Crime and Police
Flashlight Weapon Invented (Mar, 1937)

Flashlight Weapon Invented
A COMBINATION flashlight gun has been invented by V. Merifield, of the Los Angeles, Calif., police department. At the pressing of a trigger the device ejects a spray of ammonia or gas from a jet to disable any suspect who might attempt to draw a weapon when the flashlight is aimed.

The novel gun weighs only six ounces, has fewer than a dozen parts, and is practically indestructible. Jet and light are controlled by separate triggers. One filling provides 20 shots of gas.

Have You a Wrong Way Brain? (Jul, 1939)

Have You a Wrong Way Brain?


CAN new discoveries about the brain reclaim a million criminals? Can psychological research cut America’s crime bill in half? Can scientists, using drugs and surgery, eliminate dishonest impulses from the minds of crooks?

Questions like these may sound fantastic. Yet developments of recent weeks bring them to the fore. One of the most famous psychiatrists in the world, Dr. Carleton Simon, of New York City, has just announced a revolutionary new theory which may help science control criminal tendencies.

Report of Fake Revolver Frightens Away Auto Bandits (Dec, 1932)

Report of Fake Revolver Frightens Away Auto Bandits
PROTECTION against the motor bandit is the aim of this new gadget that looks like a regular pistol and fits under the steering column of an automobile. Actually, though, the weapon is operated by compressed air, yet without a bullet. The report is loud enough to frighten away a holdup man, who believes he is being shot at. It is in popular use in England and may be carried by payment of a small fee for which the owner receives a postoffice license.


A new leg shackle that automatically disables a prisoner who tries to run is being tested by the U. S, Division of Investigation. Invented by a seventy-three-year-old Louisiana farmer, it consists of two hinged steel rods, bound to the thigh and lower leg by padded chains. As a prisoner bends his knee sharply in attempting to run a ratchet mechanism in the hinge automatically locks, preventing him from again straightening the leg.

TEAR GAS PROTECTION for Stores, Warehouses, Houses, etc… (Dec, 1931)

TEAR GAS PROTECTION for Stores, Warehouses, Houses, Summer Camps, Automobiles, Trucks, Garages, Filling Stations, Etc

New automatic electrically-controlled Tear Gas Devices give SAFE and SURE Protection against Burglary, Theft and Holdup at small cost. Easily and quickly installed anywhere. Property MUST be protected this year. Business is boom-in now. High grade ambitious financially responsible men can make exceptional earnings with this complete protection line. No competition. Exclusive territory. Quick sales. Splendid profit margin. Write today for details.
E-R&S CO. 64E. Lake St. Dept. 123. Chicago

Electronic Mata Haris (Aug, 1957)

It seems to me that if the two scientists from “Firm A” are geeking out about their work and not paying attention to the “Sweet Young Thing” then they deserve to lose any secrets they may have.

Electronic Mata Haris

Watch out for that girl, laddie; you might be talking over her head but into her microphone.

AS Willie Shakespeare once said, – “There’s more to this than meets the eye!” This, in the present case, happens to be the bodice of a Sweet Young Thing, said bodice containing microphone, batteries, antenna and transmitter—constituting a miniature radio station with a range of 200-300 feet.

Guarding Our Nation’s Melon Supply (Mar, 1940)

Actually, this is 10% about the melon cops and 90% a plug for the “professional, scientific”, melon farming industry.

G-Men of the Fields


FROM a dark side street, the two inspectors watched the caravan of ancient touring cars and sedans pull out of the big garage. They tailed the procession to the edge of the city. When it was plain that the gang was headed for the coast, the officers speeded ahead to the Jacumba, Calif., checking station, where they waited. Twenty minutes later, the first of the cars came in sight and the flash lights of the officers signaled it over to the side of the road.

New Inventions that Baffle Crooks (Jun, 1932)

Entertaining article that explains all of the latest law enforcement gadgets in 1932. Includes: bullet proof motorcycle and side-car, UV and IR light for investigation, the teletype, the fax machine, electric eye alarm system, security cameras, metal detectors, tear gas granades and more.

New Inventions that Baffle Crooks

by Lew Holt

Inventors working in the cause of law and order, inspired by a recent outbreak of outrageous kidnapings and other crimes, have perfected numerous devices which give the police a new advantage in the perpetual war on criminals. Crime weapons are fully discussed here.

COULD the immortal shade of Sherlock Holmes return to earth, he would find a new delight in using the latest weapons of science to wage war on criminals—criminals, incidentally, of such perverted genius and “big business” organization as to make the notorious Professor Moriarty of Holmes and Watson fame a decided back number.

Tear Gas Gun for the Wrist (Dec, 1932)

Tear Gas Gun for the Wrist
A TEAR gas gun effective enough to rout a gang of payroll bandits and small enough to be concealed in a coat sleeve has been invented by Elmer Carlstrom of Chicago, a retired policeman. The gun is worn strapped to the wrist, as shown in the photo below. A piece of catgut, flesh colored and invisible at a glance, is stretched between a ring on the wearer’s finger and the trigger of the gun. The hand can be moved freely in any normal position, but bending the wrist sharply will discharge the weapon. Leather under the muzzle protects the wearer’s arm from being burned by discharge of the gas.

Fashion Plates Adopt Armor Plate (Feb, 1940)

Fashion Plates Adopt Armor Plate
MEN’S shops in London are now stocking a new line of merchandise for sale to customers who want special protection during possible enemy air raids. In their clothing departments, the stores are offering bulletproof waistcoats, or vests, in all sizes and in a wide variety of styles. Hat departments are keeping pace by supplying the traditional English bowler, or derby, specially fitted with a steel lining that makes it as protective against flying fragments as the metal helmets issued to soldiers.