Born in the northern town of Oswego in Mexico, Raymond C Schindler’s life was not initially exciting. Raymond struggled with odd jobs ranging from that of a salesman, an insurance agent, to working as a gold-miner in order to establish a promising career. However little did Raymond know what the future held for him. After finishing his studies at a high school from Wisconsin, Raymond took to the odd jobs before ultimately responding to a newspaper advertisement. The advertisement was looking for fresh college graduates who might be interested in historical research. Upon responding, Schindler got the job immediately despite only having a high school degree and soon found himself working with the police of San Francisco in their chase against graft-cases involving politicians. In this regard, his role was crucial, while the police were stringing the information together on the politicians. Raymond was the one behind the curtains, providing them with useful information.
Raymond had applied to the newspaper advertisement with the hope of becoming a historian one day, but quickly realized his job was more that of a detective compared to that of a historian. Aiding the police in their cases against the politicians seemed like a job Raymond could make a fine career out of, and so he eventually did.
While in San Francisco, he met William Burns who, at the time, was serving as a secret service agent. Inspired by his wit and intelligence, William Burns mentored Raymond Schindler and appointed him as his chief lieutenant officer. Schindler soon took over the National Detective Agency which was set up by William Burns upon retiring from the government. The agency was one of the finest private detective agencies in the country. Well known throughout the lengths and breadth of the country, Raymond Schindler was already heading it as a manager in New York. The future looked promising for the young detective and in no time Raymond established himself as one of the finest detectives in all of America. Other detectives and agencies alike looked up to his work and his wit. Raymond was also amongst the very first to use a dictograph in 1911; an instrument that was just invented and could be used to record sounds in one room and sent to another room. This was a revolutionary and a much needed for detectives and the use of it set Raymond apart from other detectives.
Raymond Schindler was a man of class and expensive taste. He was popular with detectives and the top choice for clients for decades. He was not shy either, he celebrated his success by dining at expensive restaurants, throwing parties and going to high-end clubs. He spent money just as fast as he made it. He has depicted in many books and films alike, most notably “The Complete Detective” by Rupert Hughes.
The greatest detective of the twentieth century passed away in 1959.