In the broadcast of January 22, 1936 entitled “The End of ‘Fats’ McCarthy,” the opening In the broadcast of January 22, 1936 entitled “The End of ‘Fats’ McCarthy,” the opening scene grabbed the attention of listeners not because of the fast-paced action, but the heroics of a detective. Three New York policemen followed a suspicious looking man into a rooming house. When they asked someone for additional information, three gangsters opened fire and shot them. An act of heroism featured this occurrence. Detective Pessagno carried his partner down several flights of stairs to get him to an ambulance and to a hospital before he was too weak from loss of blood. The strain was too much for Pessagno, who was wounded himself, and he died.
The opening scenes in the broadcast of February 5, 1936 entitled “The Reppin Murder Case,” attempted to pluck a heart string with the listeners, giving them an emotional jolt including an explanation of why the week’s gangster was important enough to warrant a death sentence if tracked down and apprehended. A young man, Vincent Regan, working his way through college by driving a taxicab, was found seriously wounded and rushed to the hospital. Just before he was wheeled into the operating room, his mother gave the police inspector permission to question him, hoping Vincent might give a clue to the murderer. Vincent told the following story before he died: A call came into the taxi office for a driver to take a sick man to the hospital. When Vincent arrived at the place designated, a man stepped into the cab and ordered him to drive on. After a while he ordered Vincent to stop and pulled a gun. Taking the four dollars Vincent had, he forced him out of the cab and told him to lie down on the grass. Then he began to beat him up. Vincent fought back. When he knocked one gun out of the killer’s hand, the gangster shot him with another one, then drove away in the cab, which he abandoned shortly afterwards.
When the Sheriff said he would like to see their identification papers, the couple returned to their hotel to get them and promise to be right back. Naturally, they did not. The rather naïve Sheriff reported the incident to the El Paso office of the F.B.I. The hunt was intensified in the rugged section known as the “Big Bend of the Rio Grande.” Two days later they found the car, disabled in a clump of mesquite. They learned the couple had traveled to Alpine 150 miles to the south by train. In Alpine it was discovered they had taken the Texas Special of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas R.R. to St. Louis at 11 a.m. that day.
On 9:30 a.m. on January 20, 1926, a group of heavily armed agents in civilian clothing met the train at the station before St. Louis. Passengers were alarmed as grim faced men paraded down the length of the third car and pulled guns before a compartment. The passengers were herded out. A G-Man knocked on the door and Durkin answered. They grappled with him and prevented him from reaching his gun. He and his 18-year-old bride of two weeks were captured.
Five days after the GANG BUSTERS presentation of “The Case of Martin Durkin” was broadcast, the following appeared in the August 23, 1937 issue of Time Magazine: