Charlie and #1 son are helping to plan for the annual police Christmas party. Carols are sung at the piano. The party takes a less than festive turn when a man in a santa suit is found dead. Charlie gets busy with checking on clues, and is soon on the trail of his suspects. A dark colored van is a major clue, but it seems to have vanished. As Charlie and #1 son move in, a man with a sinister voice fills them in on motives for the killing. With some decisive action from Charlie, the bad guy is taken down, and the party can resume.
The Little Man Who Was Everywhere. George gets a letter from a woman who feels paranoid about a man who seems to be everywhere. Is there really a stalker? George and Brooksie go to find out. The woman has inherited several apartment buildings in a slummy area. She is getting threatening notes, and there have been some fires. When the notes don’t come, he stalks her. What’s the man’s point?
He isn’t hard to find, so George confronts him. He is upset about his wife, Irene, who died in a fire in one of the apartment buildings. The man wants to torment the lady for not taking care of her buildings, but is he responsible for recent fires? It sounds like a simple job for George, but is it really?
George considers the question of who is there that might benefit from the recent fires, besides the crazy little man? Whhen the real bad guy sees that George isn’t being distracted, George and Brooksie find themselves in danger. George ttries to get help from the cops, but nobody believes him. Finally, he has to do his own stake out to catch the arsonist.
Robbery detail. A bakery shop has been held up, the owner, Lars Stendel, and his 19 year old daughter have been shot.
Questioning Mrs Stenddel, the wife and a Swedish immigrant, her other daughter helps Joe understand the heavy accent. She describes how her daughter, Julie, had been shot multiple times, with Lars receiving only one wound to the shoulder. In voiceover, Joe describes the investigation.
Known hold up men are questioned. A suspect is turned up, but will his story hold water? Holes start showing up. his Alibi falls through, witnesses recognize mugshots, but is he really their man? A letter with a confession, with only details the shooter would know turns up.
The police work starts over. More hold up men, more mug shots, and more questioning begins. A new link is made when the gun is found, and a crook escapes from a minor traffic stop. Cops close in, and a chase on foot involves gunplay.
Candy runs into her friend, police detective Ray Mallard on the movie set that is getting ready to shoot on location near her house. Take an audio glimpse behind the scenes of the movie set. In a moment of down time, a movie prop turns out to be a real live dead body.
It turns out to be one of the movie extras. Candy has to fend off the advances of the movie director as she is offered a part in the film. Enter a jealous movie starlet who jumps to the wrong idea about Candy and the director. Things get more complicated wen the film director also shows up dead. Actually, with the cast members in the show being reduced, the remaining number of folks to suspect is narrowing down.
But that’s no fun way to think. Besides figuring out who the killer is, what was their motive? How are the deaths connected? The extra hasnt been identified yet.
As Candy pokes around, she digs up more details to try to uncover the motive, and who had the opportunity. In the process, Ray Mallard gets just a little jealous of canddy, but this is no time to let emotions seep in. Before things get better, there’s plenty of suspenseful and tense moments. The killer is found out,but the horrors don’t stop.
At the end, Candy explains it all. A twisted tale of jealousy, blackmail, and lost love. And oh yeah, Candy makes up with Mallard and sacrifices herself in the name of love when she agrees to sit through one of those crazy, corny, western movies that Mallard is so fond of and she absolutely hates.
On Homicide detail. The owner of a fur store has been killed, and it’s up to Joe Friday to trap his man. On the crime scene, Joe and Ben gather clues, and the facts of the case. Mrs Scribber seems to be in shock, and has hardly uttered a word. Will she open up at all to tell Joe Friday anything about the incident? Motive for the killing is unclear, but a timeline begins to form.
Forensics technicians make sense of the crime scene evidence to explain what kind of struggle took place. Will near by shop owners have anything to tell about the happenings at the fur shop? A blonde with a bottle of wine, is seen going in, then later coming out with a fur coat. Miss Shepherd admits to being in the store to get her coat out of hock, but claims nobody else was there, and she left without incident.
The search of the other shop owners for information continues, but seems to lead no where. Albert Scribber’s missing car has turned up, but will it yield any clues? Canvassing of the neighborhood begins. Will someone return to the car? It doesn’t take long for a drunk blonde to enter the picture, or much work to tie evidence to her and the crime.
In Our last episode, Doc Huer learned that Black Barney had visited Omaha, and flashed a radio message to Buck and Wilma. Today they go to Omaha, in search of a clue of how to pick up Barney’s rocket trail, in hopes of tracking him back to Kane’s hideout.
