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Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man is the third Murder, She Wrote TV movie. It aired on May 2, 2001.


Whilst attending a lecture in Culpepper, Virginia by Dr Cassandra Hawkins, Jessica learns that one of Cassandra's ancestors was a slave accused of murdering a white plantation owner on his wedding night, and the slave was owned by a woman named Sarah McCullough, an ancestor of Jessica. Cassandra is not convinced of her ancestor's guilt, and Jessica, after revealing her connection to Sarah McCullough, agrees to help Cassandra attempt to crack the mystery.  During their investigation, the film goes back to the time of the murder several times, and shows that Sarah was a pretty good detective herself.



Special Guest Star[]

  • Phylicia Rashad as Cassandra Hawkins

Guest Starring[]

  • Michael Jace as Samuel Pinckney
  • Taraji P. Henson as Bess Pinckney
  • David Ogden Stiers as Stanford Thornton
  • Madison Mason as Charles Hobbs
  • Tim Abell as Jeb Bucknell
  • Elizabeth Lackey as Mary Hobbs-Mercer
  • Mac Davis as Sheriff Underwood
  • Beth Grant as Louisa Ashland
  • Tim Dekay as Robert Mercer
  • Walton Goggins as Billy Weber
  • John Hostetter as Cornelius Ashland
  • Keith Jefferson as Jeremiah Jessup
  • Lee Garlington as Laura Lee Custis
  • Gloria Stuart as Liza Hoops
  • Jeremiah Birkett as Jim
  • Peter Sherayko as Morgan Spencer
  • Norman Marshak as Angry Mob Guy
  • Trae Ireland (uncredited)

Case Summary[]

  • Victim: Robert Mercer, Samuel Pinckney
  • Cause of death: Gunshot
  • Killers: Charles Hobbs (Robert), Jed Mcnell (Samuel)
  • Motive: Robert was helping set slaves free with the underground railroad and Charles didn't want him setting them free: Samuel tried to escape with Bess and Jeremiah but Jed spotted him.

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