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  1. "J.B. As in Jailbird"
  2. "A Little Night Work"
  3. "Mr. Penroy's Vacation"
  4. "Snow White, Blood Red"
  5. "Coal Miner's Slaughter"
  6. "Wearing of the Green"
  7. "The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel"
  8. "Prediction: Murder"
  9. "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue"
  10. "Weave A Tangled Web"
  11. "The Search for Peter Kerry"
  12. "Smooth Operators"
  13. "Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble"
  14. "From Russia With Blood"
  15. "Alma Murder"
  16. "Truck Stop"
  17. "The Sins of Castle Cove"
  18. "Trevor Hudson's Legacy"
  19. "Double Exposure"
  20. "Three Strikes, You're Out"
  21. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Part 1)"
  22. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Part 2)"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Six
Murder, She Wrote: Season Seven
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eight
Murder, She Wrote: Season Nine
Murder, She Wrote: Season Ten
Murder, She Wrote: Season Eleven
Murder, She Wrote: Season Twelve
Murder, She Wrote: TV Movies
The Law & Harry McGraw

Production Information[]

Production Number:
Aired: March 12th, 1989
Written By: Chris Manheim
Directed By: Anthony Pullen Shaw
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer & Anthony Magro
Producer Robert Van Scoyk


Jessica returns to her college town when a sorority sister, Emily Dyers (Dinah Shore), calls to tell her that one of their much-loved professors, Leon Walker (E.G. Marshall), has been arrested for the murder of a truly aggressive student, by name of Rhonda Sykes (Kate Vernon). Walker has confessed to the killing and her old classmate - and now District Attorney Paul Robbins (Ralph Waite) - feels he has no choice but to proceed. Jessica soon realizes that Walker's story just doesn't add up and that he is obviously protecting someone. When someone else confesses to the crime, Jessica realizes why Walker was prepared to take the blame but even that doesn't quite provide the solution to the crime.


The title is a parody of the Latin "alma mater" or translated "nourishing mother" which was traditionally used in ancient Rome to describe anyone of several mother goddesses (i.e. Ceres or Cybele). During the Medieval era, the Christian religion used it as a term for the Virgin Mary, the mother of baby Jesus. Today alumni use the term to describe the college or university they graduated from or the song or hymn associated with that school.

A.D.A. Paul Robbins would have known about the wine glasses once the police had found the glasses, I kind of doubt that Leon had put the glasses away before the police got there, because he was rinsing the glasses to get rid of the prints & knocked over the lamp & put the letter opener in Rhonda's hand before the the cops came in, if Leon had put the glasses away, he would have wiped his prints off the door handle before he knocked over the lamp & putting the letter opener in Rhonda's hand & was that shown. With Rhonda's head wound, she would have called for an ambulance not the D.A., plus, all Paul Robbins & Margaret had seen was the accident, all they did was see it happen. Yes, Margaret was in no position to drive, but I can't see how Paul would have been sober enough to drive to cause the accident. Think about it.

Victim: Rhonda Sykes

Killer: D.A. Paul Robbins

Cause of death: Bludgeoned with a candlestick

Motive: She was blackmailing him over his part in a vehicular homicide.


Regular Cast[]

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

  • Ralph Waite - DA Paul Robbins
  • Dinah Shore - Emily Dyers
  • E.G. Marshall - Leon Walker
  • Janice Rule - Margaret Stone
  • Jason Beghe - Steve Chambers
  • Dana Sparks - Karen Chambers
  • Felicia Lansbury - Sara Haines
  • Kate Vernon - Rhonda Sykes

DVD Release[]

Episode Chronology[]

Previous:- From Russia With Blood. Next:- Truck Stop

See Also[]

External Links[]

Alma Murder At the Internet Movie Database