This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Cleavon Little and Simon Oakland star in “Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You,” airing Jan. 14, 1977

    Original Air Date:
    January 14, 1977

    Synopsis. Waterbury Security Systems, one of the largest detective agencies in the world, has been systematically disenfranchising independent private investigators as part of its plan to reduce the market share of small agencies by 20 percent. Two victims, gumshoes Billy Merrihew (played by Cleavon Little) and Vern St. Cloud (Simon Oakland), hire Rockford to investigate the matter. (Jim would’ve been victimized himself had he not been away on vacation.) Rockford realizes that Waterbury means business when he discovers a third private investigator has been murdered.

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