Slain Fla. officer's son continues searching for clues

By Julie Murphy

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NYPD seeks clues in 1972 cop killing

PALM COAST, Fla. — He was just a baby, 1 year old, when his father was fatally shot on this date in 1972, so he only knows him through the memories and stories of his family and his dad's fellow police officers.

Todd Cardillo knows intimately how his dad, NYPD Patrolman Phillip Cardillo, died -- beaten and shot in an ambush at a black Muslim mosque in Harlem, one of the most notorious cop killings in New York City history. And he knows just as passionately that his killer was never convicted, the case muddled by turf wars with the FBI and the political sensitivities of the times.

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