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Post by greybelt 1/31/2019, 7:41 am

No story background today. We've been quite lucky with the last few. There are some references to the assistance Bernard Beckwith made in solving the "Emaline Rice" murder. The storyline in the newspapers for the 1952 TV presentation of the story refer to a "missing bride." There is remarkably little reference to today's posted episode in the newspapers other than it was on and featured a story from Colorado, or Denver, or mentioned Beckwith's name. The Denver Post archives prior to 1993 are not online. Stumped!

Just a mere change in spelling and some different key words changed some of the results enough to help track things down!

No detailed information on the show or our reporter can be found. But this is the case...
John Rice kills his wife, and keeps changing the story he tells the police...

1950-04-06 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-060

1950-04-07 Billings MT Gazette
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-061

1950-04-09 St Louis MO Post-Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-062

1950-04-10 Greeley CO Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-063

1950-04-10 Greenville MS Delta Democrat-Times
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-064

1950-04-16 Albuquerque NM Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-065

1950-04-23 Casper WI Star-Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-066

1950-05-15 Greeley CO Daily Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-067

1950-05-18 Albuquerque NM Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-068

1950-08-25 Greeley CO Daily Tribune
in an early day edition
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-069

1950-08-25 Greeley CO Daily Tribune
in a later edition that same day
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-070

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Post by mjnunes84 1/31/2019, 10:44 am

I continue to be impressed with the research! Thank you!

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Post by artatoldotr 1/31/2019, 10:52 am

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Post by bojim1 2/1/2019, 2:55 am

Big Story 51-04-04 (210) Poker Game Ends In Death [William E Doherty, Chicago Sun Times]

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Post by artatoldotr 2/1/2019, 9:12 am

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Post by greybelt 2/1/2019, 1:41 pm

"Poker game ends in death"... and a police hunt, and a trial...

Newspaper clipping -- by now, radio was getting less coverage in the listings...
1951-04-04 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-026

There was not any bylined content from our hero reporter, Bill Doherty. The Chicago Sun-Times archives are not available online, so most of the news clips are from the Chicago Tribune, and they were not about to mention him. Six different Doherty brothers worked as reporters in Chicago, and it led to kidding about it being a "family business." Doherty would later work for the Tribune prior to semi-retirement in California. He wrote a book, Crime Reporter, published in 1964 by Exposition Press; used copies can be found online... this picture of the book is on Amazon where it sells for about $30.
The Big Story - Page 5 412FFRBll2L._SY279_BO1,204,203,200_

An alumni magazine profiled Doherty in their December 1964 issue after the release of his book
The Big Story - Page 5 1964-110

And now the story... a poker game turns into disaster, and it plays out for a couple of years in the papers of Chicago and the surrounding states...

1947-05-19 Racine WI Journal Times
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-029

1947-05-19 Wisconsin Rapids WI Daily Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-030

1947-05-20 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-031

1947-05-27 Benton Harbor MI News-Palladium
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-032

1947-05-27 St Joseph MI Herald-Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-033

1947-06-04 Mattoon IL Journal Gazette
There's a town named Matoon? Who knew?!
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-036

1947-06-04 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-034

1947-06-10 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-035

1947-06-10 Decatur IL Herald
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-037

1947-06-11 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1947-038

1948-10-22 Chicago IL Tribune
Months later, they finally get Horodecki!
The Big Story - Page 5 1948-115

1949-02-17 Chicago IL Tribune
Almost two years later, justice starts being served...
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-056

1949-02-18 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-057

1949-02-25 Chicago IL Tribune
No, it wasn't me, your honor...
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-058

1949-02-26 Bloomington Hills IL Pantagraph
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-059

1949-02-27 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-060

1949-02-28 Dixon IL Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-061

1949-04-01 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-062

1949-07-17 Chicago IL Tribune
Another trial begins...
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-063

1949-10-14 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-132

1949-10-15 Bloomington Hills IL Pantagraph
Innocent? He certainly was no choir boy...
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-133

1950-12-14 Chicago IL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-122

1963-01-23 De Kalb IL Daily Chronicle
Can't find any record of his being released or dying in prison...
The Big Story - Page 5 1963-010

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Post by artatoldotr 2/1/2019, 2:43 pm

I Can't believe how much background material you are able to come up with.

