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Ness tries to bring down white slaver Mig Torrance but faces a great deal of apathy from both the newspapers and the public. But when nine Mexican prostitutes are brutally murdered near the United States border on the orders of Torrance, the public is finally aroused and the girls working for Torrance organize against him.
Thursday March 10th, 1960
Special Guest StarsGuest StarsUncredited
March 1934. Prohibition is over but Al Capone continues to run his criminal empire from behind prison bars. His new bit money maker is prostitution. A nasty and sadistic homosexual named Mig Torrance runs the operation for him for a 50% cut of the action. Eliot Ness and the Untouchables raid one of Mig's whorehouses. All of the prostitutes except one, Mary Sage, escape through a trap door on the premises. Mary can't escape because she's just died from a drug overdose. She is being mourned by Ernie Torrance, Mig's younger brother. Ernie's compadre, Red Foran, quickly ushers him out of the house before he gets caught up in the raid too...Read the full recap
This episode ranks as the bloodiest of the series with at least 15 people getting killed. Especially shocking is the scene where nine Mexican prostitutes are brutally machine gunned in cold blood.
Jeremy Slate would return in the series finale A Taste for Pineapple.
Nita Talbot would appear once more in the Season Four opener The Night They Shot Santa Claus.
Locations: Chicago, Mexico
Reporter: Did Torrance ever try to buy you off?
Ness: There've been some second hand romances but I think he's got my message by now.
Wheaton: Partners got a place for bullets between the eyes just like everyone else, Mig.
Mrs. B: Don't you know why they invented doorbells, Mig?
Mrs. B: (to Mig) I still got a couple of friends who wouldn't mind fixin' you up with a permanent stare.
The character of Bob Wheaton is billed as Bob Wheeler in the ending credits.
It's pretty obvious that the lead villain of this episode, Mig Torrance, is a homosexual although in those days they couldn't come right out and say that in the script. Also worth watching: Dick York in a pre-Darrin Stephens role.