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A Model Murderer


A travelling merchant seems like the perfect criminal as he escapes suspicion from both his wife and the judiciary as he pretends to be a charming photographer and rapes young models. But things go astray one day and he has to progress to murder. Has he crossed the line?



Air Dates

  • First Run - January 17, 1978
  • Repeat - June 13, 1978





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5 Responses to Episode 0766

This was an extremely adult oriented episode. Mystery Theater did an amazing job of showing how a playboy, who fed off defenseless models, was apprehended of rape. Very contemporary for 1978. A very good listen worthy of 4 stars.


A Model Murderer is not a particularly noteworthy outing by writer Ian Martin. Larry Haines is a favorite actor of mine who can also be heard on the older radio series X Minus One. He doesn’t seem to be able to shine in this odd story about a misogynist turned murderer. E.G. Marshall even plays apologist and optimist between acts of this dark tale, first trying to convince us that perhaps a murder victim is not dead (she is), and then telling us that cozy coincidences happen all the time (they don’t). Award for worst come-back goes to the main character who responds “How did you know?” after being accused of murder by the police. This Model gets a mere 1 star out of 5 – Juror #4


A strong minded wife is to blame for her husband raping and murdering models......very 1978...

Stong Minded Wife #2

Larry Haines portrays Lou Richmond, a slightly paunchy, middle-aged appliance salesman from Cleveland, finds his normal life is not his real passion. Richmond leads a double life on his business trips as a fashion photographer to meet women. But it's not photos he's after of the beautiful women he meets. His hobby: "I go for women. What's so bad?" His inner monologue tells the audience his sleazy reasons who he is. His wife Phoebe knows he's not just selling Whirlpool washer and dryers on those trips to NYC. Some good sound effects with the 70s-sounding lounge music in certain scenes. Some plot holes by today's standard but not a bad episode. *** out of five stars.


Larry Haines at his most evil. Disturbing but good story

Cindy Caldwell

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