A newspaperman is murdered for double-crossing some mobsters. So a reward-seeking ex-con decides to work with Ness and find the killer.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barney 'Bugs' Birch
Bill Hagen
Phillip Pine ...
Jack Zuta
John Beradino ...
Angie Viale
Herb Vigran ...
Jake Lingle
LaMarr Kane
Walter Winchell ...
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The Birch and Viale gangs are starting to encroach on each others turf and a gang war is on the verge of erupting. When a journalist, Jake Lingle, writes about it he soon finds himself dead. There is public outrage at the killing and the DA wants to keep it that way although it's obvious Lingle may have been a middle man between the mob and corrupt policemen. After a $25,000 reward is posted for bringing the killers to justice Bill Hagen, a self-styled detective but more or less a bounty hunter, tells Ness he will solve the case. Birch offers Hagen a better deal however. Written by garykmcd

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29 October 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Can we trust the double-crosser?
13 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode begins with the murder of a reporter, Jake Lingle. Apparently, Barney Birch (Charles McGraw) wanted Lingle scared but one of his thugs decided to silence Lingle for good. Apparently, there's a turf war going on between the Birch and Viale gangs and Lingle is just one casualty in this violence. For some reason, one of Birch's lieutenants, Bill Hagen (Jack Lord), offers to help Ness- -presumably to allow him to move higher and higher up in the mob. However, Hagen's motives are difficult to discern and whether or not this double-crosser can be trusted by the feds is the major theme of this episode.

This is a particularly good episode--mostly because it's not a complete fictionalization of real life gangsters. Plus, Lord was a fine and handsome actor--and he makes for an excellent guest star. Well worth seeing.

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