Unsolved Mysteries

Host: Robert Stack.

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Cast: John Mariano, William Lewis.

Host: Robert Stack.

With its sixth season nearing an end, dependable “Unsolved Mysteries” continues at its post as a video replacement for the likes of “True Detective.” Real stories shoehorned into dramatic replays use some original participants in dramatizations and a toll-free phone number for viewers to use. As it heads into its seventh season, it can’t miss.

First of three cases involves Bernard DeSalvo, convicted Boston Strangler as depicted by actor John Mariano (role played by Tony Curtis in the 1968 film “The Boston Strangler”).

DeSalvo’s psychiatrist, lawyer F. Lee Bailey and prison inmate George Nassar (sometimes accused of being the strangler) offer opinions about DeSalvo’s guilt.

Never convicted of being the killer, DeSalvo was instead sent up for life on another charge and sent to the same pen as Nassar.

A dark something’s hinted at when it’s announced that DeSalvo was stabbed to death the night before he was to meet with his psychiatrist and a reporter to whom he was going to tell the “true story.” His killer’s being sought.

Second case revolves around a phone call made by a black woman to a white woman in Upper State New York claiming they had the same father.

Bonnie, the white woman, said it wasn’t possible, but found that her father, once stationed in Texas, had once told a prejudiced son about loving a black woman who had a child by him.

Program invites the half-sister or anyone who knows her to call.

Third is the pitiable story of a California woman whose 29-year-old son was gunned down by a car carrying four men.

The woman seeks help finding anyone with info.

Program’s chief asset is its help in locating the people.

Robert Stack holds to his gangbuster, unbending stance to host and narrate the stories.

Production’s efficient, helpful and often revealing; it’s almost a public service program.

Unsolved Mysteries

(Wed. (11), 8-9 p.m., NBC)

Production: Filmed by Cosgrove/Meurer Prods. Exec producers, Terry Dunne Meurer, John Cosgrove; supervising producers, Raymond Bridgers, Stuart Schwartz; seg producers, Stuart Alpert, Jeannie O'Neill,Michael Palazzolo; supervising director, Cosgrove; seg directors, Jim Lindsay, Laura Patterson, David Vassar, Bridgers, Mike Mathis; writers, Bridgers, Lynn Lawrence, Glenn Kirschbaum, Meurer, Cosgrove.

Crew: Camera, Kevin O'Brien, K. James Peterson; editors, Ron Medico, Patrick M. Crawford, Ralph Wikke; sound, Michael Fowler, Russ G. Simon; title theme, Gary Remal Malkin, Michael Boyd; music, Malkin.

Cast: Cast: John Mariano, William Lewis.

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