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Post by greybelt on 1/10/2019, 7:35 am

The "Deadline Murder" was only five years before this episode of The Big Story. The other episodes so far went back many more years.

The newspaper clippings...

1948-05-19 Dayton OH Journal Herald
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-036

1948-05-19 Minneapolis MN Star
The home paper of our hero reporter gives us many clues about the underlying story.
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-037

1948-05-19 Minneapolis MN Star
Many Big Story appearances of local reporters stories got extra
attention in both editorial content and in radio station advertising
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-038

And now the real-life happenings...


1943-04-30 Minneapolis MN Star
The case unfolded quickly...
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-022

1943-04-30 Minneapolis MN Star
The gruesome discovery at the dump
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1943-05-01 Minneapolis MN Star Tribune
The next day, the rapid progress of the case is presented in timetable form
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-024

1943-05-03 Minneapolis MN Star Tribune
The case is solved in record time
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-025

1943-05-06 Minneapolis MN Star
Officers are commended for their work
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-026
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Post by artatoldotr on 1/10/2019, 9:40 am

Thanks to you both
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Post by bojim1 on 1/11/2019, 3:02 am

Another partial show.....such a tease!!

Big Story 48-06-30 (066) PART1ONLY HateBetweenBrother&Sister [StLouisGlobeDemocrat AlbertBHendry]

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Post by greybelt on 1/11/2019, 5:02 am

We have only part 1 of this episode, which does not have a true title on its script cover. The file title comes from a phrase used in its introduction. The script is all the more important when you don't have the conclusion of the story, and it's at this link for the next few days... [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

We've struck out here in the attempts to find the original event for this episode. It seems our reporter, Albert B. Hendry, drifted from job to job in the St. Louis area, doing some newspaper work, some public relations work, and other jobs involving writing. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is not in any of the online data base services. He was not employed in the newspaper business at the time the story ran on the program, so there was no reason to give it a little extra hype in editorial copy. I could find out about his divorce, the party that the newspaper had when he re-married, but not about the assignment that got him $500 from The Big Story! (In case you were wondering, that's US$5,300 today)

Here are the news clippings for the episode...


1948-06-30 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-042

1948-06-30 Dayton OH Daily News
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-043

1948-06-30 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-044

1948-06-30 Orlando FL Evening Star
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-045
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Post by artatoldotr on 1/11/2019, 10:23 am

Thanks Greybelt & Bojim1

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Post by bojim1 on 1/12/2019, 3:51 am

Another partial show Sad Sad Sad Sad Big Story 48-07-07 (067) PART2ONLY Woman Was a Witch [Tulsa Tribune, George Cleveland} Bullette]

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Post by greybelt on 1/12/2019, 6:02 am

THIS IS A REVISED POSTING
We originally thought we were thwarted by a defunct newspaper that's not in any online archives and a reporter who had an erratic employment history in and out of the newspaper industry. At the time of the broadcast, he was working in a corporate publications department. A little more searching found the case... with no mention in the original stories of our hero reporter.

This is a partial episode, so here is the link to the script to catch up with the opening of the program. The link expires in a few days...  https://we.tl/t-7rcpB9gQvU

Episode newspaper clippings...

1948-07-07 Dayton OH Journal Herald
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-050

1948-07-07 East Liverpool OH Evening Review
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-051

1948-07-07 Orlando FL Evening Star
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-052

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Finally, after originally posting that we could not find anything, a break in the research! This was the clipping that did it by specifying the year or the story... and that helped focus the searches...

1948-06-17 Stillwell OK Democrat Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-053

Here are the news stories; some of them are a little blurry but there is enough repetition in some of them to pick up the important details.

1944-04-03 St Louis MO Star & Times
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-028

1944-04-03 St Louis MO Star & Times
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-029

1944-04-04 Amarillo TX Daily News
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-030

1944-04-04 Victoria TX Advocate
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-031

1944-04-05 Abilene TX Reporter-News
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-032

1944-04-06 Austin TX Statesman
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-033

1944-10-11 Miami OK Daily News-Record
There's a Miami, Oklahoma? Who knew! Smile
The Big Story - Page 3 1944-116

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There is a Halloween attraction modeled after the "Hex House" -- the original house is gone.
This website for the attraction has details about the history
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Post by emruf7 on 1/13/2019, 3:42 am

greybelt wrote:Today's episode is Manhunt in Manhattan from early in 1948. ...
SEVEN doubling actors! And five seemed like a lot the other day!

I'm no expert on this series, but I vaguely recall reading their 1950 Christmas script ("Holiday with Murder," I think) and noting that everybody (except maybe the narrator) doubled. Nine actors playing eighteen characters. Usually you see that kind of thing in the hour-long dramatic series like Mercury Theatre or Lux, et cetera.

