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Ma Perkins

Ma Perkins (sometimes called Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins) is an American radio soap opera which was heard on NBC from 1933 to 1949 and on CBS from 1942 to 1960. Between 1942 and 1949, the show was heard simultaneously on both networks. During part of its run on NBC, that network's coverage was augmented by use of transcriptions. Beginning April 1, 1935, nine stations broadcast the transcriptions. Oxydol dropped its sponsorship in 1956. The program continued with various sponsors until 1960. The series was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert with scripts by Robert Hardy Andrews, Orvin Tovrov and others. Ma Perkins began August 14, 1933 on WLW in Cincinnati. On December 4 of that year, it graduated to the NBC Red network. On NBC and CBS the series ran for a total of 7,065 episodes. "America’s mother of the air" was portrayed by actress Virginia Payne, who began the role at the age of 23 and never missed a performance during the program's 27-year run. Kindly, trusting widow Ma Perkins had a big heart and a great love of humanity. She always offered her homespun philosophy to troubled souls in need of advice. Ma Perkins is widely credited with giving birth to storytelling and content-based advertising.

Episodes

Ma Perkins 60-11-25 (7065) The Last Show of the Series
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Ma Perkins 60-11-24 (7064) The Next-to Last Episode of the Series
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Ma Perkins 51-03-27 (4597) Tom and Faye Meet in Tom's Room
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Ma Perkins 51-03-10 (4596) Faye Appears to Be Forced Into Meeting Tom
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Ma Perkins 51-03-09 (4585) Does Faye Want To Marry Grayson
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Ma Perkins 51-03-06 (4582) Tom Finds Unexpected Kindness
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Ma Perkins 51-03-05 (4581) Faye Talks About Her Experiences In New York
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Ma Perkins 51-03-02 (4580) Faye Breaks Down About New York
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Ma Perkins 51-03-01 (4579)
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Ma Perkins 51-02-28 (4578) Ma Goes To Al's Diner
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Ma Perkins 51-02-27 (4577) Faye Is Back From New York
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Ma Perkins 51-02-20 (4572) Willie And Tom's Job
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Ma Perkins 51-02-19 (4571) Faye's Telegram From New York
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Ma Perkins 51-02-16 (4570) Effie Researchs Tom's Activities
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Ma Perkins 51-02-15 (4569) Tom Has Been Sick
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Ma Perkins 51-02-12 (4566) Everyone Is Concerned
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Ma Perkins 51-02-09 (4565) Faye's First Letter From New York
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Ma Perkins 51-02-08 (4564) Ma Discusses The Dinner With Tom
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Ma Perkins 51-02-05 (4561) Preparing For Faye's Departure
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Ma Perkins 51-02-07 (4563) Tom And Ma Become Friends
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Ma Perkins 51-02-06 (4562) Tom Drops By For One Of Ma's Dinners
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Ma Perkins 51-02-02 (4560) Faye Decides To Go To New York
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Ma Perkins 51-02-01 (4559) Spencer Calls Faye
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Ma Perkins 51-01-31 (4558) Spencer's Present Has Arrived
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Ma Perkins 51-01-30 (4557) Tom Welles, the Mysterious 'Surly' So-called Friend
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Ma Perkins 51-01-29 (4556) Faye Reads Her Letter Over And Over
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Ma Perkins 51-01-26 (4555) At Last - Spencer Has Written
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Ma Perkins 51-01-25 (4554) Ma and Faye Meet Tom Welles on the Street
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Ma Perkins 51-01-24 (4553) Faye Is Deeply in Love with Spencer
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Ma Perkins 51-01-23 (4552) Effie and Faye Talk About Spencer
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Ma Perkins 51-01-22 (4551) Spencer Grayson Has Left, and Faye Misses Him
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Ma Perkins 51-01-19 (4550) Spencer Leaves, Promising Someday to Return
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Ma Perkins 51-01-18 (4549) Spencer Announces That He Must Return to New York
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Ma Perkins 51-01-17 (4548) Gladys Pembleton Feels There's More to Spencer Than Meets the Eye
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Ma Perkins 51-01-16 (4547) Tom Has Decided to Marry Kay
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Ma Perkins 51-01-15 (4546) Spencer Continues to Pitch Woo at Faye
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Ma Perkins 51-01-12 (4545) Spencer Asks Shuffle to Help Him
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Ma Perkins 51-01-11 (4544) Spencer Has His Private Talk with Ma
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Ma Perkins 51-01-10 (4543) Spencer Grayson Wants to Talk to Ma
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Ma Perkins 51-01-09 (4542) Mysterious Tom Welles Is Still Angry at Spencer
