Straw Hat Shakedown. The

Straw Hat Shakedown. The

Broadcast: May 18, 1951
Added: May 14 2021

In almost every case of crime by terror - blackmail or extortion - the threat is undesirable attention from the public. If it's racketeering the usual menace is damage to the victim's property or business. Usually, the threat is a bluff, because the criminal has good reason to fear publicity even more than the individual he threatens. When the prospective victim keeps his head, he can turn this fear to his own advantage by immediately reporting the matter to the authorities. Today's case is the story of a man who lacked the moral courage to call on the local police for help, and the results were tragic...

**A message from J Edgar Hoover about our 'internal security' is read.**