Donald Worden

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Donald Worden
Baltimore Police Department
Nickname(s) The Big Man
Badge number 145
Country United States
Years of service 1990–99
Rank Detective
Other work Former B.C.P.D. H.Q. Homicide Big Man Case

Donald "Don" Worden is a retired Baltimore Police Department detective who was featured in David Simon's non-fiction book about the homicide unit, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.[1] Worden, a native of Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood[2] joined the department in 1962,[3] and had worked in the department's Northwestern district[4] before becoming a Homicide Detective. He was featured as a veteran member of Sergeant Terry McLarney's Homicide squad working under Shift Lieutenant Gary D'Addario. Worden was nicknamed The Big Man[5] and provided the inspiration for the Homicide: Life on the Street character Stanley Bolander, played by Ned Beatty.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Simon 2006
  2. ^ Simon 2006, p. 29: "I'm just a poor, dumb white boy from Hampden, trying to make his way through this world and into the next."
  3. ^ Simon 2006, p. 31: "the department had been his home since 1962."
  4. ^ Simon 2006, p. 31: "He had gone downtown after more than a decade in the Northwest district..."
  5. ^ Simon 2006, p. 23 "The Big Man sits..."