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Crime Classics

"A series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land, from every time. Your host each week, is Mr. Thomas Hyland- connoisseur of crime, student of violence, and teller of murders." Update

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"Crime Classics - The Sudden Death Of James Fisk"



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True Crime stories (1953 - 54)

Elliott LewisThis show introduces itself succinctly "A series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers 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, although you'd never know it was an "actor" doing the part. The great Elliott Lewis, actor, producer and director of Suspense, Broadway is my Beat and On Stage is in charge of this very intelligent and enjoyable show. Lewis and his writers collected and developed true crime stories expressly for Crime Classics.

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Elliott LewisThomas 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 Theater old time radio show and then Alfred Hitchcock's films, give the stories sophistication and mood. So do the tasteful sound effects. There is a wry, cool-blooded tone to the proceedings.

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. Thus his killers were found out by the dead man, using his head.

This show is a good companion to other old time old time radio shows that are historically-oriented, such as Cavalcade of America, You Are There, and American Trail. For science and research, the shows Science Magazine of the Air and Adventures in Research are very good.

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  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    50 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 31 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 31 minutes
      1. Cric 521203 00 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner Aud.mp3
      2. Cric 530615 01 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner.mp3
      3. Cric 530622 02 Passing Thomas Edwin Bartlett Greengrocer.mp3
      4. Cric 530629 03 Checkered Life Sudden Death Col James Fisk Jr.mp3
      5. Cric 530706 04 Shrapnelled Body Of Charles Drew Senior.mp3
      6. Cric 530713 05 Terrible Deed Of John White Webster.mp3
      7. Cric 530720 06 Death Of A Picture Hanger.mp3
      8. Cric 530727 07 Final Day General Ketchum And How He Died.mp3
      9. Cric 530803 08 Mr. Throwers Hammer.mp3
      10. Cric 530810 09 Axe And Droot Family How They Fared.mp3
      11. Cric 530817 10 Incredible Trial Of Laura D. Fair.mp3
      12. Cric 530824 11 Alsop Family How It Diminished Grew Again.mp3
      13. Cric 530831 12 Your Loving Son Nero.mp3
      14. Cric 530907 13 Torment Henrietta Robinson Why She Killed.mp3
      15. Cric 530930 14 Bloody Bloody Banks Of Fall River.mp3
      16. Cric 531007 15 Hangman And William Palmer Who Won.mp3
      17. Cric 531014 16 Seven Layered Arsenic Cake Of Madame Lafarge.mp3
      18. Cric 531021 17 Billy Bonney Bloodletter Also Known As Kid.mp3
      19. Cric 531028 18 John Hayes His Head And How They Were Parted.mp3
      20. Cric 531104 19 Raschi Among Crocodiles And Prank He Played.mp3
      21. Cric 531111 20 Blackbeards 14th Wife Why She No Good For Him.mp3
      22. Cric 531118 21 Triangle On Round Table.mp3
      23. Cric 531125 22 Killing William Corder Farmers Daughter.mp3
      24. Cric 531202 23 If Body Need Body Just Call Burke Hare.mp3
      25. Cric 531209 24 Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln.mp3
      26. Cric 531216 25 John Judith Crime Why Didnt Enjoy It.mp3
      27. Cric 531230 26 Coyle Richardson Why Hung Spanking Breeze.mp3
      28. Cric 540106 27 Younger Brothers Why Some Grew No Older.mp3
      29. Cric 540120 29 Madeline Smith Maid Or Murderess.mp3
      30. Cric 540127 30 Boorn Brothers And Hangman.mp3
      31. Cric 540203 31 Incredible History Of John Shepard.mp3
      32. Cric 540210 32 Twenty Three Knives Against Caesar.mp3
      33. Cric 540217 33 Jean Baptiste Troppmann Killer Of Many.mp3
      34. Cric 540224 34 Good Ship Jane Why She Became Flotsam.mp3
      35. Cric 540303 35 Roger Nems How He Though Dead Won Game.mp3
      36. Cric 540310 36 New Hampshire Tiger And Brad Ferguson.mp3
      37. Cric 540317 37 Old Sixtoes How He Stopped Construction.mp3
      38. Cric 540331 39 Robby Boy Balfour Wrecked Prisons Reputation.mp3
      39. Cric 540407 40 Gen Daughter Czars Lieutenant Linen Closet.mp3
      40. Cric 540414 41 James Evans Fireman Extinguished Human Torch.mp3
      41. Cric 540421 42 Cesare Borgia His Most Difficult Murder.mp3
      42. Cric 540428 43 Widow Magee 3 Gypsies A Vermont Fandango.mp3
      43. Cric 540505 44 Bunny Baumler His Close Brush With Fame.mp3
      44. Cric 540512 45 Mr Clarkes Skeleton In Mr Arams Closet.mp3
      45. Cric 540526 46 Lethal Habit Of Marquise De Brinvilliers.mp3
      46. Cric 540602 47 Mr Jonathon Jewett.mp3
      47. Cric 540609 48 Assassination Of Leon Trotsky.mp3
      48. Cric 540616 49 Death Of A Baltimore Birdie Friend.mp3
      49. Cric 540623 50 Ali Pasha A Turkish Delight.mp3
      50. Cric 540630 51 Good Evening My Name Is Jack Ripper.mp3
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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 31 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 24 hours 31 minutes
      1. Cric 521203 00 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner Aud.mp3
      2. Cric 530615 01 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner.mp3
      3. Cric 530622 02 Passing Thomas Edwin Bartlett Greengrocer.mp3
      4. Cric 530629 03 Checkered Life Sudden Death Col James Fisk Jr.mp3
      5. Cric 530706 04 Shrapnelled Body Of Charles Drew Senior.mp3
      6. Cric 530713 05 Terrible Deed Of John White Webster.mp3
      7. Cric 530720 06 Death Of A Picture Hanger.mp3
      8. Cric 530727 07 Final Day General Ketchum And How He Died.mp3
      9. Cric 530803 08 Mr. Throwers Hammer.mp3
      10. Cric 530810 09 Axe And Droot Family How They Fared.mp3
      11. Cric 530817 10 Incredible Trial Of Laura D. Fair.mp3
      12. Cric 530824 11 Alsop Family How It Diminished Grew Again.mp3
      13. Cric 530831 12 Your Loving Son Nero.mp3
      14. Cric 530907 13 Torment Henrietta Robinson Why She Killed.mp3
      15. Cric 530930 14 Bloody Bloody Banks Of Fall River.mp3
      16. Cric 531007 15 Hangman And William Palmer Who Won.mp3
      17. Cric 531014 16 Seven Layered Arsenic Cake Of Madame Lafarge.mp3
      18. Cric 531021 17 Billy Bonney Bloodletter Also Known As Kid.mp3
      19. Cric 531028 18 John Hayes His Head And How They Were Parted.mp3
      20. Cric 531104 19 Raschi Among Crocodiles And Prank He Played.mp3
      21. Cric 531111 20 Blackbeards 14th Wife Why She No Good For Him.mp3
      22. Cric 531118 21 Triangle On Round Table.mp3
      23. Cric 531125 22 Killing William Corder Farmers Daughter.mp3
      24. Cric 531202 23 If Body Need Body Just Call Burke Hare.mp3
      25. Cric 531209 24 Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln.mp3
      26. Cric 531216 25 John Judith Crime Why Didnt Enjoy It.mp3
      27. Cric 531230 26 Coyle Richardson Why Hung Spanking Breeze.mp3
      28. Cric 540106 27 Younger Brothers Why Some Grew No Older.mp3
      29. Cric 540120 29 Madeline Smith Maid Or Murderess.mp3
      30. Cric 540127 30 Boorn Brothers And Hangman.mp3
      31. Cric 540203 31 Incredible History Of John Shepard.mp3
      32. Cric 540210 32 Twenty Three Knives Against Caesar.mp3
      33. Cric 540217 33 Jean Baptiste Troppmann Killer Of Many.mp3
      34. Cric 540224 34 Good Ship Jane Why She Became Flotsam.mp3
      35. Cric 540303 35 Roger Nems How He Though Dead Won Game.mp3
      36. Cric 540310 36 New Hampshire Tiger And Brad Ferguson.mp3
      37. Cric 540317 37 Old Sixtoes How He Stopped Construction.mp3
      38. Cric 540331 39 Robby Boy Balfour Wrecked Prisons Reputation.mp3
      39. Cric 540407 40 Gen Daughter Czars Lieutenant Linen Closet.mp3
      40. Cric 540414 41 James Evans Fireman Extinguished Human Torch.mp3
      41. Cric 540421 42 Cesare Borgia His Most Difficult Murder.mp3
      42. Cric 540428 43 Widow Magee 3 Gypsies A Vermont Fandango.mp3
      43. Cric 540505 44 Bunny Baumler His Close Brush With Fame.mp3
      44. Cric 540512 45 Mr Clarkes Skeleton In Mr Arams Closet.mp3
      45. Cric 540526 46 Lethal Habit Of Marquise De Brinvilliers.mp3
      46. Cric 540602 47 Mr Jonathon Jewett.mp3
      47. Cric 540609 48 Assassination Of Leon Trotsky.mp3
      48. Cric 540616 49 Death Of A Baltimore Birdie Friend.mp3
      49. Cric 540623 50 Ali Pasha A Turkish Delight.mp3
      50. Cric 540630 51 Good Evening My Name Is Jack Ripper.mp3
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    50 recordings on 25 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 31 min

