While working as a trooper with the N.J. State Police, O’Rourke wanted to honor those “Jersey Troopers” who died in the line of duty. So, O’Rourke set out on a six year journey to document the events which took these trooper's lives. In May of 2010, the History Press Publishing Company, Charleston, S.C. published O’Rourke’s first book, "Jersey Troopers: Sacrifice at the Altar of Public Service." The book sold out in a month and a half.
In February of 2012, a follow up book entitled, "New Jersey State Troopers: Remembering the Fallen" was released and has proved equally successful.
O'Rourke's third book about Richard Biegenwald “The Jersey Shore Thrill Killer," was released in September of 2014 and has been well received.
"An absolute must read." Bert Baron, 1450am WCTC "The voice of Central Jersey"
Presently, O’Rourke is working on two upcoming books; one a true crime narrative about the kidnapping and murder of Sidney Reso, an Exxon International President. The other is a crime fiction book about an ex-cop working as a PI in the City of Hoboken.
John E. O'Rourke (c) 2016
John E. O'Rourke
Author, True Crime Historian
Mr. O'Rourke's TV appearance with Richard Biegenwald's Defense Attorney