From 1949 to 1957, Dragnet pioneered new levels of realism on radio. Every crime investigated by Sergeant Joe Friday was taken from the actual case files of the Los Angeles Police Department, with only "the names changed to protect the innocent". There were multi-layered sound effects; the actors used accurate police lingo, abbreviations, and penal codes; and the show didn't shy away from stories about heinous crimes or stories that had unhappy endings. Created and produced by Jack Webb, Dragnet was much more than "just the facts".
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Friday and Sith are investigating a man who is murdered. The man had just left the hospital and was heading home, he was visiting the maternity ward to see his new baby. On his way home an auto accident happens and there were two angry men who scuffled with the victim, finally shooting him before fleeing.