Q & A

As everyone knows, I co-authored “DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE” with Ellie Janssen.  After many years, I finally wrote: “DAVID JANSSEN~Our Conversations” in two volumes. There was so much I had to just leave out.  I have corresponded with many, many of Dave’s devoted fans and found many of you have questions about his persona, his life”off-screen” that have not been answered or even touched on in the books.  Here, I invite you to ask questions, and if I can provide you with a factual answer, I will be pleased to do so.  Please feel free to e-mail me directly if you desire.


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42 thoughts on “Q & A

  1. Mary Shanahan, Dublin, Ireland

    Hello Mike, As you will know being a devoted fan of Davids’ I have read ‘OUR CONVERSATIONS’ a couple of times. I often thought about the time he spent in the Mc. Kinley Home and how unhappy he was there. His Mother Bernice claimed in an interview that he was”ONLY” there for 1 year and that David told lies. Of course I believe what David said he was there from the age of 9 until he was 12. Why do you think she felt the need to lie about it, was she ashamed? I know you met Bernice, did the subject ever come up ?

    Thanks Mike, keep working for David, he is watching over you.

  2. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

    David loved his mother, however, she had hurt him, deeply when she placed him in the McKinley Home for Boys for THREE YEARS. Then, as he was a struggling “Contract Player” at Universal Studios, and during his 2 years service in the U. S. Army, of course, he was struggling financially. She would “lend” him money, which he always repaid. However, he was SHOCKED when (after he was in his third season of “DIAMOND” and had married Ellie – whom she did not approve of), she showed him a LEDGER BOOK, and it contained every DIME she had lent him through the years, including postage stamps for letters she sent him at Fort Ord), and it showed a balance just under $300! He felt she did that to embarrass him in front of Ellie. He promptly wrote her a check for nearly double and told her “consider this “paid in full, with interest.” He continued to help her financially until he married Dani, who put a stop to it. I think his financial support was in his mind, a feeling of obligation. I do believe the clause in his Will, leaving his mother $1.00 was true. He felt abandoned by her, he loved Gene Janssen as if he were his real father and he was devastated when his mother divorced Gene. When Ellie and I interviewed Berneice, my thoughts were she was not stating facts, but stating HER “facts”, and she believed it herself. It reminded me of Ellie and how conflicted Ellie’s memories were and what Dave had discussed the same incidents, people, etc. that Ellie was dictating to me for her Memoir.

    Thank you for being a devoted fan of Dave’s.

    Have a great evening,

    Mike Phelps

  3. Pearl


    I have finished reading “My Fugitive” prior to beginning reading your two books of recollections of Dave. After Ellie’s memoir, I am definitely looking forward to reading your own impressions.

    I believe I read that you said in an interview that after initially struggling with Ellie’s words and impressions about Dave, that you finally just decided to simply write what she said, and not to challenge any of her observations … or something to that effect. Writing her words apparently also provided even more motivation for you to write your own books about Dave.

    After reading Ellie’s memoir, I am struck by a number of things. As I have often done in the past when I want to address a number of specific points and questions, rather than just include all of them in one, long email, I will bullet each of the items and then go into more depth after each one.

    If you had been allowed to really edit Ellie’s memoir, rather than just write what she dictated, how might you have handled the following …

    · It takes almost three full chapters for there to be any mention of all of David Janssen in the book, even though the title is “My Fugitive”.

    o While I understand that Ellie had a life before David, might it not have been appropriate to at least provide an introduction somehow relating that this book is about her relationship with David, but first, she wants to provide some background on herself?
    · The first few chapters,, and really the whole book, come across as quite self-indulgent. Her recounting of her relationship with Frank Sinatra is just full of questions.

