When Phillips H. Lord created his long running Gang Busters radio series in January of 1936, crime was rampant and criminals (both actual and fictional) were being glamorized in movies and newspapers. In response, Lord brought the public this police procedural series, dramatizing stories of real cops who kept real counterfeiters, safe crackers, and killers off the streets – and even broadcasting alerts for criminals known to be at large. In this episode, there's a raucous riot and inmate unrest at the legendary Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay. Listen in to the dramatized action unfold!
A Los Angeles cop follows murderer Nicky Small to Chicago, where a diamond ring and a jar of onions are his undoing. Amzie Strickland, Joseph Bell, Joseph Julian, Stuart Metz (announcer).
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics goes after Pip Gagliano, known as, "The Narcotics King." Don Gardiner (announcer), Mandel Kramer, Raymond Edward Johnson.
The "King and Queen" of burglars are looting the New York apartments of the rich. Arnold Moss, Les Damon, Don Gardiner (announcer).
"Pops" and his teen-aged thieves forge and cash money orders." Santos Ortega, Betty Furness.
The head of a car-theft ring branches out into murder. Anne Burr, Frank Readick.
The story of Wilson Erwin and his big job; breaking into a vault for loot worth three million dollars! The gang plans to kill the man who fingered the job and keep his share of the loot. Don Gardiner (announcer), Lewis J. Valentine (host).
John Frederick Benson has escaped from custody in Texas... while wearing handcuffs! Don Gardiner (announcer), Ken Lynch, Charlotte Lawrence.
"A reluctant bar-fly, hesitation on a ferry and a package in a church pew" help the New Orleans police and Treasury agents capture a gang. Barbara Weeks, Wendell Holmes, Ralph Bell, Roger Foster (announcer).
A car theft ring ends when they pick on the wrong candy store. Mandel Kramer.