Dragnet

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Dragnet was broadcasted from June 3, 1949 to February 26, 1957 on NBC at various times and days, starring Jack Webb as Detective Sergeant Joe Friday. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects.

Dragnet debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program's format and eventually became comfortable with their characters. Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor. Gradually, Friday's deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged as a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring. Friday's first partner was Sergeant Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. Raymond Burr was on board to play Captain Ed Backstrand. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio's top-rated shows.

Webb insisted on realism in every aspect of the show. The dialogue was clipped, understated and sparse, influenced by the hardboiled school of crime fiction. Scripts were fast moving but did not seem rushed. Every aspect of police work was chronicled, step by step: From patrols and paperwork, to crime scene investigation, lab work and questioning witnesses or suspects. The detectives personal lives were mentioned but rarely took center stage.

Dragnet broke a few radio taboos as well, such as dramatizing sex crimes. Children also were killed on occasion. The familiar DUM DE DUM DUM, the first four notes of the opening theme composed by Walter Schumann, became a pop culture legend and was forever associated with Dragnet.


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 Albert Barry's Mother in Law - 11/24/1949

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 Benny Trousel Murdered - 08/04/1949

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 Big 38 - 10/05/1950

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 Big Actor - 08/10/1950

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 Big Affair - 11/29/1951

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 Big Almost No Show - 01/31/1952

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 Big Badge - 05/04/1950

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 Big Beer - 08/16/1955

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 Big Ben - 03/15/1951

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 Big Bible - 09/28/1954

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 Big Bid - 01/26/1954

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 Big Bill - 01/19/1954

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 Big Bird - 02/01/1955

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 Big Betty - 11/23/1950

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 Big Blast - 05/17/1951

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 Big Blonde - 08/23/1955

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 Big Bobo - 07/19/1955

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 Big Bomb - 07/13/1950

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 Big Book - 04/06/1950

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 Big Bop - 09/01/1953

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 Big Border - 03/20/1952

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 Big Boounce - 01/25/1955

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 Big Boys - 03/16/1950

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 Big Brain - 09/28/1952

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 Big Brain - 10/04/1955

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 Big Boys - 03/16/1950

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 Big Broad - 02/09/1954

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 Big Bull - 09/14/1952

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 Big Bunco - 04/17/1952

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 Big Bungalow - 11/15/1951

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 Big Building - 06/14/1951

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 Big Cab - 09/15/1953

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 Big Cad - 08/17/1954

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 Big Canaries - 12/06/1951

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 Big Car - 11/30/1950

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 Big Carney - 05/03/1953

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 Big Cast - 02/08/1951

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 Big Cat - 06/15/1954

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 Big Casting - 05/03/1951

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 Big Chance - 08/24/1950

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 Big Chet - 04/05/1953

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 Big Check - 08/31/1950

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 Big Chick - 06/29/1954

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 Big Child - 04/26/1955

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 Big Children - 02/01/1951

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 Big Church - 11/02/1950

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 Big Cliff - 06/28/1951

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 Big Close - 09/20/1955

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 Big Coins - 11/09/1954

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 Big Complex - 01/11/1955

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 Big Complusion - 04/12/1953

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 Big Confession - 03/30/1954

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 Big Confvertible - 06/28/1955

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 Big Cop - 08/02/1951

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 Big Couple - 02/22/1951

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 Big Court - 01/24/1952

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 Big Cowboy - 06/01/1954

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 Big Crazy - 08/30/1951

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 Big Crime - 02/15/1951

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 Big Cup - 03/09/1954

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 Big Customer - 06/22/1954

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 Big Cut - 0914/1954

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 Big Dance - 01/18/1951

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 Big Dare - 08/03/1950

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 Big Daughter - 09/13/1955

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 Big Deal - 04/19/1955

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 Big Death - 09/28/1950

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 Big Death - 03/29/1955

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 Big Dig - 12/07/1954

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 Big Dive - 11/09/1952

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 Big Dive - 11/15/1955

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 Big Dog - 11/16/1954

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 Big Donation - 06/12/1952

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 Big Dream - 03/29/1953

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 Big Drifter - 02/23/1950

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 Big Drills - 05/10/1951

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 Big Drive - 08/14/1952

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 Big Eavesdrop - 12/14/1952

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 Big Elevator - 04/24/1952

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 Big Escape - 01/05/1950

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 Big Evans - 03/06/1952

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 Big Fake - 06/01/1950

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 Big Fall Guy - 06/14/1955

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 Big False Make - 05/17/1953

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 Big Family - 12/28/1950

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 Big Father - 03/08/1955

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 Big Fellow - 08/30/1955

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 Big Filth - 02/02/1954

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 Big Fire - 03/13/1952

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 Big Flight - 11/17/1953

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 Big Forth - 05/29/1952

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 Big Frame - 07/06/1950

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 Big Fraud - 10/27/1953

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 Big Friend - 04/05/1951

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 Big Gamble - 05/08/1952

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 Big Gangster p1. - 03/23/1950

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 Big Gangster p2. - 03/30/1950

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 Big Gap - 02/08/1955

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 Big Genius - 07/12/1955

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 Big Gent p1. - 07/20/1950

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 Big Gent p2. - 07/27/1950

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 Big Girl - 02/09/1950

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 Big Grab - 06/29/1950

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 Big Grandma - 10/19/1950

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 Big Guilt - 11/23/1952

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 Big Guilt - 11/29/1955

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 Big Gun p.1 - 05/24/1953

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 Big Gun p.2 - 05/31/1953

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 Big Ham - 06/28/1953

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 Big Hands - 11/22/1951

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 Big Handsome Bandit - 10/05/1954

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 Big Hate - 07/10/1952

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 Big Hat - 02/15/1955

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 Big Heel - 07/20/1954

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 Big Help - 05/18/1954

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 Big Hit and Run Killer - 11/08/1951

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 Big Holdup - 01/04/1951

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 Big Honeymoon - 02/07/1952

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 Big Housemaid - 07/26/1955

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 Big Impossible - 03/15/1953

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 Big Impossible - 03/13/1956

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 Big Imposter - 06/07/1951

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 Big Impression - 08/07/1952

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 Big in Laws - 08/23/1951

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 Big Informant - 03/22/1953

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 Big Informant - 03/27/1956

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 Big Jules - 06/19/1952

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 Big Joke - 05/10/1953

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 Big Jolt - 10/05/1952

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 Big Jolt - 10/11/1955

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 Big Key - 10/26/1954

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 Big Kid - 11/10/1953

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 Big Laugh - 03/08/1953

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 Big Laugh - 03/06/1956

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 Big Layout - 01/25/1953

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 Big Layout - 01/24/1956

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 Big Late Script - 07/26/1951

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 Big Lease - 11/01/1951

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 Big Lens - 12/14/1954

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 Big Lie - 10/12/1952

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 Big Lie - 10/18/1955

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 Big Lift - 04/27/1954

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 Big Lift - 09/08/1953

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 Big Light - 11/02/1952

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 Big Light - 11/08/1955

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 Big Lily - 06/14/1953

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 Big Limp - 06/07/1955

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 Big Listen - 01/05/1954

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 Big Little Jesus - 12/21/1954

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 Big Little Mother - 10/06/1953

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 Big Locker - 11/02/1954

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 Big Look - 05/11/1954

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 Big Love - 07/05/1951

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 Big Lover - 03/29/1951

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 Big Job - 04/27/1950

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 Big Jump - 01/11/1951

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 Big Juvenile - 01/17/1951

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 Big Key - 05/25/1950

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 Big Knife - 05/11/1950

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 Big Mail - 05/15/1952

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 Big Mailman - 05/24/1951

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 Big Make - 09/14/1950

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 Big Man p1. - 01/12/1950

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 Big Man p2. - 01/19/1950

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 Big Manikin - 10/19/1954

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 Big Market - 10/25/1951

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 Big Mask p1. - 12/28/1952

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 Big Mask p2. - 01/04/1953

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 Big Mask - 12/27/1955

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 Big Mask p2. - 01/03/1956

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 Big Match - 07/27/1954

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 Big Meet - 10/26/1950

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 Big Mink - 06/22/1950

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 Big Mink - 06/22/1950

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 Big Mole - 12/07/1952

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 Big Mole - 12/13/1955

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 Big Momma - 05/03/1955

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 Big Mother - 11/09/1950

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 Big Mug - 01/04/1955

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 Big Mustache - 03/23/1954

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 Big Net - 04/20/1954

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 Big New Years - 03/08/1951

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 Big No Tooth - 04/05/1955

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 Big Note - 04/13/1954

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 Big Number - 10/26/1952

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 Big Odd - 12/01/1953

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 Big Office - 08/31/1954

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 Big Overtime - 12/13/1951

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 Big Paint - 10/20/1953

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 Big Pair - 09/21/1950

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 Big Paper - 08/21/1952

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 Big Parrot - 11/16/1950

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 Big Partner - 03/01/1951

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 Big Phone - 02/14/1952

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 Big Picture - 12/07/1950

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 Big Pill - 10/19/1952

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 Big Pill - 10/25/1955

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 Big Pipe - 02/23/1954

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 Big Plant - 02/28/1952

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 Big Plea - 10/13/1953

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 Big Present - 11/24/1953

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 Big Press - 06/15/1950

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 Big Press - 02/08/1953

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 Big Press - 02/078/1956

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 Big Producer - 02/21/1952

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 Big Pug - 05/18/1950

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 Big Quack - 10/12/1950

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 Big Rain - 11/03/1953

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 Big Ray - 09/04/1952

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 Big Red p.1 - 01/03/1952

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 Big Run - 01/10/1952

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 Big Rescue - 07/13/1954

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 Big Revision - 05/10/1955

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 Big Revolt - 06/21/1953

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 Big Rip - 04/19/1953

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 Big Rod - 03/16/1954

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 Big Roll - 06/26/1952

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 Big Rose - 03/27/1952

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 Big Ruling - 09/06/1955

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 Big Run - 06/21/1951

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 Big Rush - 07/05/1955

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 Big Saint - 04/26/1951

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 Big Saint - 04/26/1951

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 Big Safe - 05/01/1952

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 Big Saw - 04/06/1954

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 Big Scrapbook - 04/26/1953

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 Big Search - 07/06/1954

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 Big September Man - 09/27/1951

