Warren Childs has two female accomplices (Charlene and "The Blonde") who pose as hitchhikers in order to rob male motorists that are carrying large sums of cash. The Blonde steals $2,500 from businessman Doyle Houston, but is forced to shoot and kill him when he tries to fight back. Dan Mathews investigates the murder and traces Childs, Houston, and the two women back to the Highway Motel. When they learn that Houston had left a nearby restaurant with The Blonde, they realize that Childs and both women have been involved in the crimes. Dan trails the three to a remote cabin and captures Childs and Charlene. The Blonde initially eludes Dan, but her distinctive "Midnight Lure" perfume ultimately proves her undoing. Written by
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Law enforcement agencies are frequently helped in the apprehension of criminals by the method of operation used in committing the crime. Smart criminals attempt to counteract this intelligence by avoiding a set pattern of activity or by engaging in a confusing pattern. Such an operation was encountered by the Highway Patrol in March of this year. The criminals trapped the victims by posing as hitchhikers. Two of theme were attractive females, completely opposite in physical ...
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