Retro Radio Memories: Inner Sanctum – “The Amazing Death of Mrs. Putnam” (1941)

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.
Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

Welcome back friends to a new installment of Retro Radio Memories! With the Halloween celebration on the Retroist in full swing it’s time to focus on the spooky and strange for the next couple of weeks.

For your listening pleasure this afternoon we present the first episode of the legendary Inner Sanctum radio series entitled “The Amazing Death of Mrs. Putnam”. It originally was broadcast across the air waves on the National Broadcasting Company on January 7th, 1941. It’s a taut tale of mystery when the elderly Mrs. Putnam calls Police, claiming that someone is trying to murder her…but when Detectives Jeff Hanson and Ed Lamb arrive they find she passed away two hours before the phone call!

So join us for some Retro Radio Memories as we settle comfortably in the Inner Sanctum!


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