Crime and Police
GYP of the MONTH (Nov, 1959)

GYP of the MONTH

Beware the old lady with a charity swindle.

A PERENNIAL “GYP” worked in large cities, carnivals and county fairs is the “unlicensed-toy-hawker” who hustles a lush living peddling toys like hopping dogs, rolling cats, jiggling monkeys, skipping elephants, prancing horses and other cute jim-gigs.

The toys usually sell from 25c up to 50c and look like the brand-name toys sold over the counters of novelty shops and leading department stores.

The Hawker winds the toy and the festive citizen stops to watch the tin animal cavort merrily. “Bargains galore. Half price!” the Hawker cries. The happy citizen laughs and buys a toy and brings it home to his child.

Catching Crooks by Radio (May, 1929)

The actress in question with Wellington Belford was the late Ruth Renick.  The “poison tongue” gentry refers to gossip columnists.

Catching Crooks by Radio

No longer can a crook in a strange town go unrecognized. Finger print photos, broadcast by radio, identify him across the continent in half hour!


THESE cryptic signs, sent together with a fingerprint photo by the telephotographic process through 2,500 miles of space over mountains and desert in a few minutes’ time, constituted a challenge from the New York police to the San Francisco police to answer one question—'”Who is the man? Who is the owner of the fingerprint?”

This Gun Replies to “Hands Up!” With Bullets (May, 1929)

This Gun Replies to “Hands Up!” With Bullets

IN THESE days of flying bullets and indiscriminate hold ups, the well dressed Chicagoan should wear a breast machine gun and armor vest such as is shown in the photo to the left. Samuel Schwarz recently invented these two pieces of equipment for every day wear. Instead of merely throwing up the hands when threatened by a hold up man the wearer can spray a stream of lead bullets in his face.

The strings that control the machine gun are held between the first and second finger of each hand. As the operator raises his hands and faces toward the gunman he can pull the string that controls the aim of the piece. When he has proper aim the other hand will pull the trigger.

NOW – Real Detectives Beat Sherlock Holmes (Aug, 1931)

NOW – Real Detectives Beat Sherlock Holmes


THIS Is the First of a Series of Articles on the New Use of Science in Trailing Crooks… This Work, As Now Carried on, Makes the Most Thrilling Series of Detective Stories Ever Published… In Future Issues Each Branch of Science Used by the Police Will Be Taken Up Separately with Instances of Its Aid in Capturing Criminals

NEW type of detective is stepping from the pages of fiction to fight the modern criminal.

Pay-Roll Holdup Alarm Works Three Ways (Sep, 1939)

Pay-Roll Holdup Alarm Works Three Ways

Equipped with a built-in siren audible a mile away, a carrying case for bank messengers, pay-roll carriers, and others who transport valuables from place to place, has three separate switch connections to set the electric alarm for various conditions. One switch, when set, causes the alarm to sound whenever a messenger releases his hold on the bag handle. A second, used when the bag is carried in an automobile, causes the siren to sound when the case is lifted from the floor. A third actuates a timing device, making the alarm go off automatically if the bag is left unattended for a stated period.

Movie Camera in Police Car Puts Evidence on Film (Sep, 1939)

Movie Camera in Police Car Puts Evidence on Film

Mounted on the dashboard of his patrol car, with its lens pointing forward through the windshield, a motion-picture camera belonging to Officer R. H. Galbraith of the California Highway Patrol takes photographs of the automobiles he trails along the highways, making a permanent film record of any traffic violations for possible later use in court.


Details of the dioramas may be found here as well as a detailed biography.


A gentle 77-year-old. dowager is New England’s top criminologist and the creator of Harvard’s famous “nutshell studies” of unexplained death.

By John N. Makris

MRS. FRANCES LEE, who is a captain in the New Hampshire State Police and the only woman in the United States to hold such an active rank, has become, as a result of an unusual and non-paying hobby, a pioneer in the application of medical science to crime detection.

Her amazing series of model crime settings, which Mrs. Lee builds with the aid of a carpenter at her Littleton, N. H., estate, are housed in a special room at Harvard University’s Department of Legal Medicine, which she founded and endowed and which is the first and only one of its kind in North America.

Resembling shadow boxes, the models are built into the walls and are illuminated under glass in the darkened room. Above each model is furnished such general information as the “investiga- tor” would probably obtain before determining the nature of death.

Portable Auto Jail Houses Fugitive (Dec, 1936)

Portable Auto Jail Houses Fugitive

A NEW style in portable “hoosegows” was set by an Oklahoma police official when he built a steel cage on the back of his passenger auto. The “jail” was used to bring back a fugitive who had escaped from the McAlester, Okla., prison. He had been recaptured by Pittsburgh, Pa., police.

Alex Watson, transfer agent of the prison, drove 1,000 miles to bring back the prisoner. The “jail” was made by ripping off the lid of the luggage compartment of a regular coupe automobile and screwing down an sill-welded steel cage. An awning protected the prisoner from the sun, and a cushion provided the interior “comforts” of the jail. The prisoner was released from the cage for brief exercise periods throughout the trip.

Confessions of a Car Thief (Jul, 1952)

Confessions of a Car Thief

By No. 75149

State Prison of Southern Michigan When the manuscript of this story arrived at the editorial offices of Ml, it created something of a stir. While it warned car owners of the danger of theft and even described specific ways to avoid theft, there was the possibility that some twisted minds might be able to use it as a sort of primer for crime. Well, after careful consideration and some strategic deletions, the editors have decided that the good this story can do far outweighs any possible harm. So, here it is—-advice to car owners from a guy who got caught.

Rapid-Fire Gun Spreads Gas over Riot Area (Jul, 1936)

And improved 12 gauge tear gas rounds are still in use today while the rotary launchers are still sold now in 37mm.


Rapid-Fire Gun Spreads Gas over Riot Area

Machine guns that can flood a wide area with tear gas or nauseating gas in a few seconds are the latest recruits to law-enforcement staffs. Forty or fifty feet from the muzzle, the stream of powder has become a cloud of blinding or sickening gas, and the rapid-fire gun can distribute this along a broad front, effectively putting down a riot. The powder shell follows a formula developed by a former army officer.