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Delusion of Reprieve


A police investigator, Jewish by descent, tries to solve the murder mysteries around former German Secret Service members expatriated to the United States.



Air Dates

  • First Run - April 4, 1978
  • Repeat - September 3, 1978





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4 Responses to Episode 0810

A Jewish detective struggles to solve the murders of former German SS members living in the United States.

Mr. Reviere

All the people who ran the german concentration camps should have been brought to justice in the years following the war. Which in most cases would have involved the death penalty. In this story, Peter was a hero for cleaning up. Claiming that the people turning the valves for the gas chambers "weren't responsible" is absurd.

Steve Bergman

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. There are a lot of great detective stories that CBSRMT has done, such as #0395-MARRY FOR MURDER, #0530-PRIVATE STOCK, and #0631-BLOOD, THUNDER, AND A WOMAN IN GREEN. And this particular one, written by Percy Granger, is one of the best! Like pieces of a puzzle coming together and letting the unknown be known. Not only the protagonists on the investigation were great, but the shocking discovery at the 38:39 mark. The title sounds catchy, another way to title this would be “The Phantom Murderer” or “The Missing Link.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall gets straight down to it: a detective that reaches outs for the unknown. In ACT-1, story begins at a Police Station Locker Room, followed by rediscovering roots. In ACT-2, quoting lyrics from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” that relate to this detective’s case. In ACT-3, Circumstantial Evidence. But more importantly, after the finale, retributions and letting the past bury its dead. In his Epilogue, conversions of man turning into beast and vice versa, but also assume the responsibility for our own actions. Of the best episodes that E.G. Marshall has hosted. Sound effects of the lockers, doors, background noise at the police station, documents, envelope, rotary phone ringing, background noise the diner, telegram report, background noise at the airport, paper list, and footsteps were helpful. The music with its dramatic, yet pensive melodies were splendid. And of course, our cast: Paul Hecht (as Lieutenant Mike Bernstein), Norman Rose (as Captain Tony Nolan), Evie Juster (as Florence and Maria Heindrich), and Ian Martin (as Peter Fleming and the Major). These 4 stole the show together. With these actors, combined with an intriguing detective story, fans of CBSRMT will have a delightful time to listen. I highly recommend this one. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


I loved the episode

Willam Mosley

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