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James J. Horan, 88

New York City Detective

Worked on the Son of Sam Investigation

Died November 23, 2022

A retired detective captain of the New York Police City Department, James J. Horan, 88, of Montgomery Township, died Wednesday, November 23 at home.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, he had been a resident of Staten Island for 60 years. Jim retired from the NYPD in 1979. Jim had served as commander of the NYPD Crime Lab, where he received a commendation from New York Mayor Abraham Beame for his participation in the Son of Sam investigation. His last post before retirement was as commanding officer of the 123rd Precinct in Tottenville.


Jim was a lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of City University of New York. He was a board member of the American Society of Question Document Examiners and the American Academy of Forensic Science, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus.


Son of the late James M. and Margaret (Taylor) Horan, he is survived by his wife of 62 years Marilyn (Nee) Horan, three sons and three daughters-in-law: James P. and Jennifer Horan, George and Michelle Horan, Michael and Diane Horan, a sister Margaret Hofmann, and six grandchildren: Teresa, Brigid, James, Michael, Timothy, and Stephen.


The funeral will be held 8:30 am on Wednesday, November 30, at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Wednesday, November 30, at St. Patrick's Church, 53 St. Patricks Place, Staten Island, NY. Burial will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 29, from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7pm to 9 pm at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities.

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