Murtagh first gained national attention for his first hand account of the Weather Underground's 1970 firebombing of his family home published by City Journal (http://www.city-journal.org/2008/eon0430jm.html).
Early on the morning of February 21, as his family slept, three gasoline-filled firebombs exploded at their home on the northern tip of Manhattan, two at the front door and the third tucked neatly under the gas tank of the family car.
That same night, bombs were thrown at a police car in Manhattan and two military recruiting stations in Brooklyn. The next morning the Murtagh family saw three sentences graffiti on the sidewalk: Free the Panther 21; The Viet Cong have won; Kill the pigs.
For the next 18 months, the young John went to school in an unmarked police car. His mother, a schoolteacher, had plainclothes detectives waiting in the faculty lounge all day. His brother saved money because he didn't have to rent a limo for the senior prom: The NYPD did the driving, according to the New York Daily news.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign Murtagh appeared on numerous national radio and television programs including Fox News Channel's The Greta Van Susteren Show and Hannity and Colmes discussing Obama's ties to Ayers.
John Murtagh has been the voice of civic reform and transparent government in Yonkers for nearly two decades.
He co-chaired the Yonkers Committee for Term Limits in 1994, leading the successful fight to make Yonkers one of the first municipalities in New York State to impose term limits on elected officials. Over the past seven years, he has fought to cut spending and end overtime abuse, and has been the leading conservative voice in local government.
He has been married for twenty-four years to Margaret Murtagh, a nursery school director. The Murtaghs have two sons – John, 23 and James, 19.
He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.