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Under Grave Suspicion
A bitter fight between a couple. A sea side cottage. And turbulent weather that threatens to turn into a hurricane.
Air Dates:
First Run - February 14, 1974
Repeat - May 3, 1974
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15 Responses to Episode 0038

Brings new meaning, I suppose, to "Insane With Jealousy." The crime is solved via act of God, although forensics do play a role. Crime drama, no supernatural elements.

A man whose wife has become unfaithful finds himself in a growing rage as a hurricane bears down on a seaside cottage that he has gone for a confrontation. His worst fears are realized when he surprises she and her lover, and lives out his rage. Nothing special, but not boring either.

Mystery Theater used several themes consistently, and this episode was no different. The "unfaithful spouse" theme always seemed to evoke strong emotions from its listener. This one seemed to ask the question, "Is it ever alright to return violence to an adulterous spouse?" This was a so-so episode which was mostly narrated by the central character. It lacked some of the strong dialogue between characters that Mystery Theater was distinguished for.

I used to listen to these mystery episodes in the 70's and 80's -- wonderful to find them here on line -- they are great-the acting, sound effects, background mood music ... only problem is that I wish the tales were not mostly about killing and death ... as good as they are, I prefer stories that are not filled w/horror, madness and murder...they can be just as thrilling - I guess that there has always been - and will always be an appetite for fear and bloodshed.

Tremendous atmosphere, all closed in and buried. But a storm exposes madness and futility.

Thomas Drake and his wife are two yuppies (or "moderns" as they said in -70s lingo) with an open relationship. But Drake discovers he can no longer abide his wife, Mary-Anne, seeing other men. When Drake discovers Mary-Anne at their lakeside cabin with another man, his rage gets the better of him and kills them both. He realizes he must bury the bodies, but what if one of the neighbors spots him and what of the huge storm that is heading his way? A pretty typical psychological tale of a man pushed over the edge. Genre: Suspense

A couple's marriage is under strain while a college professor's wife is having an affair. He kills them both and is then is stranded by a hurricane.

Boring story that Ralph Bell can't save with a decent performance.

A man catches his wife in a sexual affair with another man and murders them both. He tries to cover it up. The police try to uncover it. Dull story with a flat ending.

The first-person narrative was a new angle that brought some good color to the story. I liked how the police weren't portrayed as bumbling idiots, knew exactly what was going on but didn't attack it head-on. Hints, innuendo, foreshadowing--all conspire to move a man to hysteria. Not any big twists, really, just a slow, inexorable advance to the inevitable conclusion. Still very listenable.

Thomas Drake or his wife are quite silly if they thought it could work out as a marriage when she had a wandering lust. She really should've never married him (although it begs the question of why she wanted to marry at all).

this was a pretty good story!

Ralph Bell could read the phone book and it would sound great. I very much liked this simple, straight forward murder story. Wonderful dark setting and mood. Would make a great Alfred Hitchcock Presents. First person narrative was nice.

This has always been one of my favorite episodes, which includes one of Ralph Bell's greatest radio performances. He plays the part of a man, insane with jealousy, who murders his wife and her lover and tries to bury them during a storm. His character is so pathetic and I actually find myself not wanting him to get caught, lol! His acting skills are especially good at the end, when he cries with desperation, as he tries (and fails), to cover the bodies of his murdered victims. I find myself wanting him to be declared "not guilty by reason of insanity". The music in this episode is very chilling and perfectly sets the mood.

Under Grave Suspicion is my favorite. I went out to Montauk last month and listened to it on the beach.

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