State Trooper: Season 2, Episode 32

Key to a Killer (22 Jun. 1958)

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Blake investigates when a man is killed interrupting a burglary. His investigation shows that burglary fits into a pattern of other crimes with the link being a home-repair company. Blake ... See full summary »

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Rod Cameron ...
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Blake investigates when a man is killed interrupting a burglary. His investigation shows that burglary fits into a pattern of other crimes with the link being a home-repair company. Blake goes undercover as a carpenter to investigate the company's personnel. Written by David Bassler

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Lt. Rod Blake: Oh, hello. I'm Rod Blake, chief investigator for the Nevada state troopers. I just hired a magician for the annual state troopers' picnic. He's always a hit - and not just with the kids. You know, a magician depends on his ability to see and believe what he wants. In tonight's case, a thief's hand was quicker than several eyes, but a crime lab camera showed up the trick. I'll be back in a moment to tell you about it in a case called, "Key to a Killer".
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50's Police procedural
16 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A man arriving home from work is killed when he interrupts a burglary. Rod Cameron plays the Nevada state Trooper assigned to the case. Except for the added murder, the evidence at the scene is the same as six other recent burglaries. The one item they have in common is that the same contractor built all seven homes. Cameron poses as a carpenter in-order to get a job with the contractor. He then quietly starts checking out the company staff and management. He soon discovers an ex-con working there who had also worked on all seven homes. The con's girl works in the firm's office and wears a lot more jewels than either one of them could afford. They pull the two in for questioning. The ex-con is cleared but it seems his girl has been playing the field and collecting a few trophies along the way. She tells Cameron that the company accountant has been rather free with the gifts of late. When confronted with the evidence the man refuses to go quietly and makes a dash for freedom. A quick chase followed by a brisk gun battle is needed before the crook is dispatched and the case closed.


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