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Afraid to Live, Afraid to Die


Not a supernatural, but a psychological horror story is revealed as Ellen Muir recounts her trip to Malvern Grange to take care of its aged matron.



Air Dates

  • First Run - April 23, 1975
  • Repeat - July 29, 1975





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11 Responses to Episode 0261

I was a regular listener to RMT, and after all these years, this one episode has stayed with me. It truly did have me "cowering beneath the sheets!" When I listened to it recently, I was amazed at how well I remembered it.


I too was an avid listener back then. But alas my memory isn't what it used to be. This is a good story nonetheless.

Randy Mc

Very engaging story, my fave! The old woman cackle like voice gave me nightmares. Well put together, I felt like I went back in time. I swear If I looked outside there would be a horse and buggy in the drive way instead of an SUV


Ellen Muir tells her story of going to Malvern Grange to help care for its elderly matron who is quite insane. This is a case where the house is not haunted by the spirit of the dead, but the conscience of the living.

Ghelo Diesta

A young woman leaves her home to take up a job as a maid with her aunt at an elderly woman who the stableman describes as half alive, half ghost, and all mystery. The young woman is intrigued, terrified, but reassured by her stern aunt who puts everything and everyone in their place. Her sense of order and control seems to calm her, until strange noises come from the upstairs and her aunt scurries away to tend to the old woman’s needs. As the story unfolds, the mystery of the old woman is compounded by the old woman’s behaviour, and the mystery of the old woman’s life.


I didn't think I'd like this story at the beginning, but it was very good. When you get to the end you understand more of what was happening at the beginning. I thought it silly that allegedly all the bones turned to dust except for the skull, though.


Like this one too. I try to make out exactly what the old woman is actually screeching, but can't figure it out. Anyone know what she is saying?


I really liked this episode. The recording is very clear. I still can't get the picture of the old lady in her wig and ball gown lying in her bed out of my mind.


I listened to it last night and I think as the story started to become clearer I thought it was more psychologically taunting then scary. Marvelous episode!


The ONLY thing I dislike about RMT is that crazy, HIGH pitched old lady voice! I've heard it in a few episodes but now in "Afraid to Live, Afraid to Die" She just gets under my skin; I'm not sure who it is.


@Desiree, The old lady is played by one of the three actresses listed above. You're right that she has a creepy voice. In fact, she's one of the creepiest characters on CBSRMT! I totally dislike her, especially when we get to the end of the story and find out her horrid history. @Cathy, The old lady is yelling about the crime she committed in her past, and saying things like, "Don't let the Devil get me!" It turns out she isn't as crazy as people think because she really did commit a horrible murder that makes her guilty, and she is afraid she will go to Hell when she dies.


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