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Murder, She Wrote: Season Three


  1. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 1)"
  2. "Death Stalks the Big Top (Part 2)"
  3. "Unfinished Business"
  4. "One White Rose for Death"
  5. "Corned Beef & Carnage"
  6. "Dead Man's Gold"
  7. "Deadline for Murder"
  8. "Magnum on Ice (Part 2)"
  9. "Obituary for a Dead Anchor"
  10. "Stage Struck"
  11. "Night of the Headless Horseman"
  12. "The Corpse Flew First Class"
  13. "Crossed Up"
  14. "Murder in a Minor Key"
  15. "The Bottom Line Is Murder"
  16. "Death Takes a Dive"
  17. "Simon Says, Color Me Dead"
  18. "No Laughing Murder"
  19. "No Accounting for Murder"
  20. "The Cemetery Vote"
  21. "The Days Dwindle Down"
  22. "Murder, She Spoke"
Murder, She Wrote: Season Four
Murder, She Wrote: Season Five
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: September 28th, 1986
Teleplay by: Paul Savage

Story by: Peter S. Fischer

Directed By: Seymour Robbie
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levison & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


Jessica's niece, Carol Bannister, gets a letter from her grandfather who is believed to be dead , Jessica tracks down her brother in law to a circus where she gets involved in a series of accidents that lead to murder.


First two-part episode.

A pre-Friends Courtney Cox appears as Jessica's niece Carol.

Victim(s): Hank Sutter & Harry Kingman

Killer: Preston Bartholomew

Cause of death: Blunt force trauma from being struck with a baseball bat; strangulation.

Motive: Caught him cutting the chain of the circus elephant to sabotage it, on Kingman's orders; refused to pay him and threatened to go to the police after learning he'd murdered Sutter.


When Carl is putting on his clown makeup, a close-up shows most of his right cheek covered in clown white. In the next shot, his cheek is clean and he starts applying make-up to it again.


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Martin Balsam as Edgar Carmody

Jackie Cooper as Neil Fletcher

Alex Cord as Preston Bartholomew

Courtney Cox as Carol Bannister

Ronny Cox as Mayor Ansel Powers

Joey Cramer as Charlie McCallum

Laraine Day as Constance Fletcher

Greg Evigan as Brad Keneally

Florence Henderson as Maria Morgana

Gregg Henry as Sheriff Lynn Childs

Charles Napier as Hank Sutter

Lee Percell as Maylene Sutter

Mark Shera as Raymond Carmody

Pamela Susan Shoop as Katie McCallum

Barbara Stock as Danielle Morgana Carmody

Dennis Howard as Howard Bannister

Susan Brown as Audrey Bannister

Laraine Day as Constance Fletcher

Joe Dorsey as Harry Kingman

DVD Release[]

Episode Chronology[]

See Also[]

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