Great Job !

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Post by bojim1 2/2/2019, 3:08 am

Big Story 51-07-25 (226) Forty Minutes to Meet a Deadline [Cleveland Press, Bus Bergen] UPGRADE

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Post by greybelt 2/2/2019, 3:51 am

"Forty minutes to deadline"

It didn't happen exactly as the Big Story adaptation says, but it is authentic Smile

Again, not many news clippings...
1951-07-25 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-027

1951-07-25 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-028

Bus Bergen was a legendary Cleveland court reporter, known for the things reporters hang around courts for, knowing the judges, attorneys, the workers, the security details, and anyone else who could shed light on a story. Many of the stories about Bergen talk about his connections and the hard drinking beat he was on. Sometimes the bar around the corner may be a better place to get the inside scoop than in the back rooms of the courthouse.

He did investigative stuff, too. The picture below was part of his health exam before getting admitted into a hospital, undercover, as a patient to pursue a story about corrupt practices.
The Big Story - Page 5 9c786cb42d615abd6375a29ee5ec797b
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This authentic Big Story seems more like a Mr. Keen episode... a millionaire husband who "plays the field" is accused of poisoning his estranged wife. But because there's a dog involved in the story... and a girlfriend who lies about her age... it has all the elements of a Frank and Anne Hummert series plotline!

1950-07-19 Baltimore MD Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-071

1950-07-19 Louisville KY Courier-Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-072

1950-07-19 Pittsburgh PA Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-073

1950-07-27 Akron OH Beacon Journal
Our hero reporter is bylined!
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-074

1950-08-06 NY Daily News
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-075

1950-12-04 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-123

1950-12-13 Newark OH Advocate
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-124

1951-01-23 Akron OH Beacon Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-029

1951-01-24 Dayton OH Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-030

1951-01-24 Rochester NY Democrat & Chronicle
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-031

1951-02-25 NY Daily News
From a larger account of the case, noted below
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-032

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The way I was certain that I found the right Bergen story was that the cover page of the script indicated someone in the role of "dog"! And the actor's name is Barker!

The Big Story - Page 5 Script11

The name is not a joke: Brad Barker was an animal imitator. Jack French wrote an article about this interesting class of actors for the Metro Washington OTR Club, and it's an entertaining and informative read.
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Big Story 51-07-25 (226) Forty Minutes to Meet a Deadline [Cleveland Press, Bus Bergen] UPGRADE

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Big Story 52-03-19 (260) Reporter Risks Life To Avenge Friends Murder[AlanCopperthwaite HelenaMTIndRec]

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Post by greybelt 2/4/2019, 3:56 am

The newspaper clippings for the episode...

1952-03-19 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-047

1952-03-19 Paducah KY Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-048

1952-03-16 Butte Montana Standard
This clipping made the search for details easy...
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-049

No details about Allen Cowperthwaite's career, or bylined stories, other than those mentioned in these clips, were found in the online searches. This Big Story was presented in the TV series in 1955, and a newspaper clip for that show states that it was Cowperthwaite who was able to identify Kilmer's body. It also states that it was his idea to investigate recent crime sprees in the effort to track down the killers.

And now, the real life events that were "authentically fictionalized"...

1940-10-22 Kalispell MT Daily Inter Lake
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-110

1940-10-23 Billings MT Gazette
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-111

1940-10-25 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-112

1940-10-25 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-113

1940-10-29 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-115

1940-10-29 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-114

1940-10-29 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-116

1940-11-26 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-117

1940-12-06 Helena MT Independent-Record
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-118

1940-12-20 Butte Montana Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1940-119

1941-08-05 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
The Big Story - Page 5 1941-010

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Post by artatoldotr 2/4/2019, 9:57 am

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Big Story 52-10-08 (282) Hot Lead Catches a Cold Blooded Killer [Miami Herald, William H Adams]

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Post by greybelt 2/5/2019, 7:58 am

"Hot Lead Catches Cold Blooded Killer"

Unfortunately we have no details about our hero reporter, but we may be seeing his work in un-bylined fashion in the clips below.

