his home and stole $11,000 in valuables including a MacBook Pro laptop, sapphire wedding wing, 2 Michael Kors watches, and a Breitling watch. Michael was unharmed during the incident.
Mike Sheehan Car Crash
He was fired after being arrested for hitting an NYPD horse with his car, he is believed to be under the influence. Mike was allegedly driving his 2008 Mercury at 10 PM when he crashed into a Mounted Unit horse on N. Moore Street in New York City. The crash shattered the driver’s side window and injured the officer and the horse. The officer suffered cuts, bruises, and scrapes to the hind thigh and knee.
Another Dead Former NYPD also Fox News on-air personality
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At the crime scene, Sheehan refused a breathalyzer hence thereafter was arrested. He was slurring his words and smelling booze, the investigating officers said. He denied the allegations and claimed that the horse ran into him. “It is Mr. Sheehan’s position that the horse ran into his car,” his lawyer Thomas Monaghan said in 2009. “He did nothing wrong. Mr. Sheehan is going to be vindicated.”
Mike Sheehan Contract Termination
Following the incident, Fox 5 News terminated his contract, when Mike was eventually sentenced to five days of community service, lost his driver’s license for 90 days and was fined $500.
Sheehan told the Daily News at the time, “It was a kick in the chest. Sixteen years I’ve been there. I can’t believe it. Apparently, they want to terminate me based on this ridiculous accident.” Sheehan later pleaded guilty to driving drunk and slamming into the horse.
Mike Sheehan Backlash with Netflix “When They See Us”
The Central Park jogger case has been under renewed public scrutiny since the release of the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us.” Director Ava DuVernay’s take on the headline-grabbing rape case has ignited a firestorm of indignation, most notably over Manhattan prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein’s handling of the case. On Friday, Fairstein’s publisher cut ties with her.
The Netflix show When They See Us has caused a significant backlash for most of the living investigative team from the “Central Park Five” case. The show portrays NYPD detectives, including Sheehan, and chief investigator Linda Fairstein as coercing the teens into confessions while knowingly ignoring the facts of the case.
Recently Linda Fairstein was dropped by her publisher following the show and has deleted her social media accounts and resigned as after receiving significant criticism. Sheehan and the other detectives also received some criticism but have largely been ignored by the media.
Mike Sheehan Last Day at Work
Sheehan was also the AFTRA shop steward at Ch. 5, besides being a reporter. He also continued to lecture on investigations to police groups.
His departure comes during a time of great upheaval at most of the local television stations, all of which are dealing with a depressed advertising marketplace and changing audience viewing patterns.
— Caprice Corbett (@capricecorbett) June 9, 2019
Ch. 5 is in negotiations with the union representing off-camera staffers with cuts expected in those ranks, and a handful of off-camera people had previously been released.
I’m not going anywhere,” Sheehan said Friday. “I’m hoping to God, I can report for someone else in New York.
“I feel bad,” he added. “I know I had a lot of fans. I love telling New York stories.…I’ll be back. I’m not going away.”