Revenge-minded Paul Carson has his girlfriend Vera distract Sergeant Ken Williams while Carson takes Williams' car and deliberately runs down a pedestrian while wearing a Highway Patrol uniform. The evidence and the witnesses' accounts of the incident all point to Sergeant Williams's guilt. Dan Mathews suspends him from duty, but permits him to informally aid in the investigation. A longshot inquiry to a key duplication shop identifies Carson as a suspect with a motive. Further investigation reveals that he and Vera plan to leave the area on an afternoon train. The Highway Patrol is able to arrive at the train station before they depart, and an armed confrontation ensues. Written by
Ray Boyle, who played the hit and run victim, was married in real life to Jan Shepard, who played Vera. As of 2015, both actors are still alive and the couple have been married for at least 61 years, as the year of their marriage is listed as both 1952 and 1954. See more »
Near the end of this episode the train that the suspects were boarding to return to Chicago was Southern Pacific (SP) but it runs mostly within California and along the border with Mexico into the Southern States. In the 1950s the most direct and quickest route to Chicago would be on a Santa Fe train which also had many more stations then the SP did. See more »
Of all the approaches to crime, there is perhaps none more deadly and frightening than that which involves not only the criminal and his intended victim, but an innocent party as well. And it is the innocent that most often suffers when the motive for the crime is revenge. Such was the case in January, when Paul Carson put his terrifying plan into action.
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