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Ma Perkins 51-01-08 (4541) Faye and Spencer Are Finding Out More About Each Other
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Ma Perkins 51-01-05 (4540) Spencer Has Decided to Stay in Rushville Center for a While Longer
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Ma Perkins 51-01-05 (4540) Spencer Has Decided to Stay in Rushville Center for a While Longer (1)
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Ma Perkins 51-01-04 (4539) The Family Is Gossiping About the New Romance
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Ma Perkins 51-01-03 (4538) Faye Is Obviously Very Much in Love
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Ma Perkins 51-01-02 (4537) Spencer Meets an Old War Buddy of His
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Ma Perkins 51-01-01 (4536) Faye and Spencer, Ma and Shuffle, Welcome in the New Year
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Ma Perkins 50-12-29 (4435) Shuffle Wants to Visit Ma
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Ma Perkins 50-12-26 (4532)
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Ma Perkins 50-12-25 (4531)
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Ma Perkins 50-12-20 (4528) Everyone Is In A Flutter
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Ma Perkins 50-11-30 (4514)
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Ma Perkins 50-12-19 (4527) Mr Grayson Arrives In Rushville Center
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Ma Perkins 50-01-05 (4540) Spencer Has Decided to Stay in Rushville Center for a While Longer
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Ma Perkins 50-11-29 (4513) Ma Finally Learns The Truth
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Ma Perkins 50-11-08 (4498)
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Ma Perkins 50-11-07 (4497)
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Ma Perkins 50-11-06 (4496)
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Ma Perkins 50-11-03 (4495)
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Ma Perkins 50-10-25 (4488) Mr Myers Comes To Town
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Ma Perkins 50-10-24 (4487) Ma Wants To Know If Mr Myers Is Involved With The Fake Stock
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Ma Perkins 50-10-16 (4481) Ma And Ed Discuss Sylvester
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Ma Perkins 50-10-09 (4476)
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Ma Perkins 50-10-06 (4475)
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Ma Perkins 50-10-03 (4472)
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Ma Perkins 50-10-02 (4471)
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Ma Perkins 50-09-29 (4470)
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Ma Perkins 50-09-28 (4469)
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Ma Perkins 50-09-27 (4468)
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Ma Perkins 50-09-26 (4467) Willie And Effie Argue About Keeping The Stock
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Ma Perkins 50-09-21 (4464) Slyvester Is Confronted About the Mine Investment (version 2)
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Ma Perkins 50-09-21 (4464) Slyvester Is Confronted About the Mine Investment
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Ma Perkins 50-09-20 (4463) Shuffle Is Overjoyed
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Ma Perkins 50-09-11 (4456) Ma Undecided About Willie's Investment
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Ma Perkins 50-09-08 (4455) Willie Invested In A Uranium Mine
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Ma Perkins 50-09-07 (4454) Ma Confronts The Cousins
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Ma Perkins 50-09-06 (4453) Shuffle Is Overjoyed
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Ma Perkins 50-09-05 (4452) Ma Wants More Facts
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Ma Perkins 50-09-04 (4451) All Of Sylvester's Trickery Is Out In The Open
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Ma Perkins 50-09-01 (4450) The Truth Is Out At Last
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Ma Perkins 50-08-31 (4449) Shuffle Tricks Willie Into Telling Of Investment
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Ma Perkins 50-08-30 (4448) Shuffle And Ma Try To Get The Truth
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Ma Perkins 50-08-29 (4447) Faye Tells Ma About Sylvester's Proposal
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Ma Perkins 50-08-28 (4446) Lacking Evidence, Shuffle Leaves
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Ma Perkins 50-08-25 (4445) Ma Tells Shuffle Something Is Wrong
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Ma Perkins 50-08-21 (4445) Shuffle Gets Marietta to Give In
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Ma Perkins 50-08-24 (4444) Ma Asks Evie If She Gave Sylvester Their Life Savings
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Ma Perkins 50-08-23 (4443) Shuffle Talks About Sylvesters Investments (1)
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Ma Perkins 50-08-18 (4440) Fay and Sylvester On A Date
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Ma Perkins 50-08-17 (4439) Sylvester Has Bought A New Car (1)
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Ma Perkins 50-08-16 (4438) Effie And Willie Talk About Willie Getting A Job
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Ma Perkins 50-08-15 (4437) Willie Rights Sylvester A Check
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Ma Perkins 50-08-14 (4436) Ed Gives Sylvester Pointers
