The room mate of the third murder victim of the Blue Indigo serial killer may be the only link Ballinger has to catching him.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lt. Frank Ballinger
Doris Holt
Henry Edom
Jo Gilbert ...
Police Sgt. May Davis
Lillian Buyeff ...
Mrs. Edom
Larry Thor ...
Police Sgt. Jordan
S. John Launer ...
James Keniton
'Blue Indigo' Requestor at Ballroom


The room mate of the third murder victim of the Blue Indigo serial killer may be the only link Ballinger has to catching him.

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Drama | Crime


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17 January 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The 'Stranger' Before Boston
19 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode aired a few years before the infamous killings in the Boston area occurred but the beginning of this episode reminded me of the 1968 movie "The Boston Strangler."

We see a neighbor going into an apartment across the hall, only to discover her fried strangled to death. At least she did a guy hurriedly leaving, but only the back of him. However, a woman upstairs told police she kept hearing a song called "Blue Indigo." Later, the cops find a broken 70-rpm record (that's an old vinyl recording to you younger people) outside of the building.

Also, this marks the third killing in five months: all blondes and all under 30 years of age.

"Well, what man om Chicago doesn't want a blonde under 30, yells Frank Ballinger's boss to him, frustrated at the fact they haven't caught this guy.

Ballinger answers, "Probablty everyone, including me."

Oh, another thing: all the girls worked in dance halls.

With that connection, and a good profile by the police psychiatrist, the hunt is on. Soon, we have a good idea who is the killer: a real momma's boy with severe mental problems....or is he too obvious a subject? Find out by watching. This is a good episode.

The "mom" is played by Lillian Buyeff and she is riveting.

Two other main characters in here are actors who labeled as the poor man's Peter Lawford and Lee Remick, respectively. They don't have Lawford and Remick's good looks but they looked close enough to remind me of those famous thespians.They are Nico Minardos as the momma's boy "Henry" and Bethel Leslie as "Doris Holt," used as bait to trap Henry. Leslie was a famous stage actress.

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