Episode newspaper clips...

1952-10-08 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-120

1952-10-08 Tampa FL Times
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-121

The body of a vacationing Baltimore pharmacist is found along the Tamiami Trail (US41)... with no clues as to who he is or who did it... or where the murder happened... because the killer thought "traveling companion" meant the body in the trunk...

1949-03-17 Ft Myers FL News-Press
Police wondered if this was connected to another case,
but it was determined that this was a unique vicious act
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-065

1949-03-17 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-066

1949-03-17 Shamokin PA News-Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-067

1949-03-18 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
The death notice includes Applebaum's college fraternity
calling upon its members for remembrance and assistance
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-068

1949-03-19 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
More details... Who sold Leonard Applebaum's car?
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-069

1949-03-21 Miami FL News
The killer arrested! But there's complications ahead...
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-070

1949-03-22 Baltimore MD Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-071

1949-03-24 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-072

1949-03-30 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
Every 27-year-old wonders why they need a will, as Leonard must have
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-073

1949-04-02 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-074

1949-04-23 Tampa FL Tribune
All this time, and they still don't know where Leonard Applebaum was murdered
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-075

1949-06-15 Baltimore MD Sun
Now what? Free on a technicality?
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-076

1949-07-15 Tampa FL Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-077

1949-07-21 Miami FL News
They finally get the paperwork right
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-078

1949-09-16 Frederick MD News
I don't know if it's a good thing if a magazine like Inside Detective profiles your case,
but they did; I can't find the article any where...
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-079

1949-11-04 Tampa FL Tribune
They're still grappling with the legality of the all...
does Leonard Applebaum even matter any more to the proceedings?
The Big Story - Page 5 1949-134

1950-03-10 Ft Myers FL News-Press
Finally... a conviction!
The Big Story - Page 5 1950-076

1951-02-14 Ft Lauderdale FL News
Almost a year later, the conviction is affirmed
The Big Story - Page 5 1951-033

1952-01-05 Orlando FL Sentinel
And now a delay...
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-050

1952-06-06 Fort Myers FL News-Press
Before the pardon board? Really?
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-051

1952-06-28 Shamokin PA News-Dispatch
Execution to proceed...
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-053

1952-06-29 Miami FL News
One more time to avoid the chair...
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-054

1952-06-30 Wilkes-Barre PA Times Leader
Leiby executed
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-052

1952-06-30 Sayre PA Evening Times
The Big Story - Page 5 1952-055


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Post by artatoldotr 2/5/2019, 10:18 am

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Post by bojim1 2/6/2019, 3:28 am

Big Story 53-02-04 (299) The Biggest Catch [ElkhornWIIndependent, DonaldMorrisey] AFRS#178 FROM DISC

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Post by greybelt 2/6/2019, 8:01 am

"The Biggest Catch"

An successful enterprise's executive team attempts to go off-site at a country retreat for a business meeting away from the phones and constant office interruptions. They schedule planning, sales, and administrative reviews, as well as team-building exercises. And then, out of nowhere, they get arrested... for kidnapping for goshsakes!

The newsclippings made hunting down the original events like shooting fish in a barrel... yeah, officer, dat's what the guns were faw... we wuz going to shoot some fish but in a lake dis time...

1953-02-04 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-043

1953-02-04 Tucson AZ Daily Star
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-044

1953-02-04 Muncie IN Star Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-045

Muncie loved their reporter, Don Morrissey, who moved there, years after the events of this episode. They still remembered him in Wisconsin and looked forward to the broadcast.

1953-01-26 Madison WI Capital Times
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-046

1953-02-01 Muncie IN Star Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-048

1953-01-01 Muncie IN Star Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-049

1953-01-13 Muncie IN Star Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-050

1954-07-02 Muncie IN Star
The story was also done on the TV version
The Big Story - Page 5 1954-012

1974-05-26 Muncie IN Star-Press
They kept track of reporter Morrissey, even when he moved away
The Big Story - Page 5 1974-012

1980-12-11 Muncie IN Star-Press
The Big Story - Page 5 1980-110

1995-05-15 Muncie IN Star
And they remembered him fondly after he passed away
The Big Story - Page 5 1995-010

And now the events... about the arrest of one of Al Capone's competitor gangs, run by Roger Touhy. Kidnapping for ransom was a specialty. If the name "Factor" sounds familiar, it was beauty magnate Max Factor's half-brother involved in the story, too!!

