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Whether hero or villain, victor or victim, butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, everyone dies. An OTRCAT.com original compilation.

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"Dead Ernest"



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$49 Funeral

Whether this thought fills you with dread, joy, or ambivalence will depend on your background, age, culture, and even the way you are feeling on a particular day, but your feelings on the matter will not change it. Whether hero or villain, victor or victim, butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, everyone dies. Unless the dearly departed leaves this mortal plain by being buried in a mine accident, vaporized in a massive explosion, or lost at sea, there will be a body left behind that the living will have to contend with.

For decades, anthropologists have studied, analyzed, and debated the funeral practices of various cultures around the world, and perhaps their similarities tell us more than their differences. Most seem to believe that when death occurs, a person's being, soul, spirit, or life-essence leaves the body. There is enough reverence for the human body that corpses are not allowed to simply rot where they fall like an animal. Beyond the spiritual implications of dealing with dead bodies, there is a sanitation and public health issue. Corpses tend to smell and may carry disease as they decompose.

Gunsmoke

Dead bodies are usually kept in a morgue or mortuary until arrangements for a funeral can be made. One of the functions of morgue workers is the identification of the body. This is done for legal or forensic purposes, and in some cases, visual identification by two persons who knew the deceased is required. On The Adventures of Superman Clark Kent get called to the morgue to identify the man who might be the fellow Batman has been looking for because he has Superman's costume.

Proper identification also ensures that funeral ceremonies will be held for the right person. A character attending his own funeral is a popular and occasionally amusing plot device, Matt Dillon finds out that an old codger's coffin is filled with rocks on Gunsmoke's "Box o' Rocks" and Perry Mason uses a fake funeral to flush out his client's daughter. In "Death Rides with the Funeral" on Front Page Drama a German bandit arranges his own funeral to outsmart the Chinese authorities.

Funerals are a ceremony to allow the living to say goodbye to the dead and to welcome them to the afterlife. A bad guy in Hop Harrigan's "The Vanishing Men" story arc has found a way of making people disappear after he whistles a few bars from Chopin's Funeral dirge.

Taxidermy Hippo

Sergeant Preston on Challenge of the Yukon presents a touching description of an Indian funeral in the "Reverend Jim" episode. Can You Imagine That describes how the joyous occasion of a bonfire began as a "bone-fire", or funeral pyre, during the plagues in Europe. On CBS Mystery Theatre Rose Corbin has a leopard-skin coat which has been the cause of murder in "Roses are for Funerals".

On Yankee Yarns we hear about an eccentric New Englander named William Emerson Baker who brought a grizzly bear from Colorado which escaped and terrorized the area. The bear's body was found in the surf and Baker held a $50,000 funeral for Billy Bruin. One of the creepiest morgue tales ever is "Dead Ernest" on Suspense. Ernest Bower suffers from catalepsy which makes it appear as though he is dead during an attack. His identification is lost after an accident and he wakes up in the mortuary just as the embalmers are beginning their work.