By the way, I'm still following the Suspense thread.

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Post by bojim1 on 1/13/2019, 3:58 am

We return with a full episode today!!

Big Story 48-07-21 (069) The Lottery [Keeler McCartney, Atlanta Constitution]

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Post by greybelt on 1/13/2019, 8:26 am

When this program and the one featuring Dorothy Kilgallen were found in the 1970s, they brought The Big Story episodes to around six or seven episodes... so this was a really big deal for OTRdom.

And speaking of big deals, you can just put some money down and win big in the Atlanta version of what are generally referred to as the numbers rackets.

First, a look at the newspaper clippings...

1948-07-21 Tampa FL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-054

1948-07-18 Tampa Bay FL Times
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1948-07-18 Shreveport LA Times
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-056

1948-07-21 Atlanta GA Constitution
The paper was proud of its staffer's recognition
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-057

1948-07-18 Atlanta GA Constitution
A photo of our hero reporter and background on the story and career.
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-058

And now the story's background...


Before we begin, here's a non-lottery story by McCartney. Very often our hero
reporters were not getting bylines for any stories prior to their "big" one.
McCartney seemed to have enough of a position at the paper to do so.
1943-11-19 Atlanta GA Constitution
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-110

In 1945, the lottery rackets were in the papers most every day.
These are just a small sample.

1945-02-09 Atlanta GA Constitution
The Big Story - Page 3 1945-028

1945-02-11 Atlanta GA Constitution
There was such interest in the lottery games that others were being added.
The Big Story - Page 3 1945-029

1945-02-13 Atlanta GA Constitution
The Big Story - Page 3 1945-030

1945-03-20 Atlanta GA Constitution
The lottery runners were well-known to the authorities and McCartney.
This is a curious piece about a car race where the contestants were notorious
for their abilities to evade even the most skilled police drivers.
The Big Story - Page 3 1945-031

1945-03-27 Atlanta GA Constitution
We catch you running numbers, we'll keep your booze as an ill-gotten gain!
The Big Story - Page 3 1945-032

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It appears that McCartney would be at the Constitution for the rest of his career. He passed away in 1994 at age 79, meaning that he was around 33 years old at the time of the recognition by The Big Story. His writings and correspondence are at Emory University [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] From what I can tell they have not been indexed so there is no indication of any The Big Story items there... until someone goes and looks!
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Post by bojim1 on 1/14/2019, 3:55 am

Big Story 49-01-05 (091) 16YrOldMisfitKillsOutOfFear [AlAaronson LouisvilleCourierJournal] UPGRADE

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Post by greybelt on 1/14/2019, 6:24 am

News clippings

1948-12-28 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
This clip gave a clue as to the original event... but what year?
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-113

1949-01-05 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-022

1948-12-28 Louisville KY Courier-Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1948-114

It's clear that our hero reporter became a highly regarded newspaper editor and executive

1941-02-02 Louisville KY Courier Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1941-013

1942-05-16 Louisville KY Courier-Journal
Despite his stature in the industry, the details of this roast of him has him respected and beloved.
The Big Story - Page 3 1942-015

Aronson would retire in 1951, about three years after The Big Story broadcast -- but the story they dramatized was from very early in his career, in 1909, when a failed daytime bank robbery led to the deaths of four people in New Albany, IN...

1909-11-13 Louisville KY Courier-Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1909-110

1909-11-14 Louisville KY Courier Journal
This is a complete breakdown of the case. Click on the image to see in full and a more readable size. Newspaper reporting certainly changed in the next 100 years, with a de-emphasis on the exhaustive details such as found here and more of an emphasis on key points and overview. The lower right hand of the image reports that a phrenologist said this kid would be bad... if you don't know what phrenology is, it's the measurement of bumps on a skull as an indicator of mental traits. It's pseudoscience at its best, but back in the early 1900s, there were people who believed it was real science.
The Big Story - Page 3 1909-111

1910-02-24 Bluefield WV Daily Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 3 1910-010

1910-05-11 Asheville NC Western Carolina Enterprise
The perpetrator is sentenced
The Big Story - Page 3 1910-011

There are more articles about the incident in a PDF that is issued by the New Albany Library
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The incident was also written up as a short story that originally appeared in Smashing Detective Stories in 1951. The story is available at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and it helped narrow down which particular robbery this The Big Story episode was based on.
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Post by bojim1 on 1/15/2019, 4:17 am

Big Story 49-01-26 (094) Liquidating Partnership (Jigsaw Crime) [Joseph Werges, Arkansas Gazette]

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Post by greybelt on 1/15/2019, 6:26 am

This was a tough one until a clip about the episode mentioned the underlying case.

