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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.

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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.

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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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      55 shows - total playtime 10 hours 48 minutes
      1. In Crimelight 350508 001 George Carpenter Death Fraud.mp3
      2. In Crimelight 350605 005 Mary Collins Fatal Woman.mp3
      3. In Crimelight 350612 006 Murderess and Self Control.mp3
      4. In Crimelight 350619 007 Scared Straight.mp3
      5. In Crimelight 350626 008 The Sinking Of The Mitsui Maru.mp3
      6. In Crimelight 350703 009 The Price Of Crime.mp3
      7. In Crimelight 350710 010 A Story Of Blood And Beer.mp3
      8. In Crimelight 350717 011 Spcl Agent Hobbes Counterfeit Gang.mp3
      9. In Crimelight 350724 012 Gamblers.mp3
      10. In Crimelight 350731 013 Circumstantial Evidence.mp3
      11. In Crimelight 350807 014 Charles Urschel Kidnapping.mp3
      12. In Crimelight 350814 015 Bank Sneaks.mp3
      13. In Crimelight 350821 016 Birth and Death At Sea.mp3
      14. In Crimelight 350828 017 Lone Wolf Italian Crooks.mp3
      15. In Crimelight 350904 018 A Gambling Fool.mp3
      16. In Crimelight 350911 019 The Clue Of The Cap.mp3
      17. In Crimelight 350918 020 Tale Of The Historical Woman Forger.mp3
      18. In Crimelight 350925 021 Pirates On The Sea Of Saving.mp3
      19. In Crimelight 351002 022 The Black Hand.mp3
      20. In Crimelight 351009 023 Crime In India.mp3
      21. In Crimelight 351016 024 Rackets Are Coming.mp3
      22. In Crimelight 351023 025 Mechanical Aids To Crime.mp3
      23. In Crimelight 351030 026 Lowdown On Higherups Cracked.mp3
      24. In Crimelight 351106 027 What Makes A Great Detective.mp3
      25. In Crimelight 351113 028 Crime Laboratories.mp3
      26. In Crimelight 351120 029 Analysing Anonymous Letters.mp3
      27. In Crimelight 351127 030 Plot To Bankrupt Country.mp3
      28. In Crimelight 351204 031 Suicide By Hanging.mp3
      29. In Crimelight 351211 032 Punch Card Identification.mp3
      30. In Crimelight 351218 033 Paroled Prisoner-Part One.mp3
      31. In Crimelight 351225 034 Paroled Prisoner-Part Two.mp3
      32. In Crimelight 360101 035 Paroled Prisoner-Part Three.mp3
      33. In Crimelight 360108 036 Paroled Prisoner-Conclusion.mp3
      34. In Crimelight 360212 041 Assassination Of William Mckinley.mp3
      35. In Crimelight 360226 043 Kidnapping Of Charlie Ross.mp3
      36. In Crimelight 360311 045 Mom Mendelbaum Greatest Fence.mp3
      37. In Crimelight 360318 046 Walter Sheridan.mp3
      38. In Crimelight 360325 047 William CGilman Forger.mp3
      39. In Crimelight 360401 048 Personal Injury Fakers.mp3
      40. In Crimelight 360408 049 French Line During WWII.mp3
      41. In Crimelight 360415 050 Secret Service Smuggling Coolies.mp3
      42. In Crimelight 360506 053 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      43. In Crimelight 360513 054 About Death Of Pres Harding.mp3
      44. In Crimelight 360520 055 Listeners Letters.mp3
      45. In Crimelight 360527 056 Musing About Justice Reform.mp3
      46. In Crimelight 360603 057 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      47. In Crimelight 360610 058 More Listeners Letters.mp3
      48. In Crimelight 360701 061 From Federal Judge.mp3
      49. In Crimelight 360708 062 Virginia Brooks Unsolved Murder.mp3
      50. In Crimelight 360715 063 Heat And Crime Correlation.mp3
      51. In Crimelight 360722 064 About Belle Starr.mp3
      52. In Crimelight 360729 065 Letter About Fingerprinting.mp3
      53. In Crimelight 360805 066 Record James H. Farnsworth.mp3
