The Badge: True and Terrifying Crime Stories That Could Not Be Presented on TV, from the Creator and Star of Dragnet

The Badge: True and Terrifying Crime Stories That Could Not Be Presented on TV, from the Creator and Star of Dragnet

by Jack Webb
     
 

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Before Charlie’s Angels, Miami Vice, or NYPD Blue, there was Dragnet. From 1951 to 1959, Jack Webb starred as Sergeant Joe Friday in the most successful police drama in television history. Webb (“Just the facts, ma’am”) was also the creator of Dragnet, and what made the show so revolutionary was its

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Before Charlie’s Angels, Miami Vice, or NYPD Blue, there was Dragnet. From 1951 to 1959, Jack Webb starred as Sergeant Joe Friday in the most successful police drama in television history. Webb (“Just the facts, ma’am”) was also the creator of Dragnet, and what made the show so revolutionary was its documentary-style format and the fact that each episode was “ripped” from the files of the LAPD.

But 1950s television censors deemed many of the stories in the LAPD’s files too violent or sensational for the airwaves. The Badge is Webb’s collection of stories that could not be presented on TV: untold, behind-the-scenes accounts of the Black Dahlia murder, the Brenda Allen confessions, Stephen Nash’s “thrill murders,” and Donald Bashor’s “sleeping lady murders,” to name just a few.

Case by case, The Badge takes readers on a spine chilling police tour through the dark, shadowy world of Los Angeles crime. It is a journey that, even four decades after it originally appeared in print, no reader is likely to forget.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 1958 book came out of Webb's celebrity as the star of TV's Dragnet. Like that documentary-style drama, this book presents true stories from the LAPD files. This reprint sports a new intro by James Ellroy. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256885
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
739,548
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.92(d)

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