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Stay Out of Dutchman's Woods


While picnicking in the woods of Maine, a young couple on vacation are separated and become hopelessly lost. The woman makes her way back to civilization, while the man encounters the forest's beautiful enchantress.



Air Dates

  • First Run - October 16, 1975
  • Repeat - March 13, 1976
  • Repeat - December 19, 1980





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24 Responses to Episode 0363

This was the first time I've heard this one. It kept you wondering right up to the end how they would get back together. The final moment gave me a shiver

Jonathan Wald

A young couple drives to Southern Maine for a fall vacation stay at a small inn. As they approach the remote inn the man admires the nearby forest and tells his wife he would like for the two of them to go for a hike the next day. When the couple ask the innkeeper and his wife to prepare for them a picnic lunch to take on their hike, they are advised to "stay out of Dutchman's Woods." They don't listen and laugh off the warnings. Late that evening the young wife turns up at the inn alone not knowing the whereabouts of her husband. And away you go...

Jeremy Bushong

A couple on vacation decide to picnic in the nearby woods even after the caretaker of the lodge warns them against it. They get separated and hopelessly lost. The husband comes upon a strange, beautiful young woman who seems to have a mysterious power over him. Will they become two more in the long list of people to disappear forever in the depths of Dutchman's Woods? An effective moody story that brings the Greek notion of the siren ( a woman whose voice had mysterious power over men) into a modern setting. Genre: Occult

Mr. Bentley

A couple vacationing in Maine go on a picnic in the woods. They become lost and eventually separated. She finds her way back, he finds and enchantress.

Ruger Whitford

A man walks through and old cemetary and his body is captured by a malovent spirit who is searching for his lost lover somewhere in the old New England town.

N. Romuald

A couple vacationing in a remote area are keen to explore the woods despite warnings from the locals. It appears that those who enter are never heard from again... particularly if they are male.

B. McCormick

This is a fun show all around. Strange, I thought the title was familiar and that I had heard it before, but actually it was new to me. A goofy kind of story that has a little bit of something for everybody. A young couple in love and supportive of each other, the worldly-wise older couple who warn of dangers and help rescue the young-uns, a creepy seductive ghost, a magical tailisman that comes into play . . . the final "screechs" are really quite chilling! And the ghost is really rather scarey and cool, which makes her persona all the more interesting. Perhaps not a classic RMT, but if this show is an example of their "weaker" offerings, then it's easy to see why the RMT ran for so many years.

David Gallardo

The title of this episode is one of the best chatch phrases ever for cbsrmt fans. If anyone asks you for some advice you no longer have to say "Look both ways before crossing the street."

Jenn L.

Enjoyed listening to this one. I started off just listening to the first couple of minutes, but I couldn't tear myself away and sat there till the end credits. Long before the Blair Witch, there were creepy things going on out in the woods, it seems. A good example of how much more atmospheric these sorts of stories are on radio where you don't have to worry about making trees look menacing on camera. And the writer had the good sense not to go with one of those irritating twist endings ("She's dead" "No I'm not" "Yes you are" "No I'm not".....)


I remember taping this one off the radio when I was 13. It was a stormy winter night (12/19/80) which really added to the atmosphere of the story. This episode is a fine example of how radio shows have a distinct edge over T.V. and movies--a few sound effects, some well delivered lines by talented actors and viola!-- instant gothic horror. This one has all the elements for it-- young love and an older, more mature love (The innkeepers) and an alluring, seductive "succubus" (Joan Lorring-- one of RMT's best resident "witches" --really the first--with her apperance in just the 7th broadcast as an actual witch in "I Warn You Three Times"). The ending with the horrified screams is just perfect! Speaking of "The Blair Witch Project" -- I've always enjoyed that movie, especially 'cause it borrows one of the most important-- if not THE most important -- element of radio-- all the terror is left completely to the "Theater of the Mind". All the supernatural aspects are created by the viewer's imagination. I thought it was a clever film-- if for no other reason than that. More horror films should take a cue from it. Until Next Time..................


You are exactly right with leaving the terror to the mind. And it is exactly why I love these shows so much (especially at night). I recently saw the Strangers and can tell you the best part of the movie was the times they scared you without showing anything or minimal, such as the figure standing in the shadows just watching Liv Tyler (reminded me of Hitchcock). Also as soon as the gore entered the movie (there wasn't much), I immediately thought that is what's wrong with "horror" today. One of the best parts of the Blair Witch, I thought, was when they thought they heard a baby and you could faintly hear some crying. That stirs up all kinds of images and keeps stirring them up even after you are home safe in your bed. If you want blood and gore just watch the medical channel on cable. If you want great terror, keep listening to OTR.