    o Were you ever able to do any verification of what she had to say about Frank? I assume that Frank was already dead by the time you wrote this memoir for her?
    o Was there ever any attempt to verify her story about aborting Frank’s baby but never telling Frank about it?
    o Given Frank’s megastar status, I struggle to completely believe that Ellie was so, almost indifferent and cavalier about their relationship – like it was fun, but it was really no big deal.
    o Do you know whether Frank ever addressed his relationship with Ellie in any of his memoirs?
    · The first few chapters end in almost a stereotypical cliff hanging comment, intending I suppose to lead the reader to the next chapter.

    o Examples: Chapter I: “… a dark cloud would soon cast its pall over my life.”
    Chapter II: “But my life was about to be energized in a way I would dread.”
    Chapter IV: “My heart was pounding as I raced to pick up the phone.”
    o Was this Ellie’s specific desire to do that? It seems more like an amateur’s attempt to artificially create interest, or even suspense. Granted, you were very new to writing at that point, but I’m wondering if those may have been Ellie’s suggestions?

    Other questions about the book’s content.
    · The recounting of the events leading up to Dave asking Ellie to marry her seem a bit, if not unbelievable, at least once again self-indulgent on Ellie’s part.

    o Given that Ellie did not seem at all concerned about her relationship with Frank, or Frank’s other relationships, which did not involve marriage, and that she even aborted his child with no apparent thought of asking Frank to even do the “right”” thing, how does that square with her supposed distress at what other people might think about her relationship out of wedlock with Dave?
    o I will be curious to learn what Dave’s thoughts are about the events leading up to his proposal to Ellie. I am sure that those will be related in your first book. In retrospect, I wonder if Dave felt at all manipulated into that marriage? Ellie makes it sound like she gave him every opportunity to back out up until the last minute. Given everything else in the memoir, forgive me if I find that a bit suspect.
    · Did Dave feel as strongly, as apparently Ellie did, that the producers of Richard Diamond would be as opposed to their marriage occurring during the time of production?

    o Was Dick Powell really that upset?
    · I’ll be interested to read any comments Dave had about Suzanne Pleshette. Ellie certainly appears to have been extremely jealous of her even though she admits there may not have been any reason to be.

    I’m looking forward to reading the two books relating your conversations with David.
    Continued good fortune with developing this website for David. Keep up the good work.

    Roger Koehler (aka Pearl)

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Hello, Roger,

      Thank you for your kind words, I believe I can provide factual answers to your questions. Yes, the reactions to Ellie’s memoir, coupled with a few of Dave’s friends and mostly Carol Connors was the prime motivation for me to write “Our Conversations”.

      1. That was a major criticism of Ellie’s memoir – that it was “self-serving.”

      2. Yes, I cringed at the first few chapters – especially about her abortion Mr. Sinatra had no knowledge of. As I relate in “Our Conversations”, me making a call to Mr. Sinatra to beg him to allow Ellie to include that segment in her book took nerves of steel I did not know I had. I had no words planned, did not know IF I would reach him or how he would respond. I can only say, he was a true Gentleman. I do agree with you, her recollections of her affair with him leave many questions, even for me.

      Mr. Sinatra was very much alive when her Memoir was published. She had sent him a copy of the original manuscript. She also sent him a hardcover copy of her book. To my knowledge, he did not respond.

      As for Ellie’s indifference and cavalier attitude of her relationship with Mr. Sinatra, I believe that stems from the fact she was from a wealthy family, was divorcing a multi-millionaire garment manufacturer, and most telling was her relating that Mr. Sinatra was surrounded by many beautiful women. I do not believe Ellie was HIS only “lady of the night” during her time with him in Las Vegas. To my knowledge, Mr. Sinatra has never mentioned Ellie in any public forum.
      As for Ellie’s feeble attempts at creating suspense leading the reader to the next chapter, those are all her words – not the way I would have preferred to proceed. My writing experience was limited to police reports and legal briefs – more of the “Just the Facts, Mam” Jack Webb – “Dragnet” style. LOL

      As for Dave’s proposal, I had to rely on her recollection. Dave and I never had occasion to discuss it.I do know Dave did not know Ellie was 11 years her senior until they applied for a marriage license in Las Vegas.