Buck wonders if Barney is acting alone, and why Kain would let him out of his sight if he was really a captive. Elmo, the local man in charge tells about Barney’s odd behavior, and it’s just the thing to convince Buck that Barney know where Kaine is hiding. Elmo goes on to tell the list of equipment, and weapons that were taken.
Buck only knows that Barney had been in the clutches of Kane, but still doesn’t know about the mind control ray. He and Wilma speculate that Barney has gotten away, and is acting on his own. Elsewhere, Barney has returned with the weapons and tells Kane about his trip. Where will our adventure lead to?
Buck and Wilma seem to be closing in, and Kane is a little over confident that the cards are sacked in his favor.
Audio is OK, but maybe a touch mushy.
Heavy rains have the sewers backed up. As Canelli gets the report, his patrolman is approached by a woman who claims to have just shot her husband. Checking on the body, the cops find him dead, just as described. Captain Canelli tells in voiceover, the procedure of securing the crime scene, and mobilizing detectives, and other resources to work the scene.
Cops on the scene discuss the intricate details of the woman’s story, and the story the struggle at the crime scene tells. Likely in shock, and disbelief over her violent ordeal, Eva is calm as she recounts once again, the events leading to the shooting.
Meticulous care is given to ensuring crime scene evidence is properly handled, as Canelli’s voiceover tests. There’s just one thing about her story that bothers the cops. Why didn’t any neighbors hear the struggle, or the shotgun blast?
Or: Edward Burgess Found Shot to Death.
It doesn’t take long after the platoon of patrolmen are turned out, that Captain Canelli gets word of a dead body has been found. At first the patrolman thought he was just a drunk, sleeping it off. Springing into voiceover, Canelli orchestrates the matter.
Detectives are brought into the scene before clues grow cold. The body is taken to the morgue, identified, and next of kin notified. The son seems nervous. Did he know there were a couple of high dollar life insurance policies, naming him as beneficiary?
More lies are uncovered about where the son was, instead of being at work. A witness clears him, and the trail is followed to find the next likely suspect. Is he the one? The detectives won’t know until they get him.
When you need help, write to Box 13, care of the Star Times. Today a condemned man writes to Dan Holiday to investigate the facts of his case. What can Dan do for the man on death row? He has been tried, and run through the legal system, and the legal system can’t be wrong! Can it? wink, wink.
Dan himself doesn’t see any hope, and only has 34 hours to dig something up. It’s times like these that makes Dan regret having that ad for Box 13, but he’s always up for a good challenge. The clock is ticking, and Dan accounts for the time as he reviews the court records. Evidence is against the man, Martin Kirby. When Dan Interviews the cops, it sheds no new light, and the suspicions with the police is that he is guilty as charged.
According to the court record,Kirby was the only suspect, and Dan grasps for any hint of another, or flaws in the way things add up against the doomed man. All Dan has to go on is a typed note that the case is hinged on, and the shadow of a doubt.
Time is short, and the clues are scarce, so Dan hits them hard. He’s playing for high stakes, and all he has is a bluff, but the pressure is on. After taking a bullet for the case, Dan is sure of the real killer, but he still doesn’t have evidence that he can use.
The case is closed with the cops, but Dan’s friend on the force is beginning to see the light. Still playing his hunches, Dan has only the slim evidence of that typewritten note, and some scant forensics evidence related to it, and appealing to the conscience of the killer. Things come down to the wire and there’s one more twist that helps Dan out.
Police detective Ray Mallard goes to Candy with a case to do some insurance investigation. Candy smells something fishy, since Mallard isn’t usually forthcoming with help for her. Since the paycheck is going to be hefty, she manages to overlook any initial problems, and takes the case.
As the investigation develops, she learns it has to do with a woman who was killed in a firey crash of a small, private plane. Candy gets a plane ride, tour of the runway, and a briefing from the original insurance claims inspector. Not wanting the facts spoon fed to her, Candy doesn’t take it sugar coated. She sleeps on it, and consults her photographer friend Rembrandt. The more she pokes into the matter, the more trouble she digs up. Let’s just say that the insurance company has good reason to doubt, and people aren’t what they seem to be.
Thanks to a talkative parrot, and an all nighter spent reading over insurance reports, Candy gets to the truth. She calls in her own insurance policy to stay safe, and with Mallard by her side as she cuts too close to the nerve of the bad guy, she’s going to need it. Not to mention an emergency flying lesson of her own.