As number of killings soars, detective gets little time off work

April 25, 1991

From 4 p.m. Saturday to last night, Christopher P. Graul, a 33-year-old Baltimore homicide detective who is married and has two children, had spent less than 20 hours at home.

Like most members of the Baltimore police homicide unit, Detective Graul is feeling the strain of the increase in murders. Here is a sample of his recent schedule:.

Arrived for work 4 p.m. Saturday. Worked until 9 p.m. Sunday -- 29 hours straight.

Home for three hours Sunday night.

Returned to work for the midnight to 8 a.m. shift. At the end of his shift Monday morning, went straight to court. Stayed there until 8 p.m. Monday evening.

Off for 12 hours.

Back to court at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Stayed there until 8 p.m.

Four hours at home.

Detective Graul returned to work at midnight Tuesday -- even though he had been scheduled for a day off -- and was still there late last night, nearly 24 hours later, after he was assigned another case.

"You get a second wind and go with it," Detective Graul said. "At times it is rough with the family. My wife has a full-time job. She just accepts it."

Lt. Robert M. Stanton of the homicide unit said the schedule is not uncommon for detectives who must incorporate their work to include open cases and new assignments as well as court schedules.

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