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The Cornstarch Killer


Discovering that she can bring down the wrath of God upon anyone who approaches her with impure intentions is a major inconvenience to a landlord who is growing increasingly wary of his boarder-- and just as enchanted.



Air Dates

  • First Run - May 3, 1976
  • Repeat - September 3, 1976





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9 Responses to Episode 0479

Excellent Episode. A sexy murder mystery that leaves you wondering is it supernatural or something more naferious? Great ending.


A "virtuous" woman brings the wrath of God down upon anyone who approaches her with "impure" thoughts. Her landlord is going increasingly wary of her --- and attracted to her.

P. Cabrera

A mysterious and beautiful woman takes a room at a boarding house and claims her luggage was lost by the bus and she is irate at the bus station staff who, she believes, looked at her in a lewd and lascivious manner. (This episode, ironically, is sponsored by Greyhound Package Express). The police arrive moments later to question the landlord about his tenants and we learn the victim, stabbed in the back, with a smudge of corn starch on his face, is none other than the terminal manager.


Do not dare lust over her. If you value your life, always be a gentleman. In the end, she pays for her brutal sins.


**SPOILERS FOLLOW** I rated this low because it was narrated by someone who supposedly survived the entire episode, having journaled the whole experience from beginning until _through_ his seduction and death. Just doesn't make sense. The ending of the narrator's life doesn't fit the premise in which the story was being related. The rest of the episode was good, albeit predictable, but as a whole it was like listening to a passable symphony, with the final chord being struck by a chorus of kazoos.


I agree with Mike that the story was good if not predictable. Until Mike mentioned the journal I didn't think about that part of it, but there have been plenty of stories that do the same thing in the end. Not quite the same is The Haunter of the Dark by HP Lovecraft.


Loved listening to this show way back in the 70's.I'm really happy to be able to enjoy it now thanks to this site. I still prefer to listen to these shows under the covers in the dark.The music was from the original Twilight Zone tv shows (1959-1964). I Really love the commercials in this show. Advertising was so much more polite and gentle back then, unlike the loud, rude advertising of today.


Tom, the music was stock CBS music that could even be heard on Perry Mason!


Miss Manhayden LOL

Gary C

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