(December 15, 1957-December 25, 1998)
was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
who worked at the
New York Daily News
12 years, beginning with the police beat.
In 1988, McAlary wrote a book, Buddy Boys
, about corrupt
police in New York's 77th Precinct. He also had a hand in writing
the script for the movie Copland
starring Sylvester Stallone
. In the film
directed by Ron Howard
, a columnist character called McDougal
played by Randy Quaid
was said to be
based on McAlary. He had a cameo appearance in the movie.
McAlary won a Pulitzer Prize
exposé of the New York police torture of Abner Louima
in Brooklyn in 1997.
His idols were New York journalists Jimmy
, Murray Kempton
. During his reporting of the
Louima case, McAlary was diagnosed with colon cancer, from which he
died on Christmas Day 1998. McAlary was a resident of Bellport, New York,
at the time of his death.