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In The Crimelight

Captain Wilkie relates stories of counterfeiting investigations, con-men, scammers, racketeers, and foiling an assassination attempt against President Taft in 1909

27 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 17 min)
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"Conterfeit Gang"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Before the FBI was created in 1908, the main Federal law enforcement agencies were United States Marshals and the US Secret Service. The Marshals Service was established during the Presidency of George Washington as the enforcement arm of the Federal Court System. Although there were certainly some colorful, even flamboyant Marshals during the history of the Service, the main function of the Marshal's office was primarily paperwork related, serving writs, subpoenas, summonses, and warrants. In many areas of the frontier, the Marshals and their locally appointed Deputies may have been the only law enforcement available, but there simply was not enough manpower to investigate and combat major criminal enterprises.

US Marshall Badge

After the Civil War ended, as much as one-third of the United States Currency in circulation was counterfeit. On July 5, 1865, William P. Wood was sworn in as the first head of the Treasury Department's Secret Service Division with the mission of investigating and prosecuting counterfeiters. Since the Marshalls were so understaffed, the USSS was tasked with investigations ranging from murder to bank robbery to illegal gambling. Many of these investigatory duties went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after it was formed.

The modern Secret Service is best known for its role in protecting the President of the United States. This mission was created after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. Ironically, the legislation creating the Service was on President Lincoln's desk the night he was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

As a law enforcement agency and the nation's primary domestic intelligence and counterintelligence arm, Secret Service agents engaged in many daring and dangerous exploits. Hoping to cash in on his exploits, former Special Agent Dan Wilkie penned the 309-page tome American Secret Service Agent which was published by the Frederick A. Stokes company in 1934. In response to the book's popularity, the C.P. MacGregor Syndication Service hired Wilkie to record a series called In the Crimelight.

In the series, Captain Wilkie relates stories of counterfeiting investigations, conmen, scammers, racketeers, and foiling an assassination attempt against President Taft in 1909.

One of the series most unusual features began in the first episode when Wilkie told listeners, "tell me your biggest problem, whatever it is, and I'll try to help you! Send a letter to me at Laguna Beach, California." He continued to make the offer throughout the program's run, and several episodes are dedicated to listener letters.

