Crime Classics
was an historical true-crime drama, based on real cases of murder and other villainy from the past. Writers researched original newspaper accounts, court reports, etc. to lend as much authenticity as possible to the scripts.

The show, which debuted on September 30, 1953, was created and directed by Elliott Lewis (pictured). The only recurring role, that of narrator 'Thomas Hyland', was filled by veteran Lou Merrill. His (intentionally) deadpan approach, especially while delivering tongue-in-cheek comments, kept the episodes from getting too heavy-handed or ghoulish.

An additional highlight was music by legendary composer Bernard Herrmann, an Academy Award winner who created scores for classic movies Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Psycho and Vertigo (our all-time favorite).

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     The Crime of Bathsheba Spooner  The Bloody, Bloody Banks of Fall River  The Younger Brothers  
     Thomas Edwin Bartlett, Greengrocer  The Hangman and William Palmer  How Supan Got the Hook Outside Bombay  
     The Sudden Death of James Fisk, Jr.  The Arsenic Cake of Mme. LaFarge  Madeline Smith-Maid or Murderess?  
     The Shrapnelled Body of Charles Drew, Sr.  Billy Bonney Bloodletter  The Boorn Brothers & the Hangman  
     The Terrible Deed of John White Webster  John Hayes-His Head & How They Parted  The Incredible History of John Shepard  
     The Death of a Picture Hanger  Raschi Among the Crocodiles  Twenty-Three Knives Against Caesar  
     The Final Day of General Ketchum  Blackbeard's Fourteenth Wife  Jean Baptiste Troppmann  
     Mr. Thrower's Hammer  The Triangle on the Round Table  The Good Ship Jane  
     The Axe and the Droot Family-How They Fared  The Killing Story of William Corder  Roger Nems  
     The Incredible Trial of Laura D. Fair  If a Body Need a Body  New Hampshire, Tiger & Brad Ferguson  
     The Alsop Family  The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln  Old Six-Toes  
     Your Loving Son, Nero  John and Judith  Robby Boy Balfour  
     The Torment of Henrietta Robinson  Coyle and Richardson  The General's Daughter