Television: Gangbusters, German-Style

There once was a con lady from the Ruhr called "Liquor Hilde" who made her living picking up elderly men in bars, going home with them, then drugging and robbing them. Not long ago, before getting down to work in a pigeon's apartment, she and he paused to watch West Germany's favorite TV show, Aktenzeichen: XY . . . Ungelost (Case: XY . . . Unsolved). Suddenly, to her horror, the program began to dramatize her own racket and displayed a mug shot of Hilde herself. She snapped off the set, but it was too late. Although her victim failed to...

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