    Disc A001

    1. Cric 521203 00 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner Aud
    2. Cric 530615 01 Crime Of Bathsheba Spooner

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    Disc A002

    1. Cric 530622 02 Passing Thomas Edwin Bartlett Greengrocer
    2. Cric 530629 03 Checkered Life Sudden Death Col James Fisk Jr

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    Disc A003

    1. Cric 530706 04 Shrapnelled Body Of Charles Drew Senior
    2. Cric 530713 05 Terrible Deed Of John White Webster

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    Disc A004

    1. Cric 530720 06 Death Of A Picture Hanger
    2. Cric 530727 07 Final Day General Ketchum And How He Died

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    Disc A005

    1. Cric 530803 08 Mr. Throwers Hammer
    2. Cric 530810 09 Axe And Droot Family How They Fared

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    Disc A006

    1. Cric 530817 10 Incredible Trial Of Laura D. Fair
    2. Cric 530824 11 Alsop Family How It Diminished Grew Again

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    Disc A007

    1. Cric 530831 12 Your Loving Son Nero
    2. Cric 530907 13 Torment Henrietta Robinson Why She Killed

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    Disc A008

    1. Cric 530930 14 Bloody Bloody Banks Of Fall River
    2. Cric 531007 15 Hangman And William Palmer Who Won

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    Disc A009

    1. Cric 531014 16 Seven Layered Arsenic Cake Of Madame Lafarge
    2. Cric 531021 17 Billy Bonney Bloodletter Also Known As Kid

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    Disc A010

    1. Cric 531028 18 John Hayes His Head And How They Were Parted
    2. Cric 531104 19 Raschi Among Crocodiles And Prank He Played

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    Disc A011

    1. Cric 531111 20 Blackbeards 14th Wife Why She No Good For Him
    2. Cric 531118 21 Triangle On Round Table

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    Disc A012

    1. Cric 531125 22 Killing William Corder Farmers Daughter
    2. Cric 531202 23 If Body Need Body Just Call Burke Hare

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    Disc A013

    1. Cric 531209 24 Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln
    2. Cric 531216 25 John Judith Crime Why Didnt Enjoy It

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    Disc A014

    1. Cric 531230 26 Coyle Richardson Why Hung Spanking Breeze
    2. Cric 540106 27 Younger Brothers Why Some Grew No Older

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    Disc A015

    1. Cric 540120 29 Madeline Smith Maid Or Murderess
    2. Cric 540127 30 Boorn Brothers And Hangman

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    Disc A016

    1. Cric 540203 31 Incredible History Of John Shepard
    2. Cric 540210 32 Twenty Three Knives Against Caesar

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    Disc A017

    1. Cric 540217 33 Jean Baptiste Troppmann Killer Of Many
    2. Cric 540224 34 Good Ship Jane Why She Became Flotsam

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    Disc A018

    1. Cric 540303 35 Roger Nems How He Though Dead Won Game
    2. Cric 540310 36 New Hampshire Tiger And Brad Ferguson

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    Disc A019

    1. Cric 540317 37 Old Sixtoes How He Stopped Construction
    2. Cric 540331 39 Robby Boy Balfour Wrecked Prisons Reputation

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    Disc A020

    1. Cric 540407 40 Gen Daughter Czars Lieutenant Linen Closet
    2. Cric 540414 41 James Evans Fireman Extinguished Human Torch

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    Disc A021

    1. Cric 540421 42 Cesare Borgia His Most Difficult Murder
    2. Cric 540428 43 Widow Magee 3 Gypsies A Vermont Fandango

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    Disc A022

    1. Cric 540505 44 Bunny Baumler His Close Brush With Fame
    2. Cric 540512 45 Mr Clarkes Skeleton In Mr Arams Closet

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    Disc A023

    1. Cric 540526 46 Lethal Habit Of Marquise De Brinvilliers
    2. Cric 540602 47 Mr Jonathon Jewett

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    Disc A024

    1. Cric 540609 48 Assassination Of Leon Trotsky
    2. Cric 540616 49 Death Of A Baltimore Birdie Friend

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    Disc A025

    1. Cric 540623 50 Ali Pasha A Turkish Delight
    2. Cric 540630 51 Good Evening My Name Is Jack Ripper

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