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The Garrison of the Dead


A hustler is hanged for killing a reporter who wrote about him. After death, he is offered a second chance at life where his cherished dream of being a writer might be granted. But does he want it anymore?



Air Dates

  • First Run - April 3, 1975
  • Repeat - July 5, 1975





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8 Responses to Episode 0250

In this episode Andrew was given a second chance by his guardian angel in another life after commenting murder in his first life. 37 years later Andrew messed up again on strategy and did not have a solid alibi. This episode comes in very clear. I gave this episode 5 stars.

Don Heiland,Jr.

This has such poor sound that it is not listenable.

Rhody Miranda

Two ‘friends’ are both writers of differing degrees of success. The more successful of the two not only has the talent and puts it to good creative use, but has the woman of both their dreams. The less successful author though is having an affair with the wife and the two plot a foolproof murder… This was quite a clever episode with a creative plot line. This episode deserves a 10 for creativity.

Almero B.

Ground Hog's Day for a murderer.


Or, "It's a Horrible Life." A murderer's guardian angel decides to give the fellow another chance to do good and lead a life that doesn't wind up with him in the electric chair. Heavily dependent on some seriously improbably coincidences, but still a fun listen.


The concept of us being in a "garrison of the dead" is quite plausible, philosophically speaking. The individual gets caught up in circles of influences that stifle their creativity, and makes us forget who we really are, as we try to be them.

Scott D

I thought of this as a nature vs. nurture type of tale. The main character was nurtured two different ways, but his nature was the same after both.


Funny that the previous episode was written by Sam Dann and actually featured a (mostly) strong, smart woman (she was whiny and a doormat and although a math teacher, kind of dim, but at least as the central protagonist she ended well through use of her wits), yet here is a more typical SD episode. It's a morality story where all the central actors are men. Four men in the cast and only one woman. She's there strictly to motivate, not to actually have any agency. She's among the things that are won when one man steals from another man. She's dishonorable in both segments. In the first she's more evil, in the second a standard SD shrew. "She may have all those letters after her name, but she's just a woman." Occasionally like in the last episode, Sam Dann writes a woman who isn't stupid, nasty, or both. But usually he writes this kind of character. I think I've only heard one story by is daughter so far, but I'd much rather listen to her work than his. (Also, the plotting is terrible. That's not how radio give-aways work now or ever did work. Guardian angels as petty bureaucrats -- come on!)


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