A con man assaults the elderly victim of a $5,000 swindle as a "warning", but his female partner becomes fearful of a murder charge when the old man dies of a heart attack immediately after the assault.
Elderly Gus Fields is assaulted when he asks for his money back from swindler Paul Gayle. The assault causes Fields to suffer a fatal heart attack, and Gayle's accomplice Mattie worries that they will face a murder charge. Her worries intensify when handyman Mike Purdum tells her of his determination to find Fields' killer. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams subsequently visit Mattie's roadside diner and question her at length about Fields' death. She believes that Gayle has abandoned her, but he subsequently returns to the diner and attempts to use her as a hostage. Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams know that they have only a brief opportunity to break the tense standoff and prevent Gayle's escape. Written by
Series star Broderick Crawford was apparently experiencing a foot disorder when this episode was filmed. He wears his usual tailored business suit throughout, but in one longer shot it is quite clear that he is wearing casual canvas shoes. See more »
Matthews comments at the end that Gus died of a heart attack, implying that it was not a murder. Since the heart attack was brought on by the assault and battery committed by the con man, he would be liable for a homicide charge of some sort. This would likely be manslaughter, which is a lesser charge than murder due to lack of intent to kill. See more »
Paul, you're not gonna go on with this racket?
Of course! Look, this is a good racket. The investors are really comin' to me now!
But how long are you gonna be able to give them a hundred percent on their investments?
As long a new suckers keep givin' me money to pay the others off! When we get a couple of hundred grand, we'll pull out and leave the state!
See more »