Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Computer Killer 

A computer expert is hired to program various machines to produce phony evidence to influence a trial.

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Kam Fong ...
Jeff David ...
Charles Aarons
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Hugh Tilles
Edward Sheehan ...
Jos. Kehoe (as Edward Stephen Sheehan)
Glenn Cannon ...
Manicote
Herman Wedemeyer ...
Douglas Mossman ...
Frank Kamana
Al Eben ...
George M. Kennedy ...
Larry Fredericks (as George Kennedy)
Albert Harris ...
Bowman (as Albert M. Harris)
Alfred Goldman ...
Tony Tilles (as Alfred D. Goldman)
Dave Donnelly ...
Kinsell (as David Lee Donnelly)
Ava Readdy ...
Maureen (as Ava Lyn Readdy)
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A man kills his estranged wife while they are arguing. He is then arrested and placed on trial. His father tries to help him by mounting a defense that claims she was alive when he left and that she was killed by a cat burglar. During the trial, a man approaches the father and offers to help him with his son's defense for a price. He starts by giving him "evidence", which he manufactured by manipulating computer records, that discredits a witness. He then sets out to find a cat burglar he can pin it on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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14 January 1975 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Frank is looking at the airline's flight passenger manifest, a close-up of the names shows that they are all character names from previous episodes. The most obvious one is "Mr. Curt Stoner" who was the police assassin in the famous "Hookman" episode. See more »

Goofs

In the first courtroom scene the bailiff swears in a witness by beginning "repeat after me ..." and then recites the oath himself. He then allows the witness to simply answer "I do", without any repetition of the oath. See more »

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Computer Killer - Well Ahead of its Time
14 May 2007 | by (Irvine, California, United States) – See all my reviews

I first viewed this episode three years ago while living in Los Angeles. I haven't seem it since, but the computer themes of this episode have stuck with me. I don't remember the entire plot, but a so-called "computer consultant," as stated on the killers business card, uses computer technology as part of his criminal activity. He also strangles his victims.

What seems to stand out most of this episode, filmed in 1974, is the pervasive use of advanced computer technology, for the day. He uses what I've researched to be an ADDS Envoy portable computer "dumb" terminal and a car mobile phone to break into the Hawaii Motor Vehicle Dept. Remember, this is almost ten years prior to the movie Wargames. He seems to also use a computer terminal from his home with the old phone receiver-pickup modems.

An episode that is well ahead of its time in using portable computer equipment and early car mobile phone system.

Really a very cool episode and would love to find out how the writer came up with the computer themes.

Jon


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