      Her “distress” at Richard Long and Mara Corday seeing her leave Dave’s cottage one morning, I believe was her attempt at self-indignation. No, Dave did not feel manipulated into their marriage at all. He truly loved her, and that was confirmed to me by the fact their age difference was not important to him. Ellie was taken aback at the William Morris Agency’s objections to their marriage, and according to her, it was Dave who became angry and determined.to make his own personal decisions. Fortunately, soon after, while in New York, one of Ellie’s family friends called Agent Abby Greshler and arranged for Dave and Ellie to meet him when they returned to Hollywood. Abby was impressed with Dave and knew all about him before they met. Abby agreed to be his Agent. The first thing Abby did was get the Morris Agency to release Dave from his contract with them…He then renegotiated Dave’s contract with Dick Powell’s Four Star Productions for the third season of “Richard Diamond”. Dave’s salary went from $750 to $7,500 per episode. Abby and Dave became close friends as well as Abby remaining his Agent for the remainder of his life. Dave looked upon Abby Greshler as his SAVIOR and a strong “father” figure. Gene Janssen was MORE a father in Dave’s eyes than his biological father with whom he had no memory of.

      Dick Powell had little contact with Dave once “Diamond” went into production. They did enjoy a cordial business relationship. Dave always held Mr. Powell in high regard and was grateful for the opportunity he gave him – it was his first “real, big break.”
      I know that Dave really did fall in love with Suzanne Pleshette, and had he been able to divorce Ellie at that time, I have no doubt he would have proposed, and Suzanne would have said “yes!”

      I thank you for being a loyal fan of Dave’s and “THE FUGITIVE”. I do hope you enjoy reading “Our Conversations” and that you will stop by his site from time to time.

      I love your ‘PEARL’S NEW MEXICO BLOG’ on WordPress! Now I understand your nickname “Pearl”. Great Photos and great literary content as well!

      Thank you, with Best Wishes,

      Mike Phelps

  4. Raymond Starman

    I like your new website very much. I like the subject headings for Janssen as well. I will continue to follow it. Anything you need from my book TV Noir:20th Century relating to David I will gladly supply. It’s great that you’re keeping his career and acting reputation alive. Best of luck, talk later.

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Hello, RAY STARMAN,

      As you know, I LOVED your Book, and especially the detailed insights you presented on “THE FUGITIVE” and David Janssen.
      With your permission, I will place your book’s Cover and a link where Dave’s fans can purchase it. I think many of Dave’s
      fans will also be fans of the television series you write so eloquently write about.

      Thank you,

      Mike Phelps

      • Ray Starman

        Mike, thank you so very much. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I will gladly follow your new website and look forward to it Take care

      • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com


        David’s favorite color was blue – any shade. (His Humor).

        He was a voracious reader and read several books per month. He would look at a book’s topic, if he liked it, he bought the book and read it. If he knew nothing of the subject matter, he would definitely read it. He had a wide range of interests, but loved history (since the beginning of time).

        Thank you for being a loyal fan of Dave’s. Have a nice evening.

        Best wishes,

        Mike Phelps

  5. Hazel Renton

    What was David’s favorite color and what kind of books did he likevto read?

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Good Evening, Hazel,

      Dave’s favorite color was blue (“any shade, as long as it’s blue”.

      Dave was a voracious reader and his interests ranged from world history, American History, World War II,
      the classics, novels of every genre, especially true crime, biographies . . . he was so well versed and recalled details of each book long after he had read it. He not only read a book, he absorbed it.



  6. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

    ‘TV NOIR – The Twentieth Century’ By RAY STARMAN.
    Available on Amazon.com – ISBN: 978-1453696002 ONLY $7.95 (Paperback Edition).
    I read the book cover-to-cover and LOVED it!

