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Screencaps for Ep 3.11 added

I have added the screencaps for Bird of Prey to the episodes' page. On a nightly stroll, a young couple witnesses a murder behind an apartment's curtain. They try to help but are too late to prevent the homicide. The male is beaten down by the murderer who gets away through the night. While interviewing the helping couple in the victim's apartment, Mike discovers a matchbook of the 'Graf Zeppelin', a local bar and restaurant. This indication as well as the witnesses' observation that the murderer grabbed a USAF Colonel uniform when running out of the apartment, our two cops are seeking the Air Force's cooperation at McClellan Air Base. In the meantime, police has pulled at least four homicides among USAF ex wifes in the Bay Area together, making the suspect a serial killer. Mike and Steve team up with USAF special investigator Dick Higgins, and with the basic data on hand, a computer search of the USAF national index identifies two potential suspects: Colonel Peter Johnson, a test pilot for the USAF, and Colonel Carl Abel, a mentally unstable POW and flight electronics specialist. In order to meet the USAF's conditions for interviewing their high-ranking officers, Steve goes undercover, meeting Johnson and Abel under the pretext of internal budget audit for their respective projects on behalf of the General's office. Simultaneously, the trio follows several leads which are always pointing at the downtown restaurant. When every indication suggests mentally unstable Abel to be the murderer, another alternative uncloses.

The nightly opening scene with the young couple witnessing the murder includes a location hopping. We can see them walking down Jackson Street towards Drumm Street with that remarkable apartment building behind them as well as the Davis Court apartment skyscrapers and a glimpse of the Transamerica Pyramid in background. The building they are looking at, however, has another remarkable façade and is located on Portola Drive in Twin Peaks. Quite an amount of filming was accomplished at the (now closed) USAF McClellan Air Base, and the filming crew also used the actual 'Graf Zeppelin' restaurant (long closed) for several sequences. Apart from the recurring interior filming, they used the actual exterior of the restaurant at the corner of Vallejo and Front Streets on one occasion, and switched to another site when Mike, Steve, and Higgins left the restaurant and walked down the street chatting (in that scene, they are actually leaving the 'Old Ship Saloon' at the corner of Pacific Ave and Battery Street, walking down Pacific towards Columbus). Jim Danielson escapes the military police at Davis Court, running over that area and finally jumping into his Mustang Convertible parked on Washington Street across One Maritime Plaza. Mike interviews Danielson's aunt at their house at 3400 Baker Street (offering that impressive view of the Palace of Fine Arts through their large living room windows), and finally, Danielson rushes for Reddin Field where he embarks his historical plane that finally crashes into the hills.

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