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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 17 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 5 hours 17 minutes
      1. In Crimelight 011 350000 Spcl Agent Hobbes Counterfeit Gang.mp3
      2. In Crimelight 012 350000 Gamblers.mp3
      3. In Crimelight 023 350000 Crime In India.mp3
      4. In Crimelight 024 350000 Rackets Are Coming.mp3
      5. In Crimelight 025 350000 Mechanical Aids To Crime.mp3
      6. In Crimelight 026 350000 Lowdown On Higherups Cracked.mp3
      7. In Crimelight 043 350000 Kidnapping Of Charlie Ross.mp3
      8. In Crimelight 045 350000 Mom Mendelbaum Greatest Fence.mp3
      9. In Crimelight 046 350000 Walter Sheridan.mp3
      10. In Crimelight 047 350000 William CGilman Forger.mp3
      11. In Crimelight 048 350000 Personal Injury Fakers.mp3
      12. In Crimelight 049 350000 French Line During WWII.mp3
      13. In Crimelight 050 350000 Secret Service Smuggling Coolies.mp3
      14. In Crimelight 053 350000 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      15. In Crimelight 054 350000 About Death Of Pres Harding.mp3
      16. In Crimelight 055 350000 Listeners Letters.mp3
      17. In Crimelight 056 350000 Musing About Justice Reform.mp3
      18. In Crimelight 057 350000 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      19. In Crimelight 058 350000 More Listeners Letters.mp3
      20. In Crimelight 061 350000 From Federal Judge.mp3
      21. In Crimelight 062 350000 Virginia Brooks Unsolved Murder.mp3
      22. In Crimelight 063 350000 Heat And Crime Correlation.mp3
      23. In Crimelight 064 350000 About Belle Starr.mp3
      24. In Crimelight 065 350000 Letter About Fingerprinting.mp3
      25. In Crimelight 066 350000 What Was Record Of James H. Farnsworth.mp3
      26. In Crimelight 093 350000 Murder Of Old Joe Walker.mp3
      27. In Crimelight 094 350000 Ambush In Mineshaft.mp3
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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 17 min
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      27 shows - total playtime 5 hours 17 minutes
      1. In Crimelight 011 350000 Spcl Agent Hobbes Counterfeit Gang.mp3
      2. In Crimelight 012 350000 Gamblers.mp3
      3. In Crimelight 023 350000 Crime In India.mp3
      4. In Crimelight 024 350000 Rackets Are Coming.mp3
      5. In Crimelight 025 350000 Mechanical Aids To Crime.mp3
      6. In Crimelight 026 350000 Lowdown On Higherups Cracked.mp3
      7. In Crimelight 043 350000 Kidnapping Of Charlie Ross.mp3
      8. In Crimelight 045 350000 Mom Mendelbaum Greatest Fence.mp3
      9. In Crimelight 046 350000 Walter Sheridan.mp3
      10. In Crimelight 047 350000 William CGilman Forger.mp3
      11. In Crimelight 048 350000 Personal Injury Fakers.mp3
      12. In Crimelight 049 350000 French Line During WWII.mp3
      13. In Crimelight 050 350000 Secret Service Smuggling Coolies.mp3
      14. In Crimelight 053 350000 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      15. In Crimelight 054 350000 About Death Of Pres Harding.mp3
      16. In Crimelight 055 350000 Listeners Letters.mp3
      17. In Crimelight 056 350000 Musing About Justice Reform.mp3
      18. In Crimelight 057 350000 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      19. In Crimelight 058 350000 More Listeners Letters.mp3
      20. In Crimelight 061 350000 From Federal Judge.mp3
      21. In Crimelight 062 350000 Virginia Brooks Unsolved Murder.mp3
      22. In Crimelight 063 350000 Heat And Crime Correlation.mp3
      23. In Crimelight 064 350000 About Belle Starr.mp3
      24. In Crimelight 065 350000 Letter About Fingerprinting.mp3
      25. In Crimelight 066 350000 What Was Record Of James H. Farnsworth.mp3
      26. In Crimelight 093 350000 Murder Of Old Joe Walker.mp3
      27. In Crimelight 094 350000 Ambush In Mineshaft.mp3
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    27 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 17 min

    In The Crimelight Disc A001

    1. In Crimelight 011 350000 Spcl Agent Hobbes Counterfeit Gang
    2. In Crimelight 012 350000 Gamblers
    3. In Crimelight 023 350000 Crime In India
    4. In Crimelight 024 350000 Rackets Are Coming
    5. In Crimelight 025 350000 Mechanical Aids To Crime

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    In The Crimelight Disc A002

    1. In Crimelight 026 350000 Lowdown On Higherups Cracked
    2. In Crimelight 043 350000 Kidnapping Of Charlie Ross
    3. In Crimelight 045 350000 Mom Mendelbaum Greatest Fence
    4. In Crimelight 046 350000 Walter Sheridan
    5. In Crimelight 047 350000 William CGilman Forger

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    In The Crimelight Disc A003

    1. In Crimelight 048 350000 Personal Injury Fakers
    2. In Crimelight 049 350000 French Line During WWII
    3. In Crimelight 050 350000 Secret Service Smuggling Coolies
    4. In Crimelight 053 350000 Letters From Listeners
    5. In Crimelight 054 350000 About Death Of Pres Harding

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    In The Crimelight Disc A004

    1. In Crimelight 055 350000 Listeners Letters
    2. In Crimelight 056 350000 Musing About Justice Reform
    3. In Crimelight 057 350000 Letters From Listeners
    4. In Crimelight 058 350000 More Listeners Letters
    5. In Crimelight 061 350000 From Federal Judge

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    In The Crimelight Disc A005

    1. In Crimelight 062 350000 Virginia Brooks Unsolved Murder
    2. In Crimelight 063 350000 Heat And Crime Correlation
    3. In Crimelight 064 350000 About Belle Starr
    4. In Crimelight 065 350000 Letter About Fingerprinting
    5. In Crimelight 066 350000 What Was Record Of James H. Farnsworth

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    In The Crimelight Disc A006

    1. In Crimelight 093 350000 Murder Of Old Joe Walker
    2. In Crimelight 094 350000 Ambush In Mineshaft

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