Crime Classics

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Crime Classics came to CBS September 30, 1953 and was "A series of true crime stories from the records and newpapers of every land, from every time. Your host each week, is Mr. Thomas Hyland- connoisseur of crime, student of violence, and teller of murders." Thomas Hyland is played by Lou Merrill.

Thomas Hyland's delivery is measured and mild-mannered, as if giving a college lecture. Would that all professors were this interesting! The actors in the stories themselves are uniformly. Sensitive orchestral scores by the great Bernard Hermann, who did Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on Air radio show and then Alfred Hitchcock's films, give the stories sophistication and mood. So do the tasteful sound effects.

Cases ranged from seventeenth-century murder to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Each and every story, however bizarre, is actually based on fact. For example, the show on the Younger Brothers of the American West has some very interesting background details concerning Quantrell's Raiders and the Kansas Jayhawks. In the story of "John Hayes, his Head, and How They Were Parted," we hear the tale of a glassblower who blows glass perfectly and completely surrounding the severed head of a unknown deadman. Then it is placed in a museum where it remained pending identification.


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 A Generals Daughter - 04/07/1954

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 Ali Pasha - 06/23/1954

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 Alsop Family - 08/24/1953

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 Assasination of Abraham Lincoln - 12/09/1953

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 Assasination of Leon Trotsky - 06/09/1954

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 Axe and the Droot Family - 08/20/1953

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 Billy Bonny Bloodletter - 10/21/1953

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 Blackbeards Fourteenth Wife - 11/11/1953

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 Bloody Banks of Fall River - 09/30/1953

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 Boorn Brothers and the Hangman - 01/27/1954

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 Bunny Baumler - 05/05/1954

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 Cesare Borgia - 04/21/1954

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 Checkered Life...Colonel James Fisk - 06/29/1953

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 Coyle and Richardson - 12/30/1953

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 Crime of Bathsheba Spooner - 06/15/1953

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 Death of a Baltimore Birdie - 06/16/1954

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 Death of a Picture Hanger - 07/20/1953

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 Final Day of General Ketchum - 07/27/1953

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 Good Ship Jane - 02/24/1954

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 Hangman and William Palmer - 10/07/1953

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 How Supan got the Hook - 01/13/1954

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 If a Body needs a Body - 12/02/1953

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 Incredible History of John Shepard - 02/03/1954

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 Incredible Trail of Laura D Fair - 08/17/1953

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 James Evans Fireman - 04/14/1954

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 Jean Baptiste Troppman - 02/17/1954

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 John and Judith - 12/16/1953

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 John Hayes - 10/28/1953

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 Killing Story of William Corder - 11/25/1953

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 Lethal Habit of Marquise de Brinvilliers - 05/26/1954

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 Madeline Smith Maid or Murderess - 01/20/1954

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 Mr. Clarkes Skeleton - 05/12/1954

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 Mr. Jonathon Jewtt - 06/02/1954

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 Mr. Throwers Hammer - 08/03/1953

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 My Name is Jack the Ripper - 06/30/1954

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 Old Sixtoes - 03/17/1954

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 Raschi among the Crocodiles - 11/04/1953

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 Robby Boy Balfour - 03/31/1954

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 Roger Nems - 03/03/1954

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 Seven Layered Arsenic Cake - 10/14/1953

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 Shockingly. . .Thomas Edwin Bartlett - 06/22/1953

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 Shrapnelled Body of Charles Drew - 07/06/1953

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 Terrible Deed of John White Webster - 07/13/1953

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 Tiger and Brad Ferguson - 03/10/1954

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 Twentythree Knives against Caesar - 02/10/1954

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 Torment of Henrietta Robinson - 09/07/1953

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 Triangle on the Round Table - 11/18/1953

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 Widow Magee - 04/28/1954

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 Younger Brothers - 01/06/1954

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 Your Loving Son Nero - 08/31/1953


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