"When I first came on the Portland PD," says Officer Loren Christensen, "skid row was a Wild West show nearly as insane as Saigon, where I had just spent a year. Its wine-soaked streets were teeming with drunks, dopers, jackrollers, pimps, crazies, fighters and killers, all crammed into a filthy 12-square-block area where violence was an hourly event and death loomed nearly every bloody night."
With honesty and flair, Christensen offers a rare curbside glimpse into the gritty urban world of skid row. In this colorful tribute to the cops who have worked skid row, as well as the characters who have lived there, Christensen preserves for all time that place where, for decades, man's inhumanity to man revealed itself in a million sordid stories.
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PART ONE: THE FIRST FEW DAYS
Chap 1: Flying there
Chap 2: Door gunners and policing for cigarette butts
Chap 3: Welcome to Saigon
Chap 4: Python
Chap 5: Culture shock
Chap 6: Dead men’s gear
PART TWO: "ROUTINE DAYS"
Chap 7: Day after day
Chap 8: EOD
Chap 9: Skylight
Chap 10: Cobra
Chap 11: Bob Hope
Chap 12: Papa-san and the ammo truck
Chap 13: Dead mama-san
Chap 14: Jail window
Chap 15: “Karate number one”
Chap 16: Sampson
Chap 17: 100-P alley
Chap 18: 200-P alley
Chap 19: The swimming pool
Chap 20: “Dance to the Music”
Chap 21: Drugs
Chap 22: Tracer rounds
Chap 23: Puff the magic dragon
Chap 24: Almost a coup
Chap 25: Vietnam blues
Chap 26: Tension
Chap 27: A shaky fork
Chap 28: Illusions of relief
Chap 29: Korean Marines
Chap 30: AFVN radio: “Goooood morning, Vietnaaaaaam”
Chap 31: “I’m not a crook”
Chap 32: Running Code 3
Chap 33: Fire
Chap 34: Riot
Chap 35: Power and rank: a deadly mix
Chap 36: The vision
Chap 37: Screams
Chap 38: Meyerkord Hotel
Chap 39: Resisting arrest
Chap 40: Letters
Chap 41: One GI who went home and came right back
There is a truth in the world of hand-to-hand combat that too many martial artists aren;t aware of or refuse to believe: Every time you discover a sure-thing technique, one that makes all your training partners groan and writhe in agony, there exists out there in the mean streets, a host of people who won t feel it. People like these: *
Attackers with large muscle bulk or large fat bulk, * Attackers intoxicated on alcohol, * Attackers under the influence of drugs, * Attackers out of control with rage, * Attackers who are mentally deranged, * Attackers who feel pain but like it.
This book isn't about working out with a training partner it s about surviving a desperate street attack against a nightmare who doesn t acknowledge what you thought was your best shot.
* “A true warrior and a gifted and prolific author, Loren gives the reader a deep and illuminating insight into his experience that changed his life and subsequently led him toward helping others through his writing. Policing Saigon is a powerful book.”
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
* Military Policeman Loren Christensen takes the reader on a gritty, moving, and intense ride-a-along in Saigon, Vietnam.
K.F., Afghanistan War veteran
Policing Saigon isn’t Platoon or Apocalypse Now, but the story of Loren W. Christensen's experience as a military policeman (MP) in a city of millions at a time when chaos and fear reigned.
As a 23-year-old from a small town in Washington State, the author was plunged into a chaotic city of brawling servicemen, prostitutes, racial violence, enemy rockets, riots, and death. It was a place that would give him a unique opportunity to see up close a different side of the Vietnam War and its effect on the human condition.
Nearly 80 stories collectively convey the author’s experiences, and his arc—from naive to jaded, angry, confused, anxious, and bone-weary exhausted—is representative of so many GIs who served in the Vietnam War as well as those veterans of today’s conflicts around the globe.
Bestselling author of over 50 books, retired cops Loren W. Christensen asked men and women in uniform—police officers, sheriff deputies, SWAT, command, correction officers, and MPs—to convey their experiences with the paranormal. These are veteran officers that have been there and done that, but on one or more occasions they were confronted with the unexplained ...
