Real Name: Martin L. Ganz
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Manhattan Beach, California
Date: December 27, 1993
Details: On December 27, 1993, 29-year-old police officer Martin Ganz took his 12-year-old nephew out on patrol. At around 11PM, they pulled over a gray Datsun van, suspecting that the driver was drunk. As Ganz approached, the man shot him several times, and he died soon after. The shooting occurred in front of a bank and an ATM machine with surveillance cameras, but all the camera showed was the vehicle driving away. Police brought in a computer image enhancement company called Cogni-tech, hoping it could enhance the video and find more information about the suspect's vehicle.
Suspects: Cogni-tech determined the vehicle's bumper had been damaged, and that the front license plate was tilted and badly bent in the upper left corner.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the May 5, 1995 episode.
Results: Solved. Eight months after the murder, a man named Roger Brady was arrested. Police found that his car matched the suspect's vehicle and that it also had a damaged bumper. In his trunk they found a license plate with a noticeable bend in the upper left corner. Brady was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
- Martin Ganz Memorial Webpage
- Martin Ganz on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
- Manhattan Beach Officer Is Fatally Shot
- 2,500 Fellow Officers at Funeral for Ganz
- Death Sentence Upheld for Killer of Manhattan Beach Cop
- Fiancee of slain Manhattan Beach police officer Martin Ganz recoils at death penalty ruling
- Martin Ganz at Find a Grave