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Post by bojim1 on 1/3/2019, 4:02 am

Dorothy Kilgalin, wife of Boston Blackies Richard Kollmar, stars. Game show regular who's death was considered mysterious after she said she was going to blow the lid off the Kennedy assassination case.

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Post by greybelt on 1/3/2019, 7:32 am

Today's file name is
Big Story 47-10-15 (029) Bobby Soxer Kid From Bayonne [Dorothy Kilgallen, Journal American].mp3

There's no indication of the particular news event this story was created from.

1947-10-13 Franklin PA News-Herald
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-118

1947-10-14 Mansfield OH News-Journal
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-119

1947-10-15 Elmira NY Star-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-120

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Post by artatoldotr on 1/3/2019, 9:19 am

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Post by bojim1 on 1/4/2019, 2:57 am

The Unfinished Love Song......

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Post by artatoldotr on 1/4/2019, 9:58 am

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Post by greybelt on 1/4/2019, 1:43 pm

THIS ONE ... has a lot of detail...
Big Story 47-11-26 (035) Unfinished Love Song [Howard Beaufait, Cleveland News]

Here are the show summaries that were in the newspapers....

1947-11-26 Cumberland MD News
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-121

1947-11-26 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-122

And now here's the REAL story...

1924-01-17 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
A security guard is shot after a robbery...
The Big Story - Page 2 1924-010

1924-01-23 Zanesville OH Times Recorder
Two men were held, but were released... the killer was not found until many years later...
The Big Story - Page 2 1924-011

Thirteen years later, a man who was a bandleader, Fred Guss, who had changed his name
from John Kosinski, was charged...

1937-11-24 Newport News VA Daily Press
The Big Story - Page 2 1937-110

1937-11-24 Asheville NC Citizen-Times
The Big Story - Page 2 1937-111


...and convicted, all the time protesting his innocence...
1938-04-29 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 2 1938-010

1938-04-30 Mansfield OH Journal
The Big Story - Page 2 1938-011

1952-08-03 NY Sunday News
Our hero reporter, Howard Beaufait...
The Big Story - Page 2 1952-022

1952-08-03 NY Sunday News
The NY Sunday News had a long history of reporting historic cases from beginning-to-end
in a full- or two-page format, usually under the banner "A Justice Story." This article is from
1952 and goes through the entire details of the case and how John Kosinski was acquitted.
This is the very beginning of the Sunday News piece; the picture is of Kosinski.
The Big Story - Page 2 1952-023

Read the full story -- but download ASAP as this link will expire in a few days - there are two PDF files
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The story was also done on the TV version of The Big Story as the series' 25th episode on August 18, 1950. A video file is not available.

This is the cast of today's recording...
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Post by mjnunes84 on 1/4/2019, 2:37 pm

Wow, thanks for the great research, Greybelt.

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Post by bojim1 on 1/5/2019, 3:12 am

Is it really......The Final Curtain?

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Post by greybelt on 1/5/2019, 9:09 am

The file name is...
Big Story 47-12-10 (037) Final Curtain [Aubrey Maddock, Hartford Daily Courant] UPGRADE.mp3

THIS... is a story of a serial killer that went on to become a famous comedic play!
... and the reporter on the story worked in newspapers for only four years before abandoning his career and becoming a prominent and successful realtor!

The newspaper listings...

1947-12-10 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-027

1947-12-10 Latrobe PA Bulletin - Final Curtain
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-123

and the most important one that identifies the foundation of the episode...

1947-12-10 Hartford CT Courant
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-124
...and now the story....

Our hero reporter...

1950-04-30 Binghampton NY Press and Sun-Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 2 1950-019

Residents at a home for "the aged and infirm" were dying at a very high rate. They were being poisoned for the insurance money. Maddock began his investigation and it resulted in the finding, and exclusive story, that about 20 deaths were caused... but the killer was convicted of only one, and outlived many of the people involved in her prosecution the a home for the mentally ill.

The story was well known in Connecticut and was recounted many times in the years following. This is a 1974 article about it. Note the spectacular headline presentation on the reproduced front page when the story broke.

1974-02-03 Hartford CT Courant
The Big Story - Page 2 1974-010

And yes, the story became the inspiration of Arsenic and Old Lace which became a popular play and movie.

Here is the full story as a PDF from the "A Justice Story" syndicated news feature as it was published in the Honolulu Advertiser in 1962. The link will expire in a few days [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Maddock would leave his reported position to become a successful Hartford CT area realtor and active on many civic and business boards and committees. In 1937, he penned a reminiscence of his brief reporting career, and this is what he wrote about this case...

1937-05-02 Hartford CT Courant

The Big Story - Page 2 1937-010

Unfortunately, our hero reporter died about eighteen months after the show's airing. Maddock was a very prominent local person and his obituary was very long, so only the portions related to the case are presented below.
1949-05-18 Hartford Courant
The Big Story - Page 2 1949-014
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Post by artatoldotr on 1/5/2019, 9:13 am

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Post by mjnunes84 on 1/5/2019, 10:44 am

Thanks! That is really interesting background on that episode!