Newspaper clippings...

1949-01-26 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-023

1949-01-26 Tampa FL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-024

1949-01-26 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-025

It's always easier to find the underlying events when the home town paper trumpets its own reporter... the newspaper did it for multiple days, but only once identified the actual events...


1949-01-15 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-026

1949-01-18 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-027

1949-01-26 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-028

1949-01-27 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-029

Wirges was a beloved fixture at the newspaper, even being referred to locally as "Joe Gazette."

This case was in 1931, but he was so successful in his early career, they did an extended profile of him in 1936! (PDF) [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

He retired in 1966, and the paper paid him tribute...
1966-07-11 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1966-011

... and had a special feature about his exploits (PDF) [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

... and was honored by the police.
1966-07-23 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1966-010

And now the story...

Two drifters were traveling through Arkansas and one kills the other, but leaves no clues. When they finally figure some of it out, the murderer pleads self-defense... and then the case turns against him.

1931-10-08 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
Information sent by mail... not by fax or e-mail...
I wonder how many criminals got away because the technology
for instant information sharing was still decades away...
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-110

1931-10-11 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-111

1931-10-17 Murfreesboro TN Daily News-Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-112

1931-10-17 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-113

1931-10-17 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-114

1931-10-18 Little Rock Arkansas Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-115

1931-11-17 Hope AR Star
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-116
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Post by bojim1 on 1/16/2019, 3:14 am

Big Story 49-03-09 (102) Respected Chemist Dead [Ike McAnally, Cleveland News] LQ HAS TIME TONE

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Post by greybelt on 1/16/2019, 9:07 am

This is a big story, literally, that captured the nation's attention for months. A missing chemist... and his affair with his secretary (and art model!)... befuddles the police and their families... and ends in tragedy with an interesting twist of distorted altruism...

But first, the episode clippings...

1949-03-09 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-030

1949-03-09 Atlanta GA Constitution
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-031

1949-03-09 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-032

1949-03-09 Bluefield WV Daily Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-033

By the time this aired, reporter Ike McAnally had moved on to work at the NY Daily News years before and had a successful career there. Not much information could be found about him.

And now the story...

A popular and successful chemist, who specializes in water purification, is suddenly missing. Family and authorities fear foul play has taken him.

1929-11-09 Marshfield WI News-Herald
The Big Story - Page 3 1929-110

His wife fears that he is dead.
1929-11-12 Lansing MI State Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1929-111

Authorities believe he is in Philadelphia where he was seeking a contract for his services.
1929-11-12 Lebanon PA Daily News
The Big Story - Page 3 1929-112

Police hold a suspect, mistakenly
1929-11-14 Hazleton PA Plain Speaker
The Big Story - Page 3 1929-113

They're dredging the river looking for his body
1929-11-22 Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
The Big Story - Page 3 1929-114

The New Year is coming, and papers everywhere are reporting on the still unsolved mystery.
That US$5,000 they mention is almost $75,000 today.
1929-12-20 Palm Beach FL Post
The Big Story - Page 3 1929-115

The fruitless search continues
1930-02-04 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-020

His secretary, also missing, may have knowledge of what happened
1930-02-06 Windsor ON Star
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-021

He husband knows what was going on, that's for sure
1930-02-11 Portsmouth OH Daily Times
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-022

The story breaks... in Vienna!... with the lovers in a murder-suicide.
They fled with money, fake passports and new names to Europe, and to the
country of his birth, Austria. The money was running out... and it had to end.
The twist to the story:
The deaths were timed to be before his life insurance lapsed!
Premiums were being paid secretly while he was missing!
The policy was still in effect with his family as beneficiaries.
1930-03-25 Dayton OH Herald
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-023

The bizarre case summarized
1930-03-26 Boston MA Globe
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-024

1930-03-28 Lincoln NB Journal Star
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-025

A strangely written account of how the hotel room where the murder-suicide
took place, had been the site of tragedy before. (Large image, click to see in full)

1930-06-01 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 3 1930-026

The St. Louis Post Dispatch of April 13, 1930 had a summary of the case (PDF)
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Post by bojim1 on 1/17/2019, 3:15 am

An upgrade of yesterday's show
Big Story 49-03-09 (102) Respected Chemist Dead [Ike McAnally, Cleveland News] UPGRADE

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Post by jerry6 on 1/17/2019, 10:27 am

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Post by bojim1 on 1/18/2019, 3:10 am

Big Story 49-06-08 (115) Bitterest Man On the Earth [JulianCHouseman, RichmondNewsLeader] UPGRADE


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Post by greybelt on 1/18/2019, 7:07 am

"Bitterest Man in the World" -- you would be to if you were convicted of something you didn't do... but on top of that, they don't even think you... are you!

