Nick Granger offers reclusive artist Jeff Carson a ride, then suddenly murders him as part of a plot set in motion by Carson's estranged wife Blanche Cronin and her companion Malcolm. Carson had disappeared years earlier to pursue his artistic ambitions and he is able to sketch Granger's likeness and write down a description of his car before dying. Robbery is initially thought to be the motive when Carson's wallet is found empty. However, investigation reveals that Blanche had kept up payments on a $150,000 life insurance policy that named her as beneficiary. The sketch and the background information help Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams identify Granger and establish a more involved motive for Carson's murder. They tail the suddenly desperate killer to Blanche's apartment, where he threatens to blackmail Blanche and Malcolm. A tense armed confrontation ensues when Dan and Sergeant Williams forcibly enter the apartment and Granger tries to use Blanche as a hostage. Written by
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Mrs. Cronin's address is stated by Sgt. Williams as 4343 Pearl Street, yet when Granger goes to her apartment the number on the adjacent building is 1653. See more »
When any crime is committed, law enforcement agencies have a uniform procedure in handling the crime and apprehending the guilty man. One prime consideration in uncovering the criminal is the motive, but on May 8th, a vicious murder, made to look wanton and useless, concealed a motive of greed.
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