Crime Classics is a United States radio docudrama which aired as a sustaining series over CBS Radio
from June 15, 1953, to June 30, 1954. Created, produced, and directed by radio actor/director Elliott Lewis, the program was a
historical true crime series, examining crimes and murders from the past. It grew out of Lewis' personal interest in famous murder
cases and took a documentary-like approach to the subject, carefully recreating the facts, personages and feel of the time period.
Comparatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts and events, but the tragedy was leavened with humor, expressed largely
through the narration. The crimes dramatized generally covered a broad time and place frame from ancient Greece to late 19th-century
America. Each episode in the series was co-written by Morton Fine and David Friedkin, in consultation with Lewis, although the scripting
process was more a matter of research, as the stories were "adapted from the original court reports and newspaper accounts" or from
the works of historians.