    • Raymond Starman

      Michael, thank you so much for those encouraging words. Coming especially from you it means a lot to me. I hope to be able to contribute to your website and appreciate any readers who are interested in my book as well. I Look forward to communicating with all of you. I appreciate everyone who welcomed me into your group. Thanks again to Michael and everyone in the group. Take care.

  7. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

    Hi Ray,

    ANY FAN of David Janssen and “THE FUGITIVE” TV series would love the chapter you devoted to him and the series. You worked hard on your research and the side notes no one has matched, Dave would be proud and humbled.

    I URGE his fans and fans of “THE FUGITIVE”, as well as all the classic TV series to get your book. They will surely enjoy it.


  8. Joanne infantino

    Are you planing to write anymore books on David Jansen I’m sure there is more to his story

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Good Morning, Ms. Infantino,
      There is so, so much I felt I had to leave out of “Our Conversations”. As ‘The Final Years (1973-1980) ends with the finality of his shocking death, I still wrestle with “can I write more, include a lot more about his tormented mind during his tumultuous last six years with Dani. I have yet to make a decision.

      The reason for this ‘Q & A’ page on HIS website is to encourage his fans to post questions about Dave and his personality, his state of mind during times of discord with Ellie and Dani. After I relocated to New York City, we saw each other far more infrequent than when I lived in Los Angeles. However, our telephone conversations increased, and of course, we saw each other when he had reason to be in New York.

      Please feel free to post any questions and if I am able to provide you with a factual answer, I will do so immediately.

      Thank you so much for being a loyal and devoted fan of Dave’s. He appreciated his fans much more than they realized. I appreciate your active participation on Louis Carauna’s facebook The Fugitive: TV Series (1963-1967).

      Best wishes,

      Mike Phelps

  9. Anita Brown

    Hey Mike! You already know how much I appreciate you, & for what you did for DJ in his lifetime & what you’ve shared since. Anyhow, got a question for ya. As much as I enjoy watching Harry O, over and over and over (like everything Dave did), I always wondered if David Janssen ever had his own boat?

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com



      THANKS AGAIN, ANITA, FOR ALL YOUR GREAT POSTS, ATTACHMENTS, AND COMMENTS ON THE facebook.com/The Fugitive: The TV Series (1963-1967).


  10. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com


    • Carol Bianchi

      Hi Mike,
      I am sure this date is very memorable for you, and also for us fans. I remember reading how shocked and devasted you were about his sudden death in reading your books on Janssen. So true, David Janssen will be forever Loved and Never Be Forgotten.

      I have read that on February 13th, he passed on @ 5:36am, but was officially publicly pronounced as being passed @ 5:55am. Do you know the exact timing of his passing?
      I recall this date of his passing since I was coming home from my college classes, and in the kitchen of my home, I can vividly remember my Mother and her three sisters sobbing. I had thought something terribly went wrong with my Father. Instead, My Mother told me that David Janssen had died. I remember feeling so sad for days on end. I was a Janssen fan at the age of 9. Got hooked on The Fugitive, but also have many of Janssen’s TV movies and of course his 4 TV series.
      I started to watch again the Harry O series. He appeared to be so relaxed and natural in this series, since he loved being close to the Beach.

      Recently, I checked the online Memorials and there are many “hits” about remembering David . Many have made comments on February 13th and 14th.

      Also, when you have an opportunity, please check out Goodreads site. I had left a comment for you awhile back.

  11. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

    Good Afternoon, Carol,

    Yes, it is a somber day, and the sadness does not diminish with the passing of even 38 years.

    Dave was officially pronounced at 5:55 AM (PMT) in Santa Monica Hospital. An Autopsy performed the following afternoon determined the cause of death to be a massive heart attack. According to a Fire-Rescue Paramedic Lieutenant who had responded and Ellie and I interviewed for her Memoir, they found Dave in bed dressed in blue pajamas, and without Vital Signs. They placed him on the floor and began CPR, also placing an IV in his left arm to begin hydration. After approximately 20-30 minutes, they did get his heart beating. They then placed him in the Ambulance and rushed him to the hospital. The Emergency Room doctors made every attempt to revive him, to no avail, and he was pronounced officially at 5:55 AM.

