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Title

Journey into Terror

Plot

Jane Stoddard marries a man and later discovers that her husband is the infamous serial killer known as The Boston Strangler. Forced to be the bait for the cops, she must cross the country when her life is in danger.

Episode

0133

Air Dates

  • First Run - August 14, 1974
  • Repeat - October 13, 1974
  • Repeat - May 2, 1980

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13 Responses to Episode 0133

This is the episode about the young woman on her honeymoon, who thinks her husband is going to murder her. A woman named Iris makes her think so by telling her a long, complicated story and the girl believes her. As it turns out, her husband is with the police and trying to catch Iris, who is the real murderess. The husband turns out to be ok in the end. My question: why didn't his wife trust her own husband over the word of some stranger?

Amy

It seems that she would have been indignant when a stranger tells her that her husband is a murderer and you'd think she would want proof. I know I would want proof of such a thing. Also, the woman who was the real killer acted so creepy anyway, you'd think that the girl would have realized that something was wrong and she wouldn't have trusted her. I think it would have been a better ending if the husband AND his wife had both trapped the woman in the end and it would have turned out that the wife knew all along and had been in on the plot with her husband. It would have been a trick ending and it would have made more sense. I would have liked the story better that way. It could have been written so that the young wife acted like she believed her husband was a killer, but in the end we find out that she was working with him all along. So in that sense there could have been a story. Actually, if I were the husband, I would be really hurt that my wife thought I was a murderer and trusted the woman's story.

Amy

This story seemed alot like "Deadly Honeymoon" Episode 19 so I assumed the ending before there was any evidence for it. I suppose there's only so many ways to twist 1399 stories! lol

Roger

Amy, you have a point on working together. And why would the husband think its unsafe to confront the psycho in an open public place in the afternoon but prefer to do so in their home at sunset?

Roger

Jane Stoddard finds out her new husband is a serial killer a la the Boston Strangler. Now she is forced to criss cross the country serving as bait for the police.

Lashownda Wilkins

A woman marries a psychiatrist after only a 2 week whirlwind romance. Their honeymoon plans are changed to follow his work. At one stop, she is approached by a female detective claiming that her husband is actually a serial murderer and has a history of killing his wives for the insurance money, and other brides just for fun. She enlists the new bride’s support in gathering evidence (of which there appears already to be plenty) to capture and imprison him. Not too well written, lots of holes, poor character development.

Drew

I already knew the ending after hearing that the writer was George Lowthar. He's a great writer but his stories always have third act switcheroo. I agree with others that if you are taking the word of a stranger over that of your husband, maybe you ought to reflect on our reasons for getting married.

Andy

Fantastic episode with some new actors--much needed. George Lowthar wrote this episode and he did an amazing job. Sure, it may have been a bit predictable (I hate it when people comment on how predictable the ending was as if they've solved the Black Dahlia case), but you have to give credit to such adult themes and story lines. Rather progressive for 1974. 5 stars. This episode would be the perfect 1st listen.

DAVY JOE

I thought it seemed strange that the wife would believe a complete stranger with no evidence. She kept mentioning other officers but they never made an appearance. I don't remember her even mentioning identification. This must have been a very gullible woman.

Alec

Iris Patterson presented Jane with credentials identifying herself as a police detective. Later, Iris claimed the police car that was tailing Jane (under orders from Tom) was working with Iris. So Jane wasn't quite as gullible as some people think. And I'm with Davy Joe—Lynn Loring is way more believable as a newlywed than Mercedes McCambridge or Agnes Moorehead. Continuity error/goof: in the opening, E.G. Marshall refers to Jane Stoddard as "Jane Prentiss."

Karen

The couple who play husband and wife, Lynn Loring and Roy Thinnes were real life husband and wife at the time this was recorded. Roy Thinnes is most famous for playing alien hunter David Vincent of the 60s Quinn Martin series The Invaders.

John

If I was George Lowthar I'd ask to have my name removed from the writing credits as this is as bad as it gets !

Diggs Gavers Jr

I was expecting the final act twist simply because it stretched credibility that the husband could have committed so many crimes and not been hauled in already. And the ending is way too abrupt because you've got a marriage that has exposed itself as one without any trust whatsoever and there isn't any final scene between the two (maybe that's a metaphor for how the marriage of Thinnes and Loring was going downhill).

EJP


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