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The Aaron Burr Murder Case


In a re-enactment of a famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The actor portraying Hamilton is killed by when his partner's gun fires real bullets instead of blanks. The police investigate and soon find that all evidence point towards the real Aaron Burr as the perpetrator of the crime.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 28, 1974
  • Repeat - January 25, 1975





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7 Responses to Episode 0180

During the rehersal of a play where the principle actors are staging a duel, the character playing Aaron Burr drops dead. His stage partner, a vain well known actor, believes that the gentleman died as a tribute to his own fabulously brilliant performance. An investigation begins into the real cause of the shooting.


Very interesting episode. I liked the storyline. A nice "Twilight Zone" theme and twist. The ending left you wondering about the mud on the car and the actor. How much was he really acting in the end.


Although this was an okay episode, I couldn't stay focused on the story line at all and zoned out while listening to it. It just didn't hold my attention very well.


Guess Aaron Burr, sir, was not throwing away his shot.


Director Maximillian Parradine is making a motion picture on the location of the historical duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. After the shots are fired, the actor cast as Hamilton falls to the ground dead because Tony Bellows, portraying Burr, evidently did not fire the prop pistol, but a real one. Bellows swears his innocence and the policeman who finds the pistol believes him — inscribed on the weapon are the words “Aaron Burr.”


When I was a youngster, I used to listen to Mystery Theater in my bedroom on a clock radio. I had 2 twin beds in my room. My mother would come in, help me with my homework, then she would sprawl out on the other bed, and we would listen to the show. Today, as I type this, my mother lives with me. They turned her cable tv off, because she is going with another service. I do not watch television anymore. She is bored. I asked her if she wanted me to play Mystery Theater. She did. I chose Stephanie's Room. She is on her bed in her room, I am in my room, our doors are open, and she is listening with me; just like she did 40 years ago!!! The clock radio has upgraded to a computer.


This episode was good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It allows you to decide was the actor truly acting, or did Aaron Burr return for the reenactment? The director Parradine was a real hoot! You could just envision how he moved theatrically and with such dramatics! Truly enjoyed the ads and news, they are something to hear years later, brings back memories!


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