'Most Wanted' taping two segments in Baltimore

April 28, 1992|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

A production crew from the Fox network series "America's Most Wanted" visits Baltimore today and tomorrow, taping a pair of local stories as the series nears a milestone: the capture of the 200th fugitive attributed to the show's airing.

The Baltimore cases gaining attention include the arrest on April 19 of William Cecil Brandon Jr., 49, accused of murdering a youth who rang a doorbell in a prank, and the escape last November from the state's "Supermax" prison of convicted murderer Harold Benjamin Dean.

"America's Most Wanted," in its fifth season (at 8 p.m. Fridays, WBFF-Channel 45), is the show that re-enacts crimes and broadcasts descriptions and other information about fugitives at large. Show host John Walsh first gained national attention when his son, Adam, was killed in a Florida abduction/murder case that was dramatized by the television movie "Adam" (in 1983, starring Daniel J. Travanti).

Mr. Walsh is in town with the production team this week, and Channel 45 plans a luncheon in his honor on Thursday.

Since the initial 1988 broadcast, the series has profiled 464 fugitives (as of April 20), and contends that 198 have been apprehended as the result of tips phoned by viewers to law enforcement agencies. (The Baltimore suspect Mr. Brandon was arrested before the show's planned broadcast of his case.)

Show officials anticipate announcing the identity of the 200th capture as part of the May 8 edition of "America's Most Wanted."

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