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Post by bojim1 on 1/6/2019, 2:56 am

The story of a hobo with a twist, he has a goal!!! Presenting "The Ambitious Hobo".

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Post by greybelt on 1/6/2019, 7:10 am

Big Story 47-12-17 (038) Ambitious Hobo [Russ Wilson, Des Moines Tribune] UPGRADE.mp3

The newspaper listings...

1947-12-17 Tampa FL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-125

1947-12-17 Akron OH Beacon Journal
There was a change in announcing duties with this broadcast
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-126

1947-12-17 Des Moines IA Tribune
Note the explanation that this was a fictionalized version,
like most all of what was heard on The Big Story
The Big Story - Page 2 1947-127

This is the only picture we could find of our hero reporter.
It's from a story about slot machines.
1935-05-10 Des Moines IA Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-010

Now the real story...
Please note that racial references are those of that time, and are the original news stories from 80 years ago.

John LeClair is shot.
1935-07-31 Muscatine IA Journal & News-Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-011

The family asks that a reward for the killer be offered: $250.
If that sounds small, it's a little more than US$4,600 today.

1935-08-07 Des Moines IA Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-012

The killer, John Lammey, is arrested and pleads guilty.
1935-09-12 Des Moines IA Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-013

Who is the story's "Ambitious Hobo"? It's John Kennedy, 56 years old, who wanted the dental work needed to play his cornet the way it's supposed to be played.

1935-09-12 Des Moines IA Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-014

1935-09-12 Des Moines IA Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-015

1935-09-17 Des Moines IA Tribune
The Big Story - Page 2 1935-016

Lammey was a problem prisoner, escaping twice, and finally losing his life in Arizona when shot by police, fifteen years later.
1950-02-15 Creston News Advertiser
The Big Story - Page 2 1950-020
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Post by artatoldotr on 1/6/2019, 9:03 am

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Post by bojim1 on 1/7/2019, 4:00 am

Manhunt In Manhattan Upgrade 2

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Post by greybelt on 1/7/2019, 7:25 am

Today's episode is Manhunt in Manhattan from early in 1948. The reporter involved was a legend in police reporting in the City, but the real events happened near the beginning of his career when he was just another news hound.


1948-01-07 Big Story script cover
SEVEN doubling actors! And five seemed like a lot the other day!
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-015

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Newspaper clippings

1948-01-07 Dayton OH Daily News
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-016

1948-01-07 Orlando FL Evening Star
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-017

1948-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-018

1961-05-19 NY Daily News
A picture of our hero reporter taken in 1959, thirty years after his real-life "big story."
The Big Story - Page 2 1961-011


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The real story goes back to May 1928. Interestingly, there are no bylines for Prager in the newspapers at this time! He was probably too low in the reporting staff to warrant one, or was behind the scenes in support of other reporters. Yet, it is clear he became well-known for this event and his participation in it.

A restaurant-bar was held up by a group of criminals. Actor's Inn was described as a "Jewish restaurant" (I am so longing for good pastrami, but I'll get back to the story), but it was actually a speakeasy. The confusion of the holdup in progress inside and outside with what was believed to be was a getaway car led to the shooting of two innocent people by a policeman. What's not reported in some of these early clips is that Ted Prager was at the restaurant and saw it all unfold, first hand. He would play a role in bringing the criminals to justice.

1928-05-29 NY Daily News
The Big Story - Page 2 1928-010

1928-05-30 NY Daily News
The police officer was cleared of wrongdoing. The investigation continues...
The Big Story - Page 2 1928-011

1928-07-04 NY Daily News
Suspects are held... but others are on the loose!
The Big Story - Page 2 1928-012

1928-12-20 NY Daily News
Two of the perpetrators are found guilty and sentenced.
Don't let the "$8,000" fool you -- that's more than US$117,000 in today's purchasing power.
Speakeasys were cash businesses... and everyone knew it...
The Big Story - Page 2 1928-110

1929-01-09 NY Daily News
Another perpetrator is caught... and he refuses to shave his
beard to thwart his identification by a witness.
The Big Story - Page 2 1929-012

1961-05-19 NY Daily News
Prager dies in 1961, and the Daily News prints a retrospective about his career... and it fills in details about the shooting at Actor's Inn that explain his part in the story.
The Big Story - Page 2 1961-010

I have posted a PDF of the full retrospective page at a link that will expire in a few days.
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Prager wrote a book, published in 1957, that is still greatly admired by those studying the mob activities in New York City. Daily News columnist Ben Gross loved it. There are still used copies available at various online places.

1957-08-26 NY Daily News
The Big Story - Page 2 1957-013
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Post by artatoldotr on 1/7/2019, 9:38 am

It's amazing how much print material is available

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Post by bojim1 on 1/8/2019, 3:23 am

Art.....I too am amazed by what Joe turns up. As I've said before, I wouldn't want Greybelt running a background check on me!

