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Confession - The Anna Carlson Case (07-19-53)

Confession - The Anna Carlson Case (07-19-53)

The Anna Carlson Case (Aired July 19, 1953)

"I make this confession of my own free will because it is true. There has not been any force or violence used upon my person to induce me to make these statements. Without promise of immunity or reward or gratuity I confess." The above was the 'freely given' confession preamble to the true Confessions that served as the backdrop to this short, Summer 1953 series of the same name, that aired over NBC. NBC framed the production as a public interest program: "These true tragedies are brought to you each week as an NBC Radio Network production, in an effort to stem the Nation's forward March of Crime." In actual practice, though these dramatized crime biographies were certainly cautionary tales in their own right, NBC's representation of presenting them in the public interest rings a bit hollow. They were more in the vein of the already wildly popular Dragnet series, or the Night Watch series that followed soon after. Indeed, upon completing the

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