      54. In Crimelight 370210 093 Murder Of Old Joe Walker.mp3
      55. In Crimelight 370217 094 Ambush In Mineshaft.mp3
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      55 shows - total playtime 10 hours 48 minutes
      1. In Crimelight 350508 001 George Carpenter Death Fraud.mp3
      2. In Crimelight 350605 005 Mary Collins Fatal Woman.mp3
      3. In Crimelight 350612 006 Murderess and Self Control.mp3
      4. In Crimelight 350619 007 Scared Straight.mp3
      5. In Crimelight 350626 008 The Sinking Of The Mitsui Maru.mp3
      6. In Crimelight 350703 009 The Price Of Crime.mp3
      7. In Crimelight 350710 010 A Story Of Blood And Beer.mp3
      8. In Crimelight 350717 011 Spcl Agent Hobbes Counterfeit Gang.mp3
      9. In Crimelight 350724 012 Gamblers.mp3
      10. In Crimelight 350731 013 Circumstantial Evidence.mp3
      11. In Crimelight 350807 014 Charles Urschel Kidnapping.mp3
      12. In Crimelight 350814 015 Bank Sneaks.mp3
      13. In Crimelight 350821 016 Birth and Death At Sea.mp3
      14. In Crimelight 350828 017 Lone Wolf Italian Crooks.mp3
      15. In Crimelight 350904 018 A Gambling Fool.mp3
      16. In Crimelight 350911 019 The Clue Of The Cap.mp3
      17. In Crimelight 350918 020 Tale Of The Historical Woman Forger.mp3
      18. In Crimelight 350925 021 Pirates On The Sea Of Saving.mp3
      19. In Crimelight 351002 022 The Black Hand.mp3
      20. In Crimelight 351009 023 Crime In India.mp3
      21. In Crimelight 351016 024 Rackets Are Coming.mp3
      22. In Crimelight 351023 025 Mechanical Aids To Crime.mp3
      23. In Crimelight 351030 026 Lowdown On Higherups Cracked.mp3
      24. In Crimelight 351106 027 What Makes A Great Detective.mp3
      25. In Crimelight 351113 028 Crime Laboratories.mp3
      26. In Crimelight 351120 029 Analysing Anonymous Letters.mp3
      27. In Crimelight 351127 030 Plot To Bankrupt Country.mp3
      28. In Crimelight 351204 031 Suicide By Hanging.mp3
      29. In Crimelight 351211 032 Punch Card Identification.mp3
      30. In Crimelight 351218 033 Paroled Prisoner-Part One.mp3
      31. In Crimelight 351225 034 Paroled Prisoner-Part Two.mp3
      32. In Crimelight 360101 035 Paroled Prisoner-Part Three.mp3
      33. In Crimelight 360108 036 Paroled Prisoner-Conclusion.mp3
      34. In Crimelight 360212 041 Assassination Of William Mckinley.mp3
      35. In Crimelight 360226 043 Kidnapping Of Charlie Ross.mp3
      36. In Crimelight 360311 045 Mom Mendelbaum Greatest Fence.mp3
      37. In Crimelight 360318 046 Walter Sheridan.mp3
      38. In Crimelight 360325 047 William CGilman Forger.mp3
      39. In Crimelight 360401 048 Personal Injury Fakers.mp3
      40. In Crimelight 360408 049 French Line During WWII.mp3
      41. In Crimelight 360415 050 Secret Service Smuggling Coolies.mp3
      42. In Crimelight 360506 053 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      43. In Crimelight 360513 054 About Death Of Pres Harding.mp3
      44. In Crimelight 360520 055 Listeners Letters.mp3
      45. In Crimelight 360527 056 Musing About Justice Reform.mp3
      46. In Crimelight 360603 057 Letters From Listeners.mp3
      47. In Crimelight 360610 058 More Listeners Letters.mp3
      48. In Crimelight 360701 061 From Federal Judge.mp3
      49. In Crimelight 360708 062 Virginia Brooks Unsolved Murder.mp3
      50. In Crimelight 360715 063 Heat And Crime Correlation.mp3
      51. In Crimelight 360722 064 About Belle Starr.mp3
      52. In Crimelight 360729 065 Letter About Fingerprinting.mp3
      53. In Crimelight 360805 066 Record James H. Farnsworth.mp3
      54. In Crimelight 370210 093 Murder Of Old Joe Walker.mp3
      55. In Crimelight 370217 094 Ambush In Mineshaft.mp3
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    55 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 48 min

    In The Crimelight Disc A001

    1. In Crimelight 350508 001 George Carpenter Death Fraud
    2. In Crimelight 350605 005 Mary Collins Fatal Woman
    3. In Crimelight 350612 006 Murderess and Self Control
    4. In Crimelight 350619 007 Scared Straight
    5. In Crimelight 350626 008 The Sinking Of The Mitsui Maru

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    In The Crimelight Disc A002

    1. In Crimelight 350703 009 The Price Of Crime
    2. In Crimelight 350710 010 A Story Of Blood And Beer
    3. In Crimelight 350717 011 Spcl Agent Hobbes Counterfeit Gang
    4. In Crimelight 350724 012 Gamblers
    5. In Crimelight 350731 013 Circumstantial Evidence

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    In The Crimelight Disc A003

    1. In Crimelight 350807 014 Charles Urschel Kidnapping
    2. In Crimelight 350814 015 Bank Sneaks
    3. In Crimelight 350821 016 Birth and Death At Sea
    4. In Crimelight 350828 017 Lone Wolf Italian Crooks
    5. In Crimelight 350904 018 A Gambling Fool

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    In The Crimelight Disc A004

    1. In Crimelight 350911 019 The Clue Of The Cap
    2. In Crimelight 350918 020 Tale Of The Historical Woman Forger
    3. In Crimelight 350925 021 Pirates On The Sea Of Saving
    4. In Crimelight 351002 022 The Black Hand
    5. In Crimelight 351009 023 Crime In India

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    In The Crimelight Disc A005

    1. In Crimelight 351016 024 Rackets Are Coming
    2. In Crimelight 351023 025 Mechanical Aids To Crime
    3. In Crimelight 351030 026 Lowdown On Higherups Cracked
    4. In Crimelight 351106 027 What Makes A Great Detective
    5. In Crimelight 351113 028 Crime Laboratories

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    In The Crimelight Disc A006

    1. In Crimelight 351120 029 Analysing Anonymous Letters
    2. In Crimelight 351127 030 Plot To Bankrupt Country
    3. In Crimelight 351204 031 Suicide By Hanging
    4. In Crimelight 351211 032 Punch Card Identification
    5. In Crimelight 351218 033 Paroled Prisoner-Part One

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    In The Crimelight Disc A007

    1. In Crimelight 351225 034 Paroled Prisoner-Part Two
    2. In Crimelight 360101 035 Paroled Prisoner-Part Three
    3. In Crimelight 360108 036 Paroled Prisoner-Conclusion
    4. In Crimelight 360212 041 Assassination Of William Mckinley
    5. In Crimelight 360226 043 Kidnapping Of Charlie Ross

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    In The Crimelight Disc A008

    1. In Crimelight 360311 045 Mom Mendelbaum Greatest Fence
    2. In Crimelight 360318 046 Walter Sheridan
    3. In Crimelight 360325 047 William CGilman Forger
    4. In Crimelight 360401 048 Personal Injury Fakers
    5. In Crimelight 360408 049 French Line During WWII

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    In The Crimelight Disc A009

    1. In Crimelight 360415 050 Secret Service Smuggling Coolies
    2. In Crimelight 360506 053 Letters From Listeners
    3. In Crimelight 360513 054 About Death Of Pres Harding
    4. In Crimelight 360520 055 Listeners Letters
    5. In Crimelight 360527 056 Musing About Justice Reform

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    In The Crimelight Disc A010

    1. In Crimelight 360603 057 Letters From Listeners
    2. In Crimelight 360610 058 More Listeners Letters
    3. In Crimelight 360701 061 From Federal Judge
    4. In Crimelight 360708 062 Virginia Brooks Unsolved Murder
    5. In Crimelight 360715 063 Heat And Crime Correlation

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    In The Crimelight Disc A011

    1. In Crimelight 360722 064 About Belle Starr
    2. In Crimelight 360729 065 Letter About Fingerprinting
    3. In Crimelight 360805 066 Record James H. Farnsworth
    4. In Crimelight 370210 093 Murder Of Old Joe Walker
    5. In Crimelight 370217 094 Ambush In Mineshaft

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