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Journey into Terror


Jane Stoddard marries a man and later discovers that her husband is the infamous serial killer known as The Boston Strangler. Forced to be the bait for the cops, she must cross the country when her life is in danger.



Air Dates

  • First Run - August 14, 1974
  • Repeat - October 13, 1974
  • Repeat - May 2, 1980





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19 Responses to Episode 0133

This is the episode about the young woman on her honeymoon, who thinks her husband is going to murder her. A woman named Iris makes her think so by telling her a long, complicated story and the girl believes her. As it turns out, her husband is with the police and trying to catch Iris, who is the real murderess. The husband turns out to be ok in the end. My question: why didn't his wife trust her own husband over the word of some stranger?


It seems that she would have been indignant when a stranger tells her that her husband is a murderer and you'd think she would want proof. I know I would want proof of such a thing. Also, the woman who was the real killer acted so creepy anyway, you'd think that the girl would have realized that something was wrong and she wouldn't have trusted her. I think it would have been a better ending if the husband AND his wife had both trapped the woman in the end and it would have turned out that the wife knew all along and had been in on the plot with her husband. It would have been a trick ending and it would have made more sense. I would have liked the story better that way. It could have been written so that the young wife acted like she believed her husband was a killer, but in the end we find out that she was working with him all along. So in that sense there could have been a story. Actually, if I were the husband, I would be really hurt that my wife thought I was a murderer and trusted the woman's story.


This story seemed alot like "Deadly Honeymoon" Episode 19 so I assumed the ending before there was any evidence for it. I suppose there's only so many ways to twist 1399 stories! lol


Amy, you have a point on working together. And why would the husband think its unsafe to confront the psycho in an open public place in the afternoon but prefer to do so in their home at sunset?


Jane Stoddard finds out her new husband is a serial killer a la the Boston Strangler. Now she is forced to criss cross the country serving as bait for the police.

Lashownda Wilkins

A woman marries a psychiatrist after only a 2 week whirlwind romance. Their honeymoon plans are changed to follow his work. At one stop, she is approached by a female detective claiming that her husband is actually a serial murderer and has a history of killing his wives for the insurance money, and other brides just for fun. She enlists the new bride’s support in gathering evidence (of which there appears already to be plenty) to capture and imprison him. Not too well written, lots of holes, poor character development.


I already knew the ending after hearing that the writer was George Lowthar. He's a great writer but his stories always have third act switcheroo. I agree with others that if you are taking the word of a stranger over that of your husband, maybe you ought to reflect on our reasons for getting married.


Fantastic episode with some new actors--much needed. George Lowthar wrote this episode and he did an amazing job. Sure, it may have been a bit predictable (I hate it when people comment on how predictable the ending was as if they've solved the Black Dahlia case), but you have to give credit to such adult themes and story lines. Rather progressive for 1974. 5 stars. This episode would be the perfect 1st listen.


I thought it seemed strange that the wife would believe a complete stranger with no evidence. She kept mentioning other officers but they never made an appearance. I don't remember her even mentioning identification. This must have been a very gullible woman.


Iris Patterson presented Jane with credentials identifying herself as a police detective. Later, Iris claimed the police car that was tailing Jane (under orders from Tom) was working with Iris. So Jane wasn't quite as gullible as some people think. And I'm with Davy Joe—Lynn Loring is way more believable as a newlywed than Mercedes McCambridge or Agnes Moorehead. Continuity error/goof: in the opening, E.G. Marshall refers to Jane Stoddard as "Jane Prentiss."


The couple who play husband and wife, Lynn Loring and Roy Thinnes were real life husband and wife at the time this was recorded. Roy Thinnes is most famous for playing alien hunter David Vincent of the 60s Quinn Martin series The Invaders.


If I was George Lowthar I'd ask to have my name removed from the writing credits as this is as bad as it gets !

Diggs Gavers Jr

I was expecting the final act twist simply because it stretched credibility that the husband could have committed so many crimes and not been hauled in already. And the ending is way too abrupt because you've got a marriage that has exposed itself as one without any trust whatsoever and there isn't any final scene between the two (maybe that's a metaphor for how the marriage of Thinnes and Loring was going downhill).


A policewoman interrupts Jane Stoddad’s whirlwind honeymoon to tell her that she is in danger and that her new husband, Tom, marries and kills women for the insurance policies he takes out on them. Iris Patterson, the detective, asks Jane to play along with Tom’s scheme so they can catch him in the act and get enough evidence to arrest him. Following instructions, Jane realizes (perhaps too late) that the situation is not as Iris claims it to be.


Another great episode for tonight's listening pleasure. Many thanks.


So this episode is quite good but *SPOILERS* So. Does the twist really make sense? After listening to this episode several times, I was under the impression that Iris and Stoddard were together at some point or something, but listening to this again, it’s not the case. How was Iris able to anticipate Stoddard’s moves? Also there’s this: In the first act, the audience is supposed to interpret Iris talking about the murder in Detroit (immediately after the news of it was just made public) as her having advance knowledge of it. Unless I’m wrong, that just doesn’t square with the twist. Like at all.

Jordan N.

Loved the commercials they add to the nostalgia. There are a lot of comments about how the wife was a nitwit for believing a stranger, but i have to disagree. Look at all the divorces over funding out you can't trust your spouse, all the serial killers who go years because no one suspects them and some are married. So to those who think they could write a better story, do it. Or better yet end up a person who finds out they don't really know everything. This was a good story and the acting was well done. Definitely one to listen to for the first time.


This was a near miss. But... Come. On! You know that when it's that clear for that long that he's the bad guy that the one thing you know is he's most definitely not the bad guy. It was okay, but so painfully obvious. Also, many holes. (We hear him lie about the hotel where his conference was. Why? To give one example.) I guess if wifey was so simple that she married a guy she knew of few days (who was a jerk), she'd be so dumb as to fall for the fake cop routine. But do you have to insult the audience that we would fall for that? Another that might have worked in a shorter format, but couldn't sustain over an hour.


Nice plot twist at the end, although the husband seems to have some bizarre beliefs about women following his orders to up and move on a whim without so much as a conversation. There’s a lot of red flags in his behavior.


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