Richard Margittay

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.

Jun 26, 2015
Carnival racketeering is endemic throughout the United State and has been for years. Carnivals have close ties to not only organized crime but to local law enforcement. Carnival midways are the only venues in the United States where local police departments allow carnival lots...