Bernard Lefkowitz, an investigative journalist and author, died on May 21 of cancer. He was 66.
A native New Yorker, Lefkowitz worked as a reporter and assistant city editor at the New York Post during the 1960s. He served in the Peace Corps, then returned to Manhattan and became a best-selling author.
Over the course of his three-decade publishing career, Lefkowitz researched and wrote four books about contemporary culture. He was best known for the 1997 true crime book, “Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb,” which explored the 1989 gang rape of a mentally disabled girl by popular high school jocks living in an affluent New Jersey suburb. An Edgar Award finalist, the harrowing story focused on the way the townspeople rallied around the perpetrators and disparaged the victim.
“These boys were regarded as something special, as athletes often are in our culture. As long as they performed on the athletic field, they were spared the judgment and opprobrium of adults. Character was separated from achievement,” Lefkowitz once said. “Our Guys” was adapted into a 1999 TV movie starring Ally Sheedy and Eric Stoltz.