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 Big Set Up - 03/15/1955

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 Big Set Up - 07/12/1951

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 Big Set Up - 03/01/1955

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 Big Seventeen - 09/06/1951

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 Big Shakedown - 05/22/1952

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 Big Sheet - 08/02/1955

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 Big Shirt - 11/30/1952

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 Big Shirt - 12/06/1955

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 Big Shock - 08/24/1954

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 Big Shoplift - 10/11/1951

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 Big Shot - 09/21/1952

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 Big Shot - 09/27/1955

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 Big Show - 04/10/1952

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 Big Siege - 05/24/1955

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 Big Signet - 07/31/1952

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 Big Sisters - 05/31/1955

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 Big Slip - 09/22/1953

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 Big Slug - 02/22/1955

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 Big Small - 01/11/1953

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 Big Small - 01/10/1956

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 Big Smart Guy - 06/08/1950

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 Big Smoke - 02/22/1953

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 Big Smoke - 02/21/1956

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 Big Sophomore - 07/19/1951

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 Big Sorrow - 12/27/1951

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 Big Sour - 09/20/1951

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 Big Speech - 04/19/1951

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 Big Squealer - 05/17/1955

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 Big Stand - 08/03/1954

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 Big Streetcar - 04/03/1952

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 Big Stop - 05/04/1954

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 Big String - 01/18/1953

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 Big String - 01/17/1956

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 Big Story Man - 10/18/1951

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 Big Strip - 02/01/1953

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 Big Strip - 01/31/1956

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 Big Student - 06/08/1954

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 Big Sucker - 02/16/1954

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 Big Switch - 01/12/1954

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 Big Talk - 03/22/1955

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 Big Tar Baby - 10/12/1954

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 Big Tear - 09/11/1952

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 Big Test - 08/28/1952

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 Big Thank You - 03/09/1950

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 Big Threat - 04/12/1951

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 Big Tie - 04/12/1955

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 Big Token - 01/18/1955

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 Big Tomato - 01/25/1951

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 Big Tooth - 02/15/1953

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 Big Tooth - 02/14/1956

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 Big Trail - 04/20/1950

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 Big Trio - 07/03/1952

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 Big Trunk - 03/22/1951

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 Big Trunk - 09/07/1954

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 Big Try - 09/29/1953

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 Big Try - 09/2/1954

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 Big TV - 03/02/1954

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 Big Underground - 11/28/1954

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 Big Underground - 12/28/1954

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 Big Waiter - 09/13/1951

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 Big Walk - 11/16/1952

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 Big Walk - 11/16/1952

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 Big Walk - 11/22/1955

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 Big Want - 02/28/1956

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 Big Want Ad - 10/04/1951

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 Big Watch - 04/13/1950

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 Big Watch - 05/25/1954

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 Big Whiff - 06/05/1952

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 Big Will - 06/07/1953

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 Big Wish - 08/10/1954

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 Big Youngster - 08/17/1950

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 Brick Bat Slayer - 09/24/1949

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 City Hall Bombin - 07/21/1949

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 Claude Jimmerson Child Killer - 02/02/1950

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 Flowerland Roof Murder - 12/29/1949

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 Garbage Chute Murder - 12/15/1949

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 Helen Corday Murdered - 07/07/1949

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 Homicide - 08/11/1949

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 Jade Thumb Rings - 12/08/1949

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 James Vickers Kills an Officer - 09/17/1949

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 Missing Person Juanita Lasky - 07/28/1949

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 Missing Woman - 09/05/1949

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 Myra the RedHead - 09/01/1949

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 Nickel Plated Gun - 06/10/1949

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 Police Academy Mario Koski - 08/25/1949

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 Quick Trigger Gun Men - 06/24/1949

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 Red Light Bandit - 07/14/1949

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 Sixteen Jewel Thieves - 08/18/1949

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 Spring Street Gang - 12/01/1949

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 Sullivan Kidnapping - 09/10/1949

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 Truck Hijackers - 10/01/1949

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 Twenty Two Rifle for Christmas - 12/22/1949

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 Twenty Two Rifle for Christmas - 12/21/1950

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 Twenty Two Rifle for Christmas - 12/20/1951

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 Twenty Two Rifle for Christmas - 12/21/1952

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 Twenty Two Rifle for Christmas - 12/20/1955

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 Twenty Two Rifle for Christmas - 03/20/1956

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 Werewolf Robbery - 06/17/1949

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 Winchester - 08/16/1951


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