Big Story 48-05-05 (058) Pillars Of Society [William Miller, Cleveland Press] UPGRADE-2

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Post by greybelt on 1/8/2019, 5:04 am

May 5, 1948 -- Pillars of Society
The foundation real-life story of today's episode can't be found Sad
I'll explain below... but first...

Newspaper listings

1948-05-05 Fremont OH News-Messenger
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-024

1948-05-05 Orlando FL Evening Star
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-025

Where's the story?

William Miller worked at the Cleveland Press, a now defunct newspaper, for which there are no online archives that I could locate. There is an Ohio historical site that claims to offer access, but searches there were fruitless.

One of the ways these glimpses behind The Big Story curtain have been possible was by stumbling (most research involves stumbling and luck) upon obituaries of the reporters where a highlight of their career was spotlighted. Usually the fictionalized Big Story episode source could be found starting with that information, especially if the year was mentioned. Sometimes the reporter's newspaper would make a big deal about their story being highlighted on the show and mentioning the source story and the year it occurred.

William Miller died in 1989 and his obituary, at least in the New York Times, was brief, and highlighted a body of work that expanded greatly from his newspaper beginnings into high positions in magazine publishing. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Perhaps the trail of electronic breadcrumbs will get picked up later!
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Post by artatoldotr on 1/8/2019, 9:22 am

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Post by bojim1 on 1/9/2019, 3:26 am

Today we have only a partial. It goes without saying, but if anyone has the complete show, it would be greatly appreciated. Here's COT Lucky Long Shot [Indianapolis Star, Robert Early]....part 2

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Post by greybelt on 1/9/2019, 5:47 am

Grabbed this from the late Dave Siegel's collection over 15 years ago. There were so few The Big Story in circulation that even partial shows were welcome.

BUT... we do have the script that lets us read the missing part of the story. It's at this address [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] which expires in a few days.

The newspaper clippings...

1948-05-17 Fresno CA Bee
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-027

1948-05-09 Indianapolis IN Star
This one is special because it shows us our hero reporter and identifies the event that has been dramatized. This is also an important news clipping because it describes the process of how The Big Story writers investigated the underlying true story as they were developing their own script that would condense it all into their 23 minutes or so of drama presentation.
The Big Story - Page 2 1948-028

The Big Story - Page 2 1948-033


The original events...

This link is a 1931 summary of the case that might be worth reading before listening to the program and reading the script. Link expires in a few days
Case summary Daily_News_Sun__Jul_12__1931_.pdf
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1930-06-03 Indianapolis IN Star
It's May, 1930, and there's a burning car with an unidentified body in the wreckage near the Speedway. The case gets interesting in that it's almost like a Whistler  script: an affair, insurance fraud, and a grand cover-up.
click on image to see in full
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-010

1930-06-03 Indianapolis IN Star
A woman is thought to be involved in the case, but that lead turns cold...
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-011

1930-06-03 Indianapolis IN Star
No clue will go uninvestigated with this crack team of detectives.
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-012

1930-06-04 Kokomo IN Tribune
A raincoat provides an important clue...
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-013

1930-06-19 Indianapolis IN Star
The killer's wife admits he's still alive!
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-014

1930-06-19 Indianapolis IN Star
This letter home before the event -- part of the cover-up?
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-015

1930-06-20 Indianapolis IN Star
A break in the case is about to happen!
Note our hero's byline, here highlighted in yellow!
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-016

1930-06-21 Indianapolis IN News
click to see full image
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-019

1930-06-25 Munster IN Times
He's found, and bond is set at US$150,000 in today's money!
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-017

1930-09-31 Lafayette IN Journal and Courier
He's indicted!
The Big Story - Page 2 1930-018

1931-03-13 Muncie IN Evening Press
The Big Story - Page 2 1931-010

1931-03-13 Richmond IN Item
The Big Story - Page 2 1931-011

1931-03-16 Columbus IN Republic

The Big Story - Page 2 1931-012

1931-03-18 Munster IN Times
The Big Story - Page 2 1931-013

1931-09-21 Greenfield IN Daily Reporter
Everyone wants to get in on the act...
a psychic says she knows the identity of the victim
The Big Story - Page 2 1931-014

After serving just three years, Schroeder is paroled!

1934-06-03 Indianapolis IN Star
The Big Story - Page 2 1934-010

1934-06-04 Indianapolis IN News
The Big Story - Page 2 1934-011

1934-06-05 Muncie IN Star Press
The Big Story - Page 2 1934-012


Be sure to read the summary of the case at this point in 1931
Case summary Daily_News_Sun__Jul_12__1931_.pdf
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The closing of the broadcast makes no mention of Schroeder being paroled after such a short time served.


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Post by greybelt on 1/9/2019, 10:43 am

If you read the post of the Schroeder case earlier, I did add additional items to it regarding the release of Schroeder after only a short time served.
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Post by bojim1 on 1/10/2019, 4:08 am

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