    That is a touching recollection of your Mother and her sister’s reaction to learning od Dave’s passing. Thank you for sharing it with me. I have heard many similar stories. Dave had over 32 million (estimated at the time) Fans around the world.

    As for “HARRY O”. The series was conceived by Writer Howard Rodman, and the title character was written SPECIFICALLY for DAVID JANSSEN. Now, I have some great news about “HARRY O” and “David Janssen-Our Conversations. Actor Les Lannom, who co-starred with Dave in six episodes of “HARRY O” (as Lester Hodges) and I have teamed up and Les will Narrate an AUDIOBOOK of both Volumes. The most exciting part of this project for me is that Les will insert HIS own memories of working with Dade, having him as his Mentor, Dave’s quick wit, relaxing with him in his Silver Bullet and sharing some good Irish Whiskey. Dave LOVED the role, loved Les as a “little brother” and told me it was his FAVORITE television role.

    Thank you so much, Carol for your interest and continuing to help keep Dave’s memory alive,

    Best Wishes,

    Mike Phelps

    • Carol Bianchi


      Such exciting news about the AUDIOBOOK! I am sure you will notify us fans through this website and other sites, when the AUDIOBOOK is completed and where to purchase it. Yes, I did enjoy seeing Les Lannom on Harry O. I also enjoyed Henry Darrow who was later replaced by Anthony Zerbe. I loved when David on Harry O would open up a beer can, and throw the can tab in the sink or in the ashtray, or just throw the can tab into a fresh can of beer and start to drink it. And also that he never liked having to lock his beach house.
      I never knew that David drank Irish Whiskey-this is so strong. I recall his favorite was Scotch.
      Thank you for your response. And stay safe with the Florida flood waters. That is, if you are still in Miami.

      • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

        Dear Carol,

        Thank you again for your kind words and memories of Dave, especially in “HARRY O”. He LOVED the character which Howard Rodman specifically wrote for him to play. It allowed him to really be himself and mostly, to inject his humor into the role. As Les will explain, there WAS a lot of “Adlib” by Dave diverting from the script. Dave only drank Irish Whiskey on rare occasions. Les is 100% Irish, and he would bring a “jug” to the Silver Bullet on occasion.

        Les has already started on the AUDIOBOOK, and we are very excited about it. I will post all details when it is ready on the fb Fugitive page, and everywhere else I can.

        Thanks again, have a good evening,

        Best Always,


  12. Carol Bianchi

    Hello Mike,

    Today, Philadelphia is having yet another major snow storm. Snow totals are expected to be 8″-12″. I am working remote today and just got a break to ask you more questions on David and also your Books.

    Your Published Books:
    I would like to purchase a second set of David Janssen-Our Conversations, The Early Years and The Final Years. Would I order these books directly from you? I am requesting if at all possible, if you can inscribe each book and autograph each of them. Or would I have to purchase them from Goodreads or Amazon and then send your way to have them inscribed and autographed? If I need to order the books from you, I am registered with Pay Pal. I also want to order for the first time, your book The Execution of Justice also. Let me know if I order this book also from you.

    David Janssen:
    1) How did David obtained his Pilot’s training?

    2) Bernice, the Housekeeper, in Malibu. Is she the same Bernice who was the housekeeper in Trousdale Estates with Ellie and David?

    3) Did you ever get to meet Dani in person while David was living?

    4) How receptive was Bernice Janssen to the explicit stories that Ellie had mentioned about David’s “drinking and womanizing”, in the My Fugitive book? Just wondering since it appears from my readings that Bernice was very protective about David and his reputation.

    5) Did Bernice Janssen star in one of the Harry O episodes- The Admiral’s Lady? I thought I got a glimpse of her wearing a long white coat, white hat, white heels standing near an ambulance in this episode? If not, which episode of Harry O did she play as an extra?

