CBS Radio Mystery Theatre — You’re Better Off Guilty ~ Act 3: Scenes 4~6
In a follow up visit from Miss Evans, the victim’s manager, the Inspector gets his ‘smoking gun’ — that is to say, he gets all the evidence he needs to arrest and charge a suspect. He didn’t expect it to turn out this way, but now he’s got both a confession and the murder weapon.
Sure that Ralph had killed Jill Jorras, he’d called him in for more questioning. In fact, Ralph should be arriving any minute now. The Inspector wanted to grill him with questions until he slipped up, made that fatal mistake that would give himself away.
Then an unexpected visit from Miss Evans forces him to toss his old theory aside as she not only confesses, but also produces the murder weapon. Apparently, the Inspector had been ‘barking up the wrong tree’.
But why confess? She wasn’t even a “person of interest”. The inspector saw her as a witness, not a suspect. If she’d just kept her mouth shut, she probably wouldn’t have gotten caught. Listen and find out why she tells all. She has a couple of reasons.
Dropped like a hot potato!
Being taken off the suspect list must have been a relief, but it has some serious negative side effects for Ralph, too. After all, his sudden notoriety had given him respect and an air of fascination that attracted women, clients, and the public in general. Now it is suddenly gone. Listen to find out how people treat him, who abandons him, and who sticks by his side.
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Well, Ralph’s power and influence disappeared in a flash, didn’t it? Now he’s just Ralph, the guy down in the research room His work makes the other brokers look good, but he’s not in the lime-light anymore. If you were Ralph, how would you feel at this point? Please share your comments below. I would love to hear from you. And if you enjoyed this story, please let me know that, too.