1933-07-21 Neenah WI News-Record
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-010

1933-07-21 Stevens Point WI Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-011

1933-07-24 Appleton WI Post-Crescent
Love the line at the end about the sheriff's office being told maintain secrecy
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-012

1933-07-26 Stevens Point WI Journal
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-013

1933-07-28 Eau Claire WI Leader-Telegram
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-014

1933-07-28 La Grande OR Observer
This was big national news -- this Oregon paper had the story!
Note how this picture was cropped and retouched from the one in the next clip
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-015

1933-07-30 La Crosse WI Tribune
The Big Story - Page 5 1933-016

1934-02-23 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
There was almost daily coverage of the trial... but here's the conclusion... almost!
The Big Story - Page 5 1934-014

1943-10-01 Racine WI Journal Times
Touhy escapes -- almost!
The Big Story - Page 5 1943-113

1959-12-17 Madison WI State Journal
Old debts get paid...
The Big Story - Page 5 1959-113

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There was a movie! What's really funny about it is that Touhy sued 20th Century Fox for defamation of character!
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Big Story 54-01-27 (337) Too Terrible to Be Believed [Arthur Mielke, Washington Times-Herald]

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Post by greybelt 2/7/2019, 3:33 am

"Too Terrible to be Believed"

There was no information found on the hero reporter.

Here are the episode clippings...

1954-01-24 Decatur IL Herald
The Big Story - Page 5 1954-013

1954-01-26 Atlanta GA Constitution
The Big Story - Page 5 1954-014

1954-01-27 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 5 1954-015

1954-01-27 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 5 1954-016

The jargon relates to what are usually referred to as "foster homes" today.

Now the sad reality behind this episode...

1953-06-19 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-051

1953-11-07 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-124

1953-11-07 Salisbury MD Daily Times
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-125

1953-11-09 Hagerstown MD Daily Mail
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-126

1953-11-28 Baltimore MD Evening Sun
The Big Story - Page 5 1953-127

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Post by greybelt 2/8/2019, 2:56 am

"A Search that Saved a Life"

Virginia Marmaduke was a Chicago newspaper legend. Unfortunately the source news event that is the basis of this episode cannot be found. The Chicago Sun-Times digital files for the era do not exist. Because this was probably an exclusive column for the paper, and did not deal with a generic event like a crime, it was not picked up by others.

Here are news clips for the episode...

1954-02-02 Carbondale IL Southern Illinoisan
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1954-02-07 Shreveport LA Times
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1954-02-10 Syracuse NY Post-Standard
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1954-02-13 Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Big Story - Page 5 1954-020

A press photo of her and her photographer who worked on this story and its happy ending is available at this site [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Part of the small-town innocence of local papers is that there were stories about relatives visiting from out of town, especially if those relatives had some prominence. Note that this clip gives us a clue about a different title for this episode. In the script, the word "kiss" is scratched out and replaced with "search."

1944-02-10 Sikeston MO Daily Standard
The Big Story - Page 5 1944-037

Details about Miss Marmaduke and her larger than life presence in Chicago journalism...

A profile of her in retired life
1992-01-28 Chicago Tribune
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The Big Story - Page 5 1992-010

An obituary
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Her papers are at Southern Illinois University; perhaps there is some correspondence there with the show producers?
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I tried to find a local or online or ebook copy of the biography about Virginia Marmaduke, published in 2002, to see if there was a reference to The Big Story episode, but was not able to. If I do get access to a copy and learn something new, I'll post it here.
Portions of the book can be seen in Google Books. It is possible that an entry in the book indicates that the operation discussed in the episode is "patent ductus," a correction of a congenital defect in the heart.
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