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  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: September 27th, 1987
Written By: Arthur (David) Weingarten
Directed By: Seymour Robbie
Created By: Peter S. Fischer, William Levinson & Richard Link
Executive Producers: Peter S. Fischer
Producer: Robert F. O'Neill


When a prisoner is released from jail after serving 20 years, he returns to Cabot Cove to prove he was wrongly convicted.


The title is a quote from James William Emery Townsend, the notorious 19th century liar who said "When thieves fall out honest men get their dues. But when honest men fall out lawyers get their fees."

Victim(s): An unnamed businessman & Bill Hampton.

Killer: Coach Kevin Caudwell

Cause of death: Repeated blunