Detectives are the unsung heroes of crime fighting. They spend hours, days, weeks, and sometimes years following a lead or a hunch to find the truth. They are motivated by the need to bring justice to those who have been wronged or lost their lives in some way. Detectives have existed as long as there has been crime, and they have evolved with society. Of course, there are detectives in books and movies, but we wanted to take a look at five real-life detectives who were better than fiction.

Ellis Parker 

Ellis Parker was an Australian detective who solved many cases, but he never stopped looking for his own daughter.

Ellis Parker was an American detective who solved many cases. He had a knack for finding criminals and solving the mysteries behind their crimes. However, Ellis’s daughter went missing, and he never stopped seeking her whereabouts.

Ellis was known throughout the United States as a brilliant detective who often received letters asking for advice from other professional lawmen.

Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith

Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith are two detectives who work for the NYPD.

Izzy is a highly intelligent and observant detective, whereas Moe is a more emotional detective. They have to work together in order to solve crimes that they come across.

The two of them gained a reputation for creating a sort of disguises that enabled them to hide in plain sight and evade their counterpart. Their method for catching criminals was praised as being a pure genius, plus a vast knowledge of speaking foreign languages and an understanding of how things were being run in the New York City underworld. They managed to arrest over 4,000 criminals over their careers.

Ignatius Pollaky 

Ignatius Pollaky was a Hungarian-born detective who is credited with helping to pioneer the use of modern investigative techniques.

Pollaky spoke six languages, and he was fluent in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. He was also able to converse in Italian and Hungarian. His knowledge of other languages helped him when he was working with the police as a translator.

In 1860 Pollaky solved the Road House Murder case, which had been baffling Scotland Yard for months. The killer turned out to be an Irishman named Daniel O’Leary, who had been living under an alias as Michael Murphy for years. Pollaky found him by tracing his movements back through his aliases and following his trail of bank deposits.

Raymond C. Schindler


Raymond C. Schindler is a detective who discovered the use of the dictograph and was an early pioneer in the field of detection.

Raymond C. Schindler is a detective who discovered and pioneered the use of the dictograph, which was a device that recorded sound on a wax cylinder or disc and was an early pioneer in the field of detection.

For a while, he was the only one that had exclusive rights to use the dictograph, which is a type of recording device that he used to solve multiple homicide cases. After his death in 1959, Raymond’s name was already synonymous with greatness in the field of detection.

William E. Fairbairn 


William E. Fairbairn was the head of the SMP from 1927-40 and is the world’s first SWAT team Defendu, a close-quarters combat fighting system. He also trained officers in the use of firearms, self-defense, and hand-to-hand combat.

Fairbairn left a lasting legacy on law enforcement through his training programs for police officers and his work with military personnel during World War II.


Detectives are the unsung heroes of our criminal justice system. Their work is often thankless, grueling, and dangerous. They’re also the most important people in society.

In this article, we’ve taken a look at some of the greatest detectives in history and talked about their contributions to society. We do hope that this article has helped you gain a better understanding of the importance of these unsung heroes and what they do for a living.