This week’s podcast will present a character from radio whose primary job was not an investigator, but rather an attorney who helped put criminals away. But radio audiences were already listening to Perry Mason. Yet even in that series, the element of investigation was paramount. This week I will present a woman, Martha Ellis Bryant, who was by vocation an attorney, but by reluctant circumstance, an investigator solving crimes.
The series as heard over ABC did not have its genesis there. It actually began on the NBC radio network under the title of “The Defense Rests.” The star of the both series was Mercedes McCambridge who had a very distinctive voice in radio.