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12Aug/140

EP1336: Pat Novak: Georgie Lampson

Jack Webb
Novak is hired by an old flame and finds himself once again, in the thick of a murder investigation.

Original Air Date: June 12, 1949.

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11Aug/140

Why I’m Doing Four Half Marathons This Fall

I'm not fast.

I'm not a runner.

This Fall, I'll be participating in four half marathons in five weeks.  Here's the reason why:

There are hundreds of thousands of AIDS orphans in India. Either their parents have died or they have been abandoned. They face starvation, and a future without hope.

Send Hope has established orphanages in India where these children who would otherwise be abandoned, are given food, clothing, medicine, education, and more importantly, love and hope.

Heaven's Gate

Run for Heaven’s Gate began in Boise at a grassroots level several years ago to raise funds for these children in India with walker and runners doing four half marathons to raise funds for the orphans in India. I heard about it church and decided that this year, I was actually going to do it and I’ve been training for it since March.

It’s been quite an experience. Prior to this year, the longest I’d ever walked was 5K or 3.1 miles. Prior to Run for Heaven’s Gate, Saturday was my “sleep in day,” now I’m getting early and going to bed early on Friday. I’ve been introduced to a whole new world where people take things like GU to prepare for long runs and where it really does make sense to pay extra for good shoes because good shoes are cheaper than physical therapists.

While I hope that  I become more fit through this whole process, I admit that there is no way I could imagine do this except for the fact that in India, there are children whose futures lay in the balance between life and hope and death and despair. Run for Heaven’s Gate gives me an opportunity to make a difference in their lives. Every dollar raised goes to help these kids and every $400 raised will cover all the needs of a child in India for a whole year.

You can make a tax deductible pledge in any amount support of my walk by going here.

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11Aug/140

EP1335: Pursuit: Pursuit of the Loch Ness Killer

Ben Wright

Inspector Black goes to Scotland to investigate a murder and find the prime suspect has broken jail.

Original Air Date: December 11, 1951

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10Aug/140

Video Theater 055: Decoy: Night of Fire

DescriptionCasey goes undercover in an office to investigate an arson. The business owner suspects a former mental patient.

Episode 23 (1957)

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9Aug/140

The Top 12 Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part Three

We continue our countdown of the top 12 Sherlock Holmes stories. (See: Part One  and Part Two.)

3) The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902): It’s no wonder that Sherlock Holmes' third novel  is  the most often adapted Sherlock Holmes story. It’s rich with atmosphere with its setting on the moor. It also has some genuinely scary moments with the menace of the titular hound as well as some great elements that add suspense such as the escaped convict. If the story suffers at all, it’s from the fact that Sherlock Holmes is off stage for much of the story. But this really gives Watson a chance to shine as both an observer and a man of action.

2) The Adventure The Red Headed League (1890) This is a good concept that comes with a built in moral. A man gets paid a fantastic salary by the Red Headed League for copying pages from the encyclopedia because he has an amazing head of red hair. However, the Red Headed League disappears as quickly as it appeared sending the confused shopkeeper to Holmes.

There are two things that are really fascinating about this story. The first is the idea of a superior intelligence preying on people’s greed and stupidity to victimize another person. This would be revisited (albeit without as much success) in "The Stockbroker’s Clerk" and "The Three Garidebs." The second thing is just seeing how Holmes puts this whole case together. It’s one of his finest pieces of deduction as Holmes faces a worthy and underrated foe.

1) The Sign of Four (1890): This is one of the best mystery novels of all time. The Sign of Four has so much working for it. It’s a book that was decades ahead of its time. The Penguins Classic edition of this book is only 160 pages. However, it’s tightly written and manages to work so much in. You have a great puzzle mystery, combined with creepy and memorable characters, a fast-paced quick moving story, and even a good action and chase scene. It includes a flashback to the past that reveals what happened in backstory but unlike in A Study in Scarlet, the flashback section is interesting and doesn’t drag on forever.

This story works on so many levels, particularly when you consider how dry and one dimensional detective fiction was for decades after that. While the Sign of Four is often overshadowed by The Hound of the Baskervilles,  from my point of view,  The Sign of Four is the better novel. The Sign of Four was decades ahead of its time. Decades after The Sign of Four, most mystery novels were rather one dimensional puzzle mysteries but The Sign of Four showcases everything a good mystery novel can be and that it was written in the 19th century is a testimony to Doyle's genius.

That concludes my list. I'd love to hear about yours. Please share about your favorite Holmes stories in the comments.

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9Aug/143

EP1334: Dragnet: Production #2: Robbery (aka: The Nickle Plated Gun)

Jack Webb

Friday and Romero are on the trailer of robbers who kill for fun.

Original Air Date: June 10, 1949

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8Aug/141

EP1333: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Clever Chemist Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny investigates a protest of a change in a scientist's insurance policy.

Original Air Date: March 17, 1957

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7Aug/140

EP1332: Nick Carter: The Case of the Talking Tree

Lon Clark

Nick investigates the death of a homeless man who dies on a trolley mumbling about talking trees.

Original Air Date: September 9, 1945

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6Aug/140

EP1331: Philip Marlowe: The Orange Dog

Gerald Mohr
Marlowe stars out looking for a woman's missing sister and instead finds himself in Chinatown on the trail of the orange dog of Fo.

Original Air Date: January 22, 1949

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5Aug/140

EP1330: Pat Novak: Agnes Bolton

Jack Webb

Pat Novak hired to follow a woman, and while he's doing it, she drops dead in a phone booth and once again Hellman puts the finger on Novak.

Original Air Date: June 5, 1949

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