Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 1, Episode 23

Their Own Executioners (23 Apr. 1964)

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In Wickfield, Mass. (just outside Boston) a quiet clean-cut young man confesses to murdering his wife. A local attorney who is dying agrees to see the man and comes away feeling there is a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Rosetti
Lina Rosetti
Herschel Bernardi ...
Joe Monti
Frank Puglia ...
Charlie Grimes
Virginia Vincent ...
Carlotta 'Charlotte' Monti
Dan Barton ...
Freddie Sackheim
Pamela Curran ...
Grace Welch
Robert Fortier ...
Paul Welch
Alvin Piper
Danny Kulick ...
Billy Rosetti (as Daniel Kulick)
Dorothy Konrad ...
The Maid
Father Daley
Doctor Gregory


In Wickfield, Mass. (just outside Boston) a quiet clean-cut young man confesses to murdering his wife. A local attorney who is dying agrees to see the man and comes away feeling there is a more to the case than premeditated murder. He finds there are motives involving the man's "pure" mother and "tramp" wife. Helping this man brings peace to the dying attorney. Written by dubchi

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Appalling! ! ( * spoilers * )
14 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A dying attorney defends a young man (a family friend) who kicked his wife to death. He wants to prove that it wasn't premeditated (as stated in the confession), that rather it's what is euphemistically called "an act of passion." This is a thoroughly appalling screenplay. There's no justification for the attorney's faith (even though his instincts are proved to be correct). He was gentle with his son, therefore he couldn't be a coldblooded wife killer? This script is like something from the Dark Ages. He keeps encouraging the killer to not give up, "I can have the charge reduced, you'll do 2 or 3 years, don't you believe that somewhere out there is another girl for you?" Yes! Put this guy back on the streets, he can find a new love, maybe Herschel Bernardi's character can give the bride romantic! What a lucky girl she'll be! Just hope the Stockwell character's mommy issues don't resurface...and hope the woman never oversteps the line into what hubby considers to be trampish behavior...or is the script telling us that all women who are less than perfect mothers and who cheat on their psychopathic husbands deserve to die?

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