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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 16 hours, 54 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 16 hours 54 minutes
      1. Behind Scenes 470000 16 F W Woolworth.mp3
      2. Broadway Is My Beat 501020 John Webster Murder Case.mp3
      3. Broadway Is My Beat 520119 Lynn Halstead Murder Case.mp3
      4. Calling All Detectives 481201 320 Killer Keeps Appt Death.mp3
      5. Calling All Detectives 490203 366 Morgue Setting Death.mp3
      6. Calling All Detectives 490527 447 Young Man Proves Detective.mp3
      7. Can You Imagine That 400000 First Car Of Funeral Train.mp3
      8. Can You Imagine That 400000 Funeral Fire.mp3
      9. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 750107 Murders In Rue Morgue.mp3
      10. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 750404 Roses Are For Funerals.mp3
      11. Challenge Of Yukon 440608 Reverend Jim.mp3
      12. Dark Fantasy 420515 Funeral Arrangements Completed.mp3
      13. Douglas Of World 530000 Murder Rap.mp3
      14. Eftb 440215 05 Man To Remember.mp3
      15. Escape 501126 Funeral Fires.mp3
      16. Five Minute Mysteries 000000 254 Tune Into Murder.mp3
      17. Five Minute Mysteries 40000x 196 Murder At Mountain Lodge.mp3
      18. Front Page Drama 410802 0432 Death Rides With Funeral.mp3
      19. Gunsmoke 560923 Box O Rocks.mp3
      20. Hearthstone Death Squad 511213 16 Marriage Annulment Murder.mp3
      21. Hermits Cave 000000 Nameless Day.mp3
      22. Hop Harrigan 470709 1243 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 3.mp3
      23. Hop Harrigan 470724 1254 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 14.mp3
      24. Hop Harrigan 470728 1256 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 16.mp3
      25. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 481018 Death Of Doll.mp3
      26. Iwcf 530812 69 Very Private Funeral.mp3
      27. Mystery House 450916 Complete With Quartet.mp3
      28. Nick Carter 441029 155 Funeral Wreath.mp3
      29. Night Beat 500508 014 Elevator Caper.mp3
      30. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440301 06 Victor Moore.mp3
      31. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440628 23 Lynn Bari.mp3
      32. Perry Mason 540507 2780 Barkley Intends Attend Funeral.mp3
      33. Perry Mason 540510 2781 Asks Lt Tragg For Help At Funeral.mp3
      34. Perry Mason 540714 2828 Perry At Funeral.mp3
      35. Philo Vance 500321 Jackpot Murder Case.mp3
      36. Rocky Jordan 481121 Man In Morgue.mp3
      37. Rocky Jordan 490619 Big Ditch.mp3
      38. Shorty Bell 480620 13 Movie Script.mp3
      39. Sound Of War 000000 V E Day Victory In Europe.mp3
      40. Strange Dr Weird 441212 Man Who Talked With Death.mp3
      41. Suspense 460808 Dead Ernest.mp3
      42. Taos 420112 0301 Nita Leopard Woman Pt 01.mp3
      43. Taos 480318 1704 Mystery Of Stolen Costume Pt 07.mp3
      44. Theater Five 650409 Its My Funeral.mp3
      45. Theater Five 650512 Around Corner From Nowhere.mp3
      46. Weird Circle 440102 Murders In Rue Morgue.mp3
      47. Yankee Yarns 470902 X Needham And Welsley.mp3
      48. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560221 Bennett Matter Ep02of05.mp3
      49. YTJD 560423 Lonely Hearts Matter Episodes 1 And 2.mp3
      50. YTJD 560529 Matter Of Reasonable Doubt Ep2.mp3
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    50 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 16 hours, 54 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 16 hours 54 minutes
      1. Behind Scenes 470000 16 F W Woolworth.mp3
      2. Broadway Is My Beat 501020 John Webster Murder Case.mp3
      3. Broadway Is My Beat 520119 Lynn Halstead Murder Case.mp3
      4. Calling All Detectives 481201 320 Killer Keeps Appt Death.mp3
      5. Calling All Detectives 490203 366 Morgue Setting Death.mp3
      6. Calling All Detectives 490527 447 Young Man Proves Detective.mp3
      7. Can You Imagine That 400000 First Car Of Funeral Train.mp3
      8. Can You Imagine That 400000 Funeral Fire.mp3
      9. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 750107 Murders In Rue Morgue.mp3
      10. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 750404 Roses Are For Funerals.mp3
      11. Challenge Of Yukon 440608 Reverend Jim.mp3
      12. Dark Fantasy 420515 Funeral Arrangements Completed.mp3
      13. Douglas Of World 530000 Murder Rap.mp3
      14. Eftb 440215 05 Man To Remember.mp3
      15. Escape 501126 Funeral Fires.mp3
      16. Five Minute Mysteries 000000 254 Tune Into Murder.mp3
      17. Five Minute Mysteries 40000x 196 Murder At Mountain Lodge.mp3
      18. Front Page Drama 410802 0432 Death Rides With Funeral.mp3
      19. Gunsmoke 560923 Box O Rocks.mp3
      20. Hearthstone Death Squad 511213 16 Marriage Annulment Murder.mp3
      21. Hermits Cave 000000 Nameless Day.mp3
      22. Hop Harrigan 470709 1243 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 3.mp3
      23. Hop Harrigan 470724 1254 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 14.mp3
      24. Hop Harrigan 470728 1256 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 16.mp3
      25. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 481018 Death Of Doll.mp3
      26. Iwcf 530812 69 Very Private Funeral.mp3
      27. Mystery House 450916 Complete With Quartet.mp3
      28. Nick Carter 441029 155 Funeral Wreath.mp3
      29. Night Beat 500508 014 Elevator Caper.mp3
      30. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440301 06 Victor Moore.mp3
      31. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440628 23 Lynn Bari.mp3
      32. Perry Mason 540507 2780 Barkley Intends Attend Funeral.mp3
      33. Perry Mason 540510 2781 Asks Lt Tragg For Help At Funeral.mp3
      34. Perry Mason 540714 2828 Perry At Funeral.mp3
      35. Philo Vance 500321 Jackpot Murder Case.mp3
      36. Rocky Jordan 481121 Man In Morgue.mp3
      37. Rocky Jordan 490619 Big Ditch.mp3
      38. Shorty Bell 480620 13 Movie Script.mp3
      39. Sound Of War 000000 V E Day Victory In Europe.mp3
      40. Strange Dr Weird 441212 Man Who Talked With Death.mp3
      41. Suspense 460808 Dead Ernest.mp3
      42. Taos 420112 0301 Nita Leopard Woman Pt 01.mp3
      43. Taos 480318 1704 Mystery Of Stolen Costume Pt 07.mp3
      44. Theater Five 650409 Its My Funeral.mp3
      45. Theater Five 650512 Around Corner From Nowhere.mp3
      46. Weird Circle 440102 Murders In Rue Morgue.mp3
      47. Yankee Yarns 470902 X Needham And Welsley.mp3
      48. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560221 Bennett Matter Ep02of05.mp3
      49. YTJD 560423 Lonely Hearts Matter Episodes 1 And 2.mp3
      50. YTJD 560529 Matter Of Reasonable Doubt Ep2.mp3
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    50 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 16 hours, 54 min