Here are some of the stories within.
Vanished Hospital Morgue
Trapped The Man In The Window
Dead Man Walking The Stabber
Dead Man's Cane The Faceless Mannequin
A Touch Of Thanks White Eagle
The Snitch Strange Place
The Couple Forest Lawn Cemetery
The Warning Scratches
The Light A Sign In Twisted Metal
Wrong Number The Voice
Ghost Prisoner Shot Four Times
Tower 7 Paranormal In The News
Close Encounters Of The Second Kind
"A ground-breaking examination of what it takes to perform, cope and survive in the toxicity of deadly combat as a soldier in a foreign land and a police officer in the mean streets of urban America." It really is all that, and more..."
"Outstanding isn't a strong enough word to describe it. If you are a soldier, a police officer, a martial artist, the holder of a concealed weapons permit, or just live in a bad neighborhood you really ought to read this book. Both authors really know what they're talking about, clearly able to articulate hard won wisdom in this well-written and comprehensive tome.
Their thought-provoking, insightful work definitively examines every aspect of the psychology and physiology of deadly conflict.
MUSINGS ON VIOLENCE
By Loren W. Christensen
Skinhead Street Gangs reveals a subculture of young racist skinheads who harass, intimidate, assault, and kill because of the victim's skin color, sexual preference, and religion.
Learn about skinheads' philosophy, clothing, tattoos, music, houses, weapons, and hate targets. How are skinheads associated with the KKK, militia, religious extremists, and Aryan Nations? Learn how they want to take over part of the United States. Should we be concerned about anti-racist skinheads? What can communities do? How can the police prepare for a skinhead march or rally?
Whether you are a concerned citizen or in law enforcement, you need to know about the proliferation of these urban terrorists. This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind text, will enlighten and frighten you.
Skinhead Street Gangs has been used as a reference for a motion picture and three major television documentaries.
Bestselling writer Loren W. Christensen has written many well-reviewed how-to-do books. In Musings on Violence, Loren takes a different approach and conveys his thoughts on training for violence, surviving it as it happens, and managing the aftermath. He also discusses what it means to be a warrior—a martial artist, a cop, soldier, and citizen.
Loren has been a martial artist since 1965. He is an inductee into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame and holds an 8th dan in karate, a 2nd dan in jujitsu, and a 1st dan in arnis.
A 29-year veteran of law enforcement (ret), Loren brawled one-on-one with outlaw bikers, an Olympic Games powerlifter, construction workers, anarchists, crazed dopers, and the violent mentally deranged. As a Military Policeman in war-torn Saigon, Vietnam (then ranked the most dangerous city in the world), he experienced, as he said in a recent interview, “twenty years of violent police work condensed into 12 months.”
In short, Loren knows what he’s talking about.
Many people in America think that gang violence is concentrated in the inner cities of New York, Los Many people in America think that gang violence is concentrated in the inner cities of New York, Los Angeles and other isolated metropolitan areas. They are mistaken, says Loren Christensen, a veteran Portland, Oregon, gang-enforcement officer.
After completing Skinhead Street Gangs, Christensen went back to the streets to see what's happening with gangs. He found that gangs are everywhere and are here to stay - in the big cities and small towns, in the suburbs and the rural areas, on both coasts and in the heartland. His research also showed that gangs are equal-opportunity destroyers. Their members - and victims - are white, black, Hispanic and Asian. His most disturbing discovery was that gangs are nastier than ever. Ten years ago gangbangers fought with fists, clubs and pistols. Now they have lots of incredible firepower, and they don't think twice about using it.
Here, Christensen lets gang members, former gang members and street cops tell you in their own words how gangbangers think, why they are so violent, who they target and what (if anything) can be done to curb the growth of gangs in America.
Veteran street cop Loren Christensen explores one of the most frightening yet fascinating occurrences of modern society: riots. In Riot, Christensen leads you deep inside angry mobs and brings you along with the cops who clash head-to-head with them in the streets to show you in riveting detail what a riot is, how and why it happens, who participates and what it feels like to be in the middle of one. You will learn about:
Through his own experiences as a military and big-city police officer on the front lines of riots; interviews with protestors, cops, reporters, prison guards and a host of other players; and the words of experts on crowd psychology and mob violence, Christensen paints a graphic portrait of the riot experience in the streets of America and around the world.
