Joe Tulley is forced to shoot the proprietor during a botched gas station holdup, and a nearby witness named Larkin identifies Tulley, his car, and his wife Gloria as they attempt to speed away from the scene. When the proprietor dies, Tulley knows that the Highway Patrol will be searching relentlessly for the getaway car, and he pleads with his hard-working brother Frank to dispose of the car by crushing it beyond recognition in a large hydraulic press used in Frank's auto salvage business. Frank is aware of Joe's culpability in the robbery and murder inasmuch as all auto salvage yards have already been visited and advised to be on the lookout for the car. The heretofore honest Frank struggles with the idea of helping his wayward younger brother out of the situation, particularly since a murder is involved. Finally, however, Frank very reluctantly agrees to help and he is able to get the car into the press minutes before Dan Mathews and Sergeant Williams return to personally ...Written by
Dan Matthews' car is a 1958 Dodge. Joe Tulley's car is a 1959 Plymouth. Gloria Tulley's car is a 1959 Chevy Impala. See more »
After the holdup at the beginning of the story, Mr. and Mrs. Tulley flee to their home. The outside of their house has windows on both sides of the front door; however, there are no windows on either side of the front door inside the house. Artwork hangs from where the windows should be. This is clearly evident when Mrs. Tulley must crack open the front door in order to look outside because there are no inside-windows. See more »
To law enforcement agencies, one of the most dangerous criminals is the unpredictable, armed beginner. Because he is always nervous, often frightened, his comparatively minor crimes frequently explode into crimes of major violence. Such an explosion occurred six weeks ago, when Joe Tulley, with his wife, Gloria, attempted what appeared to be a simple holdup of a service station.
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