    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A001

    1. Five Minute Mysteries 40000x 196 Murder At Mountain Lodge
    2. Five Minute Mysteries 000000 254 Tune Into Murder
    3. Hermits Cave 000000 Nameless Day
    4. Sound Of War 000000 V E Day Victory In Europe

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A002

    1. Can You Imagine That 400000 First Car Of Funeral Train
    2. Can You Imagine That 400000 Funeral Fire
    3. Front Page Drama 410802 0432 Death Rides With Funeral
    4. Taos 420112 0301 Nita Leopard Woman Pt 01

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A003

    1. Dark Fantasy 420515 Funeral Arrangements Completed
    2. Weird Circle 440102 Murders In Rue Morgue

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A004

    1. Eftb 440215 05 Man To Remember
    2. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440301 06 Victor Moore

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A005

    1. Challenge Of Yukon 440608 Reverend Jim
    2. Orson Welles Radio Almanac 440628 23 Lynn Bari

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A006

    1. Nick Carter 441029 155 Funeral Wreath
    2. Strange Dr Weird 441212 Man Who Talked With Death

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A007

    1. Mystery House 450916 Complete With Quartet
    2. Suspense 460808 Dead Ernest
    3. Behind Scenes 470000 16 F W Woolworth

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A008

    1. Hop Harrigan 470709 1243 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 3
    2. Hop Harrigan 470724 1254 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 14
    3. Hop Harrigan 470728 1256 Mystery Of Vanishing Men 16
    4. Yankee Yarns 470902 X Needham And Welsley
    5. Taos 480318 1704 Mystery Of Stolen Costume Pt 07

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A009

    1. Shorty Bell 480620 13 Movie Script
    2. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 481018 Death Of Doll
    3. Rocky Jordan 481121 Man In Morgue
    4. Calling All Detectives 481201 320 Killer Keeps Appt Death

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A010

    1. Calling All Detectives 490203 366 Morgue Setting Death
    2. Calling All Detectives 490527 447 Young Man Proves Detective
    3. Rocky Jordan 490619 Big Ditch
    4. Philo Vance 500321 Jackpot Murder Case

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A011

    1. Night Beat 500508 014 Elevator Caper
    2. Broadway Is My Beat 501020 John Webster Murder Case

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A012

    1. Escape 501126 Funeral Fires
    2. Hearthstone Death Squad 511213 16 Marriage Annulment Murder

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A013

    1. Broadway Is My Beat 520119 Lynn Halstead Murder Case
    2. Douglas Of World 530000 Murder Rap

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A014

    1. Iwcf 530812 69 Very Private Funeral
    2. Perry Mason 540507 2780 Barkley Intends Attend Funeral
    3. Perry Mason 540510 2781 Asks Lt Tragg For Help At Funeral
    4. Perry Mason 540714 2828 Perry At Funeral

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A015

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560221 Bennett Matter Ep02of05
    2. YTJD 560423 Lonely Hearts Matter Episodes 1 And 2
    3. YTJD 560529 Matter Of Reasonable Doubt Ep2

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A016

    1. Gunsmoke 560923 Box O Rocks
    2. Theater Five 650409 Its My Funeral
    3. Theater Five 650512 Around Corner From Nowhere

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A017

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 750107 Murders In Rue Morgue

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    Taxidermy and Morgues Disc A018

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 750404 Roses Are For Funerals

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