My favorite witch episode is "I Warn You Three Times"; this show may rank second. The enigmatic warning issued by the husband, without specifics, reminds me of "An American Werewolf in London". In the film, the Americans visit an inn and receive weird looks; after they leave, the men are sent out to find the boys who, of course, end up getting attacked by a werewolf. The maze in "The Shining" also came to mind when the couple became lost in the woods. The shrieks at the end of the show rank as a great RMT moment. The actor portraying the witch has (had) a great voice with a seductive quality that was perfect for this character (as well as ...Three Times). Once again I am amazed by the number of quality shows RMT produced. There are literally hundreds of solid, entertaining shows, in addition to the classics (such as "Carmilla"). In retrospect, I am surprised there were not more clunkers. As we have discussed before, there were a number of RMTs that featured witches. Other than murder mysteries, it may have been the most popular theme for RMTs, except possibly for space aliens. It would be interesting to see a table breaking down plots by type for RMT. I only wish there had been more vampire/werewolf related stories.

Grace Jamon

Yes, this was a good one. Hadn't heard it before. Kept me guessing until the end!


Thumbs up


great story to listen to ,especially near Halloween!

terence m. jones

Quite the good episode to listen to and gripping to a certain extent. I know if I had been told the tale I wouldn't have believed it either.


This was Santos Ortega 4th and final appearance on CBSRMT.


My favorite one.


I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Fielden Farrington’s story had interesting plot points, likeable characters, and a satisfying ending. What would’ve made this story very outstanding, if there was more character development on Katrina: the Ghost-Witch. And a detailed description of what she looked like besides having the characters say she's “beautiful." Also, there should’ve been a scene, a flashback, on how her husband killed her in the 1700’s rather than having the main characters talk about her death. Or perhaps, a scene where the Katrina narrates her life on living in the Dutchman’s Woods for 2 centuries and how many men she captured. Another way to title this Fantasy-Mystery would be “The Separation” or simply “The Ghost-Witch.” Sound effects of the car engine, breaks, doorbell dinging, tableware clinking, birds chirping, howling wind, hard rain, lamp switch, and the ghost-witch’s home crumbling were splendid, very supportive in this tale. The music was good, especially using tracks from the TWILIGHT ZONE series, but the suspenseful tunes were played many times over. When the ghost-witch seduced her latest victim, they should’ve used the serene music from #0508-THE GOLDEN PEOPLE. When the characters talked about the murder of Katrina, they should’ve used the despairing music from the ending scene of #0476-THE SERPENT OF THE NILE. And as for the scene where the wife finds her missing husband while the ghost-witch tries to stop them, they should’ve the horror tunes from #1245-THE JUDGE’S HOUSE. Anyway, moving on to our Host where he mentions the Woods in his Prologue. In ACT-1, E.G. Marshall introduces us to our main characters. In ACT-2, he mentions Webster’s definition of “Natural.” In ACT-3, after the stunning climax, our Host points out that our villain was indeed a ghost. In his Epilogue, his Resolution to this story is that our main characters still vacationed. Kudos to our Host in his narrations. And kudos to our terrific cast: Paul Hecht (as Ronny Andrews), Jada Rowland (as Peg Andrews), Santos Ortega (as Lou Griffin), Joan Lorring (as Katrina), and Mary Jane Higby (as Sarah Griffin). Both Santos Ortega and Mary Jane Higby played the old married couple very well. Both Paul Hecht and Jada Rowland were terrific as the young married couple. And as for Joan Lorring for playing the antagonist, she was “spellbinding.” SPECIAL NOTE: that screaming sound that you hear at the 40:18 mark, that wasn’t Joan Lorring’s voice. It’s the same sound effect they used for #0396-BURN, WITCH, BURN. If you enjoy witch stories, check this one out. Also, check out Joan Lorring’s spellbinding performance in #0053-THE CREATURE FROM THE SWAMP where she plays a witch named “Undina.” Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)


loved this one. As a kid this one would def have scared me


I can remember that as a kid , & even as an adult, I never like 2 go 2 terribly far into a wooded area especially @ night & then happen upon a strange woman while u'r looking 4 ur wife that u'v b'n separ8ed from although this never happened 2 me in real life. Poor Ronnie has no choice but 2 go with Katrina, the Siren, since she tells him that he cannot be reunited with Peg without her help. Funny how it's always the male gender that r always getting lost in Dutchman's woods. I've noticed that there's a lot of background music which was also used in the series Twilight Zone. While listening 2 this episode, I thought about the actresses which'd b'n right 4 the part of Katrina if it were a motion picture. A few actresses I can think of: Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Blake Liveley, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones just 2 name a few. The good thing is that this time Katrina didn't get what she wanted & through a big tantrum(screams @ the end of the play) when Ronnie & Peg were reunited. All's well that ends well. Until next time.....pleasant dreams(LOL).


Love these spooky ones!

Tom Mcgrattan

I normally don't care as much for the witch/ghost episodes, but this was one of my favorite cbsrmt episodes. It was fun to listen to, and it had a lot of substance without feeling forced. Everyone played his or her part well. Fun and a little spooky!


This one scared me.


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