Adam-12 (1968–1975)
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Log 153: Find Me a Needle 

The "Mulholland Mauler" is the object of a department wide search and several cars are assigned to patrol 'lovers lane' but more than one suspect ends up matching the description. How do they smoke out the Mauler?

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Nick Gentry (as Jonathan Lippe)
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A break in the "Mulholland Mauler" case when a victim survives provides details about the car, etc. Adam-12 is asked to patrol the area to look for suspects. They ticket a young girl for hitchhiking and warn a young couple parked in the hills to leave. A car pulled over over matches the description but there is no conclusive evidence. He is the most likely suspect of the several men picked up. They find an empty car owned by a young woman and locate her friend at a nearby service station. They persuade the suspect to show them where the missing girl was dumped and find her alive. Written by Anonymous

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27 September 1969 (USA)  »

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The episode's closing credits switch the credits for the characters played by Roberta Collins and Astrid Warner. Collins actually plays the teenage hitchhiker, Mary Gallagher, whom Malloy and Reed encounter early in the episode. See more »

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Sgt. Miller: She could be anyplace. A bar, another party, or at the bottom of some gully up on Mulholland.
Officer James A. Reed: There's gotta be a thousand ravines up there.
Sgt. Miller: If she has been hid, it will be like looking for a needle in some haystack.
Officer Peter J. Malloy: Maybe we can find this needle if we start with the guy that dropped it.
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Very good episode
10 June 2013 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

This isn't a typical Adam-12 episode, dealing with a number of various incidents during Malloy & Reed's shift. This one deals with one particular case, the Mulholland Mauler. (I know, the moniker is cheesy, but what can you do?) Additionally, unlike most other A-12 episodes, this one doesn't have the usual light-hearted banter or amusing one- liners (by Malloy, of course).

The Mulholland Mauler was known to pick up young women (hitchikers) kidnap them and later throw their bodies, whether dead or alive, into ravines along the roadside. Six had been found so far, the last one luckily still alive, so the LAPD obviously wants to prevent victim number seven.

I was a bit surprised and impressed to find the use of the word "rape" in this episode. I don't know when it first happened on TV, but even in an episode of Dragnet, just a few years earlier, the word rape wasn't mentioned, although it was definitely implied (I think they said "assault" rather than "rape"). Of course, in this episode of Adam-12, the word rape was mentioned among the police themselves; I doubt it would have been explicitly stated when talking to a member of the public-- especially a woman.

Anyway, this was an intriguing episode, stark and quite somber.


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