    6) How was Bernice, Jill, and Terri Janssen able to be in some of the shows that David was starring in? I have seen all three of them in not only the Fugitive but also in his made for TV shows.

    7) What was David’s weight fluctuations due from? Was it just his diet or his health? He appeared to be quite bloated in City in Fear TV movie and also Inchon. Just wondering.

    8) David almost had an opportunity to star with Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl, but Omar Sharif was chosen for the role instead. And he also auditioned for Butterfield 8 with Liz Taylor, but Liz wanted her husband, Eddie Fisher to be cast in this movie.
    Did Abby Greshler really pursue to have David cast more for the Hollywood Movies?

    So sad to think that he could not finish The Leper Priest movie. But God Called Him instead.
    I always have a Mass in honor of him on his birthday, March 27th at my Church every year and place flowers in a blue vase next to his picture near my TV during this time.

    Thank you Mike for taking time to read all of my requests.

    Carol Bianchi

    • Mike Phelps

      Good Evening, Carol,

      YES – I see on ABC NEWS that Philadelphia, D. C., and NYC are in the midst on a fourth Nor’Easter! I LOVE SNOW, having relocated to Miami years ago to escape the harsh winters of NYC. I recall my visit to Philadelphia to meet Dave as he was a guest on “THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW” . I love Philly!

      YES, you can order Dave’s books here – just click on “Books about David Janssen”. There is a PayPal button for each of his books. When you order them, just post here (Q&A) how you wish me to sign them, I am happy to do so. You can order “The Execution of Justice” from Amazon, or here (I do not have a PayPal like for it, but you can do so by using PayPal – “Send Money to Friends/Family”, that way there will be no charge to you. The cost of the book is $25.95. I have one left in stock. Free S&H.

      To answer your questions about Dave:

      1.) Dave learned to fly, but NEVER got his pilot’s license – BUT, that never stopped him, mostly between L. A. and Palm Springs.
      2.) YES, BEATRICE is the same Housekeeper/Cook Dave and Ellie employed in their home in Trousdale Estates. Dave LOVED her, and of course, she loved Dave. I can tell you, she was better paid than most in her job.
      3.) No, I never met Dani. I only spoke with her on the phone, and would leave a message for Dave. From what Dave had told me, and what I know – I am glad I never met her.
      4.) Ellie and I interviewed Berneice on several occasions; lunches and dinners. I know Ellie sent her a signed copy of her Memoir – but, I do not know IF she even read it. I know that when we talked with Berneice, she felt Ellie was his “better” wife. LOL
      5.) Yes, Berneice was an “extra” in “The Admiral’s Lady”. Dave managed to acquiesce to her pleas for “work”
      6.) Dave ADORED Jill and Teri and would get them parts in his shows (including his “Made-for-TV” movies. He did so (begrudgingly) for Berneice.
      7.) Dave did have a battle with his weight. When NOT working (which was not often), I believe it was the amount of alcohol that made him gain weight. He never “exercised”, joined a gym, or anything. He was too busy. When he would take on a project, he would go on a “crash diet”, which he hated, but was strict in adhering to the demands.
      8.) YES, he lost the “FUNNY GIRL” role, because BS wanted to work with Omar Sharif. Of coursde, LT wanted Eddie to be her co-star – and it is well known in Hollywood, whatever MISS LIZ wanted, she got. She did like Dave and that too was well known. ABBY GRESHLER was like a “father” to Dave and Dave loved him. He would make recommendations to Dave as to what roles he should or should not take – Dave ALWAYS followed his advice.
      Dave “missed out” on many roles that major studios wanted him for because he was already working on a project, or committed for a project.

      YES, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 would be Dave’s 87TH. BIRTHDAY! It does not seem possible! I can’t believe he was called home by our Lord 38 years ago. I still talk with him every day! THANK YOU for lighting a candle for him!
      I actually do the same. I miss him.

