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Murder, She Wrote: Season One
Murder, She Wrote: Season Two
Murder, She Wrote: Season Three
Murder, She Wrote: Season Four


  1. "A Fashionable Way to Die"
  2. "When Thieves Fall Out"
  3. "Witness for the Defense"
  4. "Old Habits Die Hard"
  5. "The Way to Dusty Death"
  6. "It Runs in the Family"
  7. "If It's Thursday, It Must Be Beverly"
  8. "Steal Me a Story"
  9. "Trouble in Eden"
  10. "Indian Giver"
  11. "Doom With a View"
  12. "Who Threw the Barbitals
    in Mrs. Fletcher's Chowder?
  13. "Harbinger of Death"
  14. "Curse of the Daanav"
  15. "Mourning Among the Wisterias"
  16. "Murder Through the Looking Glass"
  17. "A Very Good Year for Murder"
  18. "Benedict Arnold Slipped Here"
  19. "Just Another Fish Story"
  20. "Showdown in Saskatchewan"
  21. "Deadpan"
  22. "The Body Politic"
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: October 25th, 1987
Written By: Philip Gerson
Directed By: Nick Havinga
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


A tyrant's demise puts Jessica on the trail of several of his betrayed executives.


The last acting role of Cornel Wilde.

Victim: Duncan Barnett

Killer: Kate Dutton

Cause of death: Electrocution via TV in his hot tub.

Motive: He refused to retire and name her husband, Tom Dutton, as his replacement.


Mrs McCormack threatens Jessica with a lawsuit for libel due to something Jessica said. However, libel is for the written word; slander is for the spoken word.

Spruce Osbourne states to Jessica that insider trading isn't illegal...but it is


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Guest Stars[]

Joanna Barnes as Lydia Barnett

Richard Beymer as Morgan McCormack

Lynn Carlin as Nicole

Nancy Dussault as Kate Dutton

Jenilee Harrison as Serena

Richard Jaeckel as Dr. Leon Chatsworth

Andrea Marcovicci as Anne Hathaway

Sandy McPeak as Spruce Osborne

Joanna Pettet as Virginia McCormack

Lawrence Pressman as Tom Dutton

Ray Walston as Q. L. Frubson

Cornel Wilde as Duncan Barnett

DVD Release[]

Episode Chronology[]

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