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Ma Perkins 50-08-11 (4435) Shuffle Gets Marietta To Give Fay The Truth
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Ma Perkins 50-08-10 (4434) Faye Asks Shuffle For Advice
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Ma Perkins 50-08-09 (4433) Sylvester Is Chewed Out By Ed (1)
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Ma Perkins 50-08-08 (4432) Gladys Tries To Show Fay What A Creep Ed Is
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Ma Perkins 50-08-07 (4431) Sylvester Turns Into A Wolf
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Ma Perkins 49-12-05 (4256) Joseph Tells The Truth
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Ma Perkins 49-12-02 (4255) Surprise Witness
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Ma Perkins 49-12-01 (4254) Mr Sinclair Testifies
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Ma Perkins 49-11-30 (4253) Inquest Begins
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Ma Perkins 49-11-29 (4252) Faye Talks To Joseph
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Ma Perkins 49-11-28 (4251) Ma Asks For Truth Again
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Ma Perkins 49-11-22 (4247) Joseph Learns About Gorman
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Ma Perkins 49-11-21 (4246) Identity Discovered
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Ma Perkins 49-11-18 (4245) Mysterious Phone Call
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Ma Perkins 49-11-17 (4244) Constable Questions Sinclair
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Ma Perkins 49-11-16 (4243) Ma Askes For The Truth
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Ma Perkins 49-11-15 (4242) Ma Supports Sinclair
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Ma Perkins 49-11-14 (4241) Joseph Told To Keep Quiet
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Ma Perkins 49-11-11 (4240) Evey Tells About The Accident
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Ma Perkins 49-11-10 (4239) Brad Dies
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Ma Perkins 49-11-09 (4238) Brad Falls Out The Window
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Ma Perkins 49-11-08 (4237) Brad Gorman Appears
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Ma Perkins 49-11-07 (4236) Plans To Leave
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Ma Perkins 49-11-04 (4235) Ann Receives A Telegram
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Ma Perkins 49-11-03 (4234) Joseph Won't Stay For Dinner
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Ma Perkins 49-11-02 (4233) Tells Ma About Losing Job
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Ma Perkins 49-11-01 (4232) A Body Has Fallen Out of a Hotel Widow
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Ma Perkins 49-10-31 (4231) Invited To Dinner
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Ma Perkins 49-10-28 (4230) Augustus Blackmailed
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Ma Perkins 49-10-27 (4229) Mr Sinclair Reassures Ma
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Ma Perkins 49-10-26 (4228) Meeting With The Mayor
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Ma Perkins 49-10-25 (4227) The Mayor Calls
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Ma Perkins 49-10-24 (4226) Wanted By The Law
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Ma Perkins 49-10-21 (4225) Tells Ma About Fight
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Ma Perkins 49-10-20 (4224) Joseph Returns Home
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Ma Perkins 49-10-19 (4223) Mr Sinclair Refuses To Leave
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Ma Perkins 49-10-18 (4222) Joseph Missing
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Ma Perkins 49-10-17 (4221) Sinclair Talks To Joseph
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Ma Perkins 49-10-14 (4220) Joseph Goes To Hotel
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Ma Perkins 49-10-13 (4219) Ann Won't Answer Phone
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Ma Perkins 49-10-12 (4218) Joseph Upset
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Ma Perkins 49-10-11 (4217) Mayor Ross Complains
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Ma Perkins 49-10-10 (4216) Positive ID
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Ma Perkins 49-10-07 (4215) Questioned By Police
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Ma Perkins 49-10-06 (4214) Stranded
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Ma Perkins 49-10-05 (4213) Midnight Boat Ride
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Ma Perkins 49-10-04 (4212) Dinner And Dancing
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Ma Perkins 49-10-03 (4211) Sinclair Drops By
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Ma Perkins 49-09-30 (4210) Big Date
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Ma Perkins 49-09-29 (4209) News Travels Fast
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Ma Perkins 49-09-28 (4208) What Junior Saw
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Ma Perkins 49-09-27 (4207) Joseph Tells His Story
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Ma Perkins 49-08-30 (4187)
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Ma Perkins 38-06-02 (xxxx) Sonia Fades Out
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Ma Perkins 35-xx-xx (424) Ma Asks Dee Pemberton for Advice
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Ma Perkins 35-08-xx (423) Faye and John Argue at the Dinner Table
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Ma Perkins 38-05-30 (xxxx) Sonia Is Shot
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