Crime and Police
Weird Unseen RAYS Trap Master Crooks (Oct, 1931)

Weird Unseen RAYS Trap Master Crooks

How “Black Light” Brings New and Strange Magic to Aid Scientifically Trained Police in Solving Mysterious Crimes

By Edwin W. Teale

IN NEW YORK CITY, not long ago, perfume bootleggers hatched what they thought was a perfect plot, one that was absolutely undetectable.

Under direction of the gang, a small glass factory turned out imitations of the bottle used by a noted perfumer in selling one of his rare blends at $100 an ounce. Filling these with a cheap substitute, the crooks played their trump card.

Instead of counterfeiting the labels, they bribed the perfumer’s printer and obtained the original plate he had used. As a result, not even the most powerful microscope could find the slightest difference in the exteriors of real and bootleg bottles. The gang thought detection impossible. And it would have been but for a dramatic new weapon recently enlisted in the war against crime.

In his New York City laboratory, Dr. Herman Goodman, skin specialist and a pioneer in this thrilling new method of scientific crime detection, examined bottles brought by the frantic manufacturer.



One of the strangest thefts on record was revealed recently with the reported disappearance of 107 miniature lightning rods that were being substituted for older ones atop the Washington Monument. Apparently an audacious thief had taken advantage of the huge scaffold used in renovating the monument to commit one of the loftiest of burglaries. Plated with gold and tipped with platinum to avoid corrosion, the rods were valued at eight dollars apiece.

Outshooting the Guns of Gangland (May, 1936)

Outshooting the Guns of Gangland


The radio police officer is a new breed of marksman, expertly trained to snapshooting at fleeing targets from emergency positions. The six-gun man of the old West originated this deadly technique, which is simply draw and shoot without seemingly taking aim. But constant practice makes a man a dead shot regardless of the target.

Newest Tricks of the G-men (Mar, 1947)

Newest Tricks of the G-men

Criminals who duel with the FBI buck an ultra-modern crime lab served by tough men competent in 88 sciences.

By J. Edgar Hoover, as told to James Nevin Miller

SOME months ago thieves broke into an Ohio metal-working concern and stole a number of valuable copper ingots. The local sheriff’s office found a pair of gloves at the home of a suspect. A preliminary study indicated the gloves were impregnated with what appeared to be copper filings which might have been wiped from the surface of an ingot.

Steel Fortress Repels Jail Raids (Apr, 1934)

Steel Fortress Repels Jail Raids

CONFRONTED by the danger of being raided by a desperate gang of escaped convicts which has been terrorizing Illinois and Indiana, Marion County, Ind., officials have installed a veritable fortress in their jail to prevent any possible raids.

Following the successful holdups and jailbreaks at Auburn, III., and Peru, Ind., the Madison County officials built the fort to protect the custodians of their prisoners.

Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks (Aug, 1933)

Police Planes Take Off From Car to Hunt Down Crooks

FUGITIVE criminals stand little chance of escape when the Oregon State police take out after them. They are hunted down from the air by a plane that takes off from the top of an automobile, which then goes after the felons on the ground.

Electric Glove for Police Stuns Victims With 1,500 Volts (Sep, 1935)

Electric Glove for Police Stuns Victims With 1,500 Volts

MORE punch than can be found in a box-glove is contained in a new electric glove invented by Cirilo Diaz of Cuba for use by police while handling rough characters or in quelling riots. Persons contacted by an officer wearing the glove receive a 1,500-volt shock, sufficient to remove all traces of fight. A half-pound battery worn on the belt supplies the power, all wiring being concealed beneath the coat.

Police officials in New York where the device was first demonstrated, were favorably impressed by its effectiveness.

Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio (Jun, 1939)

The dog fired a revolver? That’s one dexterous dog!

Trick Dog Gets Orders by Radio

BY TEACHING a dog to do tricks under “radio control,” Constable Denholm, of the Sydney, Australia, police force, has fulfilled a two-year-old ambition. In a recent demonstration, he strapped a miniature shortwave radio receiving set on the back of Zoe, an Alsatian police dog, and retired to a shack fifty yards away. Then he spoke commands into the microphone of a portable transmitter. In response to her master’s voice as it came through the ether, Zoe climbed up and down ladders, turned a faucet on and off, took off her collar, and fired a revolver.


WHEELED SHIELD (below) for Detroit cops protects men in blue against rioters and gunmen. Police fire through the portholes.

FLATFOOT VERSION of 65-lb. armored plate protector has spotlight on top, leggings. Portholes are made of bulletproof glass.

Tear Gas Sprayed From Bank Teller’s Window Blinds Bandits for Capture (Feb, 1932)

Tear Gas Sprayed From Bank Teller’s Window Blinds Bandits for Capture

A NEW and more effective means in preventing bank hold ups has recently been developed. On each side of the teller’s window are two automatic spraying devices, one with a strong odor of smoke stream and the other with a fine spray of a composition of formaldehyde. When both solutions meet they cause immediate blindness for at least 25 to 45 minutes, thus rendering the bandit helpless to operate any further. With his feet, the teller operates the electric switch, which is mounted on floor back of window, as shown in the accompanying photograph.