01-15-1939 Ghosts Can Kill

From the Album The Shadow Vol. 1
June 3, 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Radio Spirits
  • Duration: 29:32 minutes
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  • ASIN: B00546UPBY
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Ralph Gorman is Public Enemy Number 1. The toughest gangster alive. Seven times he's been brought to trial for murder; seven times he's walked a free man. Always he's been able to furnish an airtight alibi. But not this time. This time the verdict was guilty, and this time the penalty is death. Gorman, however, seems unconcerned. Moments before his execution he's calmly playing his harmonica, and on his way to the death house he insists that even after his date with the hot seat, his killing ways will continue. He's going to murder three pillars of society - the socialite Frank Collins, the millionaire philanthropist Oscar Borden, and, just for giggles, the Governor of the State, who refused to sign his pardon. And wouldn't you know it, not long after the electrocuted corpse of Ralph Gorman is laid to rest, certain members of hit hit-list do end up dead, murdered by a harmonica-playing killer who jast happens to be a dead-ringer for the dead killer. With the police helpless (as usual), it's up to the Shadow to see if he can unravel the mystery of "Ghosts Can Kill."

This episode, which was recorded in 1939, during the Bill Johnstone era of THE SHADOW, follows what came to be a fairly familiar storyline - the gangster who vows to wreak vengeance from the grave. It was first touched upon, and brilliantly, in the 1938 story "Silent Avenger" and later in the episodes "The Return of Carnation Charlie" and "Murder in the Death House", and perhaps it's not a coincidence that all of these are very good episodes, for they all take a somewhat different approach to a simple but compelling idea. This is probably the most straightforward take of the bunch, it still makes for compelling listening.
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