      Best regards,

      mike Phelps

  13. Carol Bianchi

    Please inscribe and autograph the two David Janssen-Our Conversations-Both Volumes. Leaving the inscribed message for your creativity. I went ahead and ordered another My Fugitive Book also tonight. Thanks! Carol

  14. Mike Phelps

    Good Evening, Carol,

    DONE. Posted this morning. Your expected delivery date is Thursday, 29 March 2018.
    Please let me know when you receive them.

    Thank you again, and thanks most of all for being a loyal and devoted fan of David Janssen.

    Best wishes,

  15. Carol Bianchi

    There was a scheduled Mass Service held at my Church today at 7:30am commemorating David’s Birthday. I do this every year on his special day. Never to be forgotten by your many Fans in the USA and Around the World!

  16. Carol Bianchi

    Hi Mike,

    I wanted to let you know that I did indeed receive all (4) books that I ordered. Execution of Justice; David Janssen-Our Conversations- Early Years and Final Years; and My Fugitive. Thank you also for taking the time out of your busy schedule to inscribe a note in the books and autographing them. The David Janssen-Our Conversations – both volumes and also My Fugitive, I ordered these three books as a “second set” for myself. I will soon post my book reviews on this site so that others can view. The Execution of Justice will be the new book for me to read. I am currently reading another true crime book by another author, but once I complete this book, I will dive into your Execution of Justice.

    Have a wonderful and joyous Easter!


    • Mike Phelps

      Dear Carol,

      THANK YOU! I am so happy you received your second set of DAVID JANSSEN BOOKS.
      I will certainly look forward to your Reviews here.

      I do hope you enjoy The Execution of Justice. It is my first effort to write a Detective novel based on the murder of my friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Jack Orhberg, Robbery &Homicide Unit of the Indianapolis Police Department. Jack was murdered on 11 December 1980 as he attempted to arrest a gang of violent murderers and robbers. It was a bad year for me – I lost two good, special friends David Janssen on 13 February and then Jack on 11 December 1980

      I hope you and yours enjoy a nice, peaceful and HAPPY EASTER.

      Warm wishes,


  17. Carol Bianchi


    I just wanted you to be aware that I finally got around to posting book reviews on My Fugitive and David Janssen-Our Conversations, The Early Years and The Final Years on Amazon today.
    My Fugitive= 4 rating
    David Janssen- Our Conversations- Both Volumes- = 5+ rating. I left a brief review for the Early Years, but a Combined Review for both Volumes under The Final Years.

  18. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com


    Thank you so much for your reviews of Dave’s book you posted on AMAZON! Very touching for me.
    I will be posting them here on Dave’s web site and on facebook FUGITIVE page.

    Best wishes,

  19. Roger Crow

    Hi Mike. Loving your books on Conversations with. I’m writing a magazine feature on David and was wondering if you’d be free for a quick chat – you’re an invaluable source of knowledge. Thanks in advance. Best, Roger.

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Hello, Mr. Crow,

      I apologize for the delay in my responding to your query. I am undergoing Chemo Therapy for Lung Cancer at the Miami Verterans Medical Center, and am unable to get on the computer much.

      I would be very pleased to spend some time with you talking about my friend, DAVID JANSSEN.

      If you are still interested, please contact me at: copnovelist1@msn.com, or feel free to call me: (305) 401-8762.

      Best regards,

      Mike Phelps

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Hello, Mrt. Crow,
      IF you are still contemplating, or working on an article about DAVID JANSSEN, I would enjoy speaking with you. You can reach me at: E-mail: copnovelist1@msn.com or by telephone at: (305) 846-3886.

      CLOSER Entertainment Magazine published an article in the 10 February 2020 issue. You can see the article in my post on the Fugitive group page: http://facebook.com/The Fugitive TV Series (1963-1967) or on http://davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Best regards,

      Mike Phelps

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