Detectives close in on the multi-generational hill-country family responsible for a series of armed robberies, rapes, and murders.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant Stoddard
Sergeant Bagney
Ralph Coleman / Joseph Kinsella
Joan Goodfellow ...
Lou Frizzell ...
Mr. Callaway
Paul Jenkins ...
Sgt. Gorman
Noelle North ...
Jessie Lee Fulton ...
Mrs. Callaway
Thomas Bellin ...
S.I.D. Man #1 (as Tom Bellin)
Terri Lynn Wood ...
Frank Castellano ...

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Detectives close in on the multi-generational hill-country family responsible for a series of armed robberies, rapes, and murders.

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16 January 1976 (USA)  »

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The detectives lament that they cannot prosecute the men for the several murders, and observe they are willing to admit to robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Several felony charges are overlooked here, such as two counts of kidnapping, attempted rape, and possession of firearms by convicted felons. Based upon their criminal records that had been stated earlier, both men would receive lengthy prison sentences just for these charges. The detectives could continue to investigate the murders while both were in prison. Additionally, there would have been a wealth of fingerprint evidence at the restaurant where the blonde waitress was kidnapped after the family ate there, as neither man wore gloves. See more »

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Scary memorable role of Ed Lauter
1 December 2012 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Very impacting role and story for 1976 TV. I really was taken by Ed Lauter's acting and shamelessness in his character. Also ma sitting out in the car reading her bible while her sons killed and worse was too much. I never forgot Ed Lauter's impressive acting. I was quite familiar with seeing him; but he out did himself in this one. In 1976, TV was jumping the fence in violent content, the Q was being asked "is TV too violent?" this Odessey of Death 2 Part'Er -violence WAS the story here. I liked Police Story for their drama and cast. Another Police Story that left a memorable impression on me was the episode with Vic Morrow. These 2 Police Stories were excellent. It was a pro police show and crime drama. I should not plan to ever see the Police Story with Ed Lauter again; but his very scary portrayal left an impression to me on his acting and paid attention anything he did after. I was in my mid-20's. Just finished Executive Action (1973) and spotted him. That's how we knew Ed Lauter - he truly was everywhere. Unfortunately crimes this bad became the way of life in America.

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