Tom Skerritt as John Rim on The FBI (1967).

A startling image of John Rim (Tom Skerritt) at the episode’s opening.

SAC Tom Colby's in trouble!

SAC Tom Colby’s in trouble! He has just been bitten by a poisonous snake, and his walkie-talkie isn't working!

72. The Legend of John Rim

Townspeople give the Feds a piece of their mind!

John Rim: Escaped Federal Prisoner - Unlawful Interstate Flight to Avoid Confinement - Murder.

Original air date: 31 December 1967
This episode was not rerun

Quicksand, an alligator-infested swamp, and a vicious backwood town protect an escaped killer being sought by the F.B.I. Good episode and a good way to close out 1967!

We see John Rim killing an elderly man in the opening to the episode. It is evident he is a a nasty one. However, people in the region admire him for having saved the lives a bus load of school children.

The Crimestoppers Segment

Beginning with this episode, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. would step out of his role as Inspector Erskine, and give a monthly report on criminals wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This would continue on through to the end of the series.

This segment would be a major influence on future shows, notably America's Most Wanted, starring John Walsh. The most famous criminal listed in this segment was James Earl Ray, convicted killer of Martin Luther King.


Performer Role
Tom Skerritt John Clarence Rim
Katherine Justice Lilli Rim
Wayne Rogers Frank Rim
Hugh Reilly S.R.A. Leon Butler
Royal Dano Newman
Ralph Moody Swyre
Ford Rainey Greer
Richard O’Brien Sheriff Goddard
Directed by: Alvin Ganzer
Written by: Andy Lewis

This page updated 10 May 2008.

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