Richard Margittay, a retired career law enforcement officer from the Dearborn Police Department (Michigan), is a police-trained specialist in carnival game enforcement. Having a desire to research and expose lawlessness on carnival midways, he has authored two books on the subject: Carnival Games: The Perfect Crimes 2009, and Carnival Games: $10,000,000,000 Hoodwink Racket, 2011 (Xlibris). Margittay, a native New Yorker and graduate of Western Michigan University (Sociology), is also a professional sports photographer with photo credits in books and several national magazines including Sports Illustrated. Serving in the Michigan Army National Guard and Army Reserves, Margittay is a retired commissioned infantry officer. In 2011, Margittay was sued for $100,000 in Federal court by a $150 million/year carnival corporation and its CEO for referring to their swindling carnies as “crooks and serial criminals.” The case was dismissed.
Acknowledgment: The author wishes to express his appreciation and give special thanks to Maria Buffa, who saw the possibilities and helped to give this article its shape.