(Old Radio Show)
Out of the Past
again the Keeper of the Book has opened the ponderous door to the
secret vault wherein is kept The Great Sealed Book, in which is
recorded all the secrets and mysteries of mankind through the ages.
This time he has found the strange tale of dying man, told on his
deathbed. It’s a story of madness and horror, and it begins at 5
O’clock on the afternoon. Helen Morgan has just received the afternoon
mail, and is about to open it when her husband, Gerald, arrives home.
He is a successful actor, but he does not have as much money as his
wealthy wife, and is determined that they should live on his earning;
so he is a little worried when he opens the bill for their hotel suite
and realizes that they are living out of their means.
does not share her husband’s concerns, they have over $500,000 in their
joint account, and she reminds him of this fact, but soon has other
things to worry about when she opens the letter she has just received.
‘A friend from England’ is demanding $25,000 and threatening to ‘take
action’ if they do not receive it by 2 O’clock the following day.
has a secret past, and the writer of the letter is obviously aware of
this, so, fearing that she could lose Gerald if the truth were to come
out, she pays up.
Helen’s money only buys her a little time.
Soon the blackmailer wants $50,000, and she has to pay again. Then, a
week later, he wants every penny she has got, and the added pressure
causes Helen to have a mental breakdown; so, one way or another, her
life with Gerald is over. It’s all very sad, but the real tragedy of
the matter only becomes apparent when the identity of her blackmailer
The Keeper of The Great Book might consider this to
be ‘a story of madness and horror’ but I think it is probably better
described as a crime story. If you want to hear it for yourself, and
formulate your own opinions, just allow your cursor to mosey on down to
the play button below, and give your mouse a couple of taps.
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