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Father-son duo, authors of ‘Justifiable Homicide’ to speak Oct. 26 at Cayuga CC Fulton Campus

DATE: 10-12-2011

A 17-year veteran of the New York Police Department has his gun aimed on the man seeking to kill his brother, but will he pull the trigger? The thrilling novel, Justifiable Homicide (Ballantine Books, 2000), explores the states of mind necessary to commit intentional murder in today's society. Does justification for murder unfold in a progression of smaller rationalizations? How different are the motivations and rationalizations of the criminal who plots murder or the police officer who considers homicide?

Authors Bernard and Jon Whalen will discuss their novel and the experiences that led them to the writing of this novel. They will speak from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 26 in the Business and Industry Center and at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Fulton Campus, 806 West Broadway, Fulton, N.Y. The authors will be available for a book signing after the events.

The son, Bernard Whalen, is a lieutenant in the New York Police Department (NYPD) with more than 18 years of service. During his career, he has worked in New York City's Harlem, East Side, and Chinatown and in the plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit. He has 16 department recognition awards, including two Commendations, and is a member of the NYPD Honor Legion.

His father, Jon Whalen, retired as a teacher from Manhasset High School on Long Island after 30 years in the classroom. While attending college, he worked as a New York State corrections officer at Sing Sing and Auburn prisons. He served four years in the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Cav. Regt. in Germany, and he now resides in Auburn, N.Y.

The Whalens are currently working on their second novel. Bernard Whalen has also written a short story, "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," and several articles, including one for the Chief of Police, the official publication of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Literary Club, the Criminal Justice Club, the Fulton Campus Library, and the Cayuga Community College Foundation are sponsors of the event. The talk is also made possible in part by the Noreen and Michael J. Falcone Lecture Fund, which has brought to Cayuga Community College outstanding individuals to speak to the campus and surrounding communities since 1996.

For more information, contact Literary Club President Tracy Elkin at or Literary Club Advisor and Professor Pat McCurdy at or 315-592-4143.