A reprint of my review from June 17, 2014:
After saving the life of an antique dealer, patrolman Don Greenway and his wife, Ella, are given a strange and unnerving gift. A statue that grants its owner three wishes.
Three Times Dead was written especially for the Mystery Theater by Sam Dann, and starred William Redfield, Suzanne Grossman, Sam Gray, and Dan Ocko.
With this "Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it" themed yarn, writer Sam Dann rips out (or rips off) most of the pages from W.W. Jacobs' classic morality tale, The Monkey's Paw.
Dann's script used so many of the story beats from Jacobs' tale, I kept wondering, as I did when listening to This Will Kill You, why source credit hadn't been given to The Monkey's Paw. It clearly deserves it.
The one unique aspect to this episode is a really weird, and totally unexpected, plot twist (revealed in the episode's intro teaser) that, for a few minutes, at least, made it feel impossible to predict what would happen next, or where the story would go after having taken this strange turn.
It's unfortunate for the listener that Three Times Dead goes nowhere after it takes that strange turn.