Larry [his father], who appeared to be calling the shots, hired and fired half a dozen lawyers.Levitt also critiques Ray Kelly's book. I'm probably never going to read it, so I'll take Levitt's word:
Over the years, their behavior became increasingly bizarre. For months at a time they would disappear. They continually changed their phone numbers. At one point, one of the lawyers asked Frank Serpico, who lived nearby and had befriended them, to track them down.
Serpico also struggled in dealing with Larry, who, it turned out, had been a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas and had sued that police department on grounds similar to Adrian’s in New York. His claims were dismissed in 2000 by a Texas Appeals court, records show.
Serpico is no longer in contact with him or Adrian.
So what to conclude? One thing we can say with certainty is that Adrian Schoolcraft is no Frank Serpico.
In the end what tarnished Kelly’s legacy was his own ego, his running the NYPD for 12 years as Management by Narcissism. He refused to listen to others, and took no responsibility for his misjudgments. His stated conviction of protecting the city was belied by his bitterness and vindictiveness. Like others before him, his tragedy was he had started to believe his own news clippings.