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Terror on the Heath


A young man thinks he is the incarnation of serial killer who was hanged for a series of murders in the 1800s. He finds an old photo of the killer in the public museum, and also a man well-versed in the history of the crimes.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 6, 1974
  • Repeat - December 28, 1974





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13 Responses to Episode 0170

Terror on the Heath was not one of my favorites, but I admit a bias against episodes with reincarnation. 3 stars--just an average listen.

Davy Joe

A man reads a book about 19th century murderers and finds them strangely familiar. Piquing his interest, he pursues more information from the author. THe author is preparing an exhibit of artifacts related to his research at the local museum, one of them being a daguerreotype of the long dead criminal. Gazing into the face, it is as though he is looking at a mirror... the image is identical to his own, and the memories that flood his mind are too vivid to ignore. Can he be the reincarnation of this 19th century murderer?


Not one of my favorite episodes. There is supposed to be a supernatural element to the story, but my feeling was that it was more psychological, more of a monomania. Not a terrible episode, but not that great to me either. I had to listen to the ending a second time to figure out what happened as well (or rather, who was who at the end).


This was the episode that I listened to when I was young. It was my first time hearing CBSRMT and I was completely hooked. I recorded it using a cassette recorder and subsequently had an entire library, some episodes recorded on eight track tape! (remember those?). I found the episode suspensful and very enjoyable and have listened to it many a time since I was ten years old.

Winslow Swan

I have not heard this particular episode but I too had recorded many episodes on 60 mins tape cassettes which I still have with the commercials of the time. I was about 8 when I started listening and was also my hand drawing time too.

Luis Gutierrez

I'm an old radio newscaster myself and grew up on the 70's CBS radio network Love the sounder, the stories and hearing the anchors I remember from my high school and college days. I also love the Country Time lemonade commercial, however, that Country Time lemonade stuff is watered down and horrible. The regular lemonade is much more lemony.


I am so glad I have CBSRMT in my life; it's one of my daily pleasures. I was a kid when it was on, but never heard it. I discovered it a couple years ago, after exhausting a radio show from the 40s called "Dark Fantasy" on repeat (it was only on for 2 seasons) and going through Orson Welles shows. I am in the 1100s now on CBSRMT. I listen to at least one episode every day, either while I work or go to sleep. I get migraines and it's a wonderful distraction while I'm lying in bed. I have suffered some losses this year and the show is my friend whenever I need some time alone. I am so thrilled to get to hear some of my favorite actors like John Lithgow and Richard Mulligan, and discover amazing actors I had never heard of before like Larry Haines, Teri Keane, and Howard Silva. Not to mention writers like Sam Dann and Elspeth Eric. I've tried to get more friends to listen, but it hasn't really happened yet. Then again, I'm a little obsessed. In this world of epic video games, smart phones, and endless entertainment options, it's nice to know there is this small group of people determined to keep radio theatre alive. Thank you all.


I had one the other day that still had the 30 minute tone am stations used to use at top and bottom of the hour. It would have made a migraine much worse.


I was a kid too and only had exposure when I was on holiday break from school since it came on late at night. I longed to hear it again for decades! I am glad you can enjoy and love it now and it brings joy to your life like it does mine too. My sister is the one who found it back then, and later my husband to be told me he listened under covers as a kid, but they don't have the continued interest that I do. I LOVE these shows!


When I listened as a kid, I worried that someone would find out and think I was an oddball. Today, I don’t worry about that, but I’ve never found anyone else who is interested. Glad I found this website! I think we are definitely a rare breed.


I so agree w/u! I’ve sent episodes to a few family/friends that I had found so entertaining so, I wanted to share w/them. So far, no one has thought like me, or, gotten hooked like me! Guess it’s their loss. Phones, games & terrible movies & tv shows have captured their attention. Listening to these plays… moves my imagination & makes tv seem very boring. I listen to them every day!


I don’t think a lot of other kids knew about CBSRMT when I was growing up. It was our little secret! 🤓

John Smistad

This was an interesting episode, I thought for sure he was reincarnated but then the twist. I did not listen to these in high school but i found them now and I'm so happy! I just love listening to them. Everything is so fast paced now it's nice to remember the good ole days when things were slower and people more friendly! I do love the commercials and wish all the episodes had them. Thanks so much for these being available!


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