Pocket-sized book that highlights the characteristics of the various street gangs: black, white, hispanic, Southeast Asian, and Hispanic.
From training tips and first person accounts by officers who have survived deadly threats, to the impact on the officers' familes and traumatic incident debriefings, this remarkable book offers a wealth of information about deadly force encounters. It is a must read for officers, command staff, mental health professionals and citizens.
Shocking personal accounts of officers and their families
The Survival Triangle: Physical, legal, psychological
The nature of police work and violence
Mastering the psychobiology of fear
Perceptual, memory and cognitive distortions during traumatic events
The 4 R's of deadly force training
Recognition and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
Making yourself stress resistant
The four tyupes of traumatic incidents
Helping officers' families
Administrative guidelines for agencies
Peer support recommendations
Guidelines for investigators on investigating shootings and interviewing officers
The components of a comprehensive officer survival program
PART THREE: LOSING IT
Chap 42: Silencer
Chap 43: Hangman
Chap 44: Johnny Walker Black
Chap 45: Escaped prisoner
Chap 46: The punch
Chap 47: Death of the spirit
Chap 48: Grenade
PART FOUR: PROSTITUTES
Chap 49: “Boom-boom number one”
Chap 50: Clap
Chap 51: Peter
PART FIVE: THE INDIGENOUS
Chap 52: A fellow martial artist
Chap 53: A most excellent shot
Chap 54: “Everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout me”
Chap 55: China girl
Chap 56: Date night
Chap 57: The old gravedigger
Chap 58: Altered states: the Buddhist temple
Chap 59: Dog sex and an alligator baby
PART SIX: STREET CHILDREN
Chap 60: A Tu Do paperboy
Chap 61: Cemetery kids
Chap 62: Country kids
PART SEVEN: HOME: THE FIRST YEAR
Chap 63: “We gotta get out of this place”
Chap 64: Mom and dad
Chap 65: “You’re home now”
Chap 66: Small adjustments
Chap 67: Martial arts
Chap 68: “Your name Christensen?”
Chap 69: First-year triggers
PART EIGHT: TEN YEARS AFTER
Chap 70: Some talked about, some didn’t
Chap 71: “I have to get more guns”
Chap 72: The power of smell
PART NINE: 40 YEARS LATER
Chap 73: Recognizing and Recognition
Chap 74: Vietnamese at home
Chap 75: Agent Orange: And the hits just keep on comin’
Chap 76: Fire, blood, and paint
Chap 77: Army vet spends his days comforting the dying
By Loren W. Christensen.
The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion.
The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Grossman's controversial thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young.
On Killing is an important study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.
Whether you re a law enforcement officer wanting to improve your edge or a martial artist wanting to expand your knowledge of street proven techniques, you will find Defensive Tactics: Modern Arrest and Control Techniques for Today's Police Warrior is filled with invaluable information.
Written by a retired cop and high-ranking martial artist who survived all that the mean streets threw at him while working patrol, gang enforcement and dignitary protection, Defensive Tactics goes beyond what is taught in the academy, officer's in-service training, and what is allowed by the administration. BONUS: Includes a chapter on proven ways to control a suspect on the ground written by LAPD officer Mark Mireles, an MMA coach, police academy trainer, and wrestling champ.
From a Review:
"This book is about the nature of combat; it is not an instruction manual about specific techniques. Instead of techniques, the book is filled with truths about mental preparation and the winning attitude.
"There are two major, and few shorter chapters in the book. The main chapters discuss training mainly from instructor's point of view, and defense against deady threat. These two chapters cover about two thirds of the book. In other chapters Christensen presents main principles and concepts of combat, discusses the nature of combat, tells how to create witnesses, and so on. The text is filled with humor and witty cop stories from real life, making the book fun to read.
"I think that while reading the book can be useful to anyone interested in real-life self defense, it is self defense instructors who benefit most from it. And everyone can have a good time reading it."