Not many newspaper clips here...

1949-06-08 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-034

1949-06-08 La Crosse WI Tribune
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-035

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In 1932, Nellie Finny was murdered, but husband Albert Finny was not caught for many years, captured in New York, and convicted of killing his wife. "Albert" protests that he is John Henry Warren, all to deaf ears, and is sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Numerous people, including prisoners, start to believe Warren, and so does our hero reporter, Julian Hausemen.

Pressure starts to build for a new trial, and Hauseman even supplies an affidavit to the court in support of the cause. Warren asks for a new trial, and gets it, and is eventually freed! From reading through many newspapers tracking down this particular story, mistaken identity in the criminal system was very common. Today, with fingerprinting technologies and especially DNA testing, this tragedy is far less common than it was at this moment in history.

Here are some of the news stories ... look for our reporter's name!

1938-06-13 Richmond VA Times-Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 3 1938-012

1938-06-14 Richmond VA Times-Dispatch
Editorial comment about the Warren situation
The Big Story - Page 3 1938-013

1938-06-14 Richmond VA Times-Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 3 1938-014

1938-07-24 Richmond VA Times-Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 3 1938-015

1938-07-26 Richmond VA Times-Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 3 1938-016

1938-08-20 Pittsburgh PA Courier
The Big Story - Page 3 1938-017
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The Poison Pen Murders [Tom Mercer, Cincinnati Inquirer] AFRS UPGRADE

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Post by greybelt on 1/19/2019, 6:43 am

Poison Pen Murders

The show's newspaper clippings...

1949-07-20 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-036

1949-07-20 La Crosse WI Tribune
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-037

The Enquirer gives details of their intrepid reporter's story
1949-07-17 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-038

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This one was pretty easy to find... and there's a lot of information. The killer evaded arrest for years, but an Italian immigrant who knew a jiu jitsu hold got him!

1933-11-12 Dayton OH Daily News
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-110

1933-11-12 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-111

1933-11-13 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-112

1933-11-15 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-113

1933-11-16 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-114

A month passes with no real breaks in the case, but the justice process moves forward...

1933-12-15 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-115

1933-12-16 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1933-116

A reward is offered... will it help?
1934-03-01 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1934-013

A grocer stops him from robbing his store!
1935-11-11 Minneapolis MN Star
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-110

It's a bum rap, Keller says...
1935-11-12 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-111

Details about the capture...
1935-11-14 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-112

1935-11-16 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-113

1935-11-26 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-114

The insanity defense is attempted
1935-12-17 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-115

1935-12-18 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1935-116

The big headline -- the Lindbergh case is in the national news
Keller gets the subheadline
1936-01-17 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-010

1936-01-17 Massillon OH Evening Independent
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-011

The reward is split
1936-01-28 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-012

All the appeals are exhausted
1936-06-10 Newark OH Advocate
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-013

1936-07-02 Cincinnati OH Enquirer
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-014

1936-07-02 Lancaster OH Eagle-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-015

1936-07-02 Logan OH Daily News
The Big Story - Page 3 1936-016
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Post by bojim1 on 1/20/2019, 3:23 am

Big Story 49-10-12 (133) The Loneliest Man On Earth [Ray Sprigle, Pittsburgh Post] AFRS#14 FROM DISC

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Post by greybelt on 1/20/2019, 9:12 am

Ray Sprigle was quite the reporter -- he even had himself admitted to a psychiatric facility to report on the conditions there, and with great peril investigated black markets in meat. He had been involved in other stories exonerating innocent persons, but this was the big one. In this case, it did not take forever to get Paul Boggs released... it took longer...

Here are the news clippings for the episode...

1949-10-12 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-123

1949-10-12 Akron OH Beacon Journal
Even a relative's paper brought attention to the episode
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-124

For this episode, the identification of the true-life incident was mentioned in the TV listing for this story when it was done in that medium.

1931-05-22 Somerset PA Daily American
The Big Story - Page 3 1931-015

1937-04-21 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1937-011

1937-04-23 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1937-012

1943-09-01 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-028
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-027

1943-09-02 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-029

1943-09-09 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-030

1943-10-05 Pittsburgh PA Press
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-110

1943-12-09 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-111

1943-12-09 Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
The Big Story - Page 3 1943-112

1949-06-19 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-039
The Big Story - Page 3 1949-040

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The original account of the Paul Boggs story was found because of
these comments by the paper's TV critic, Win Fanning, who did not
like TV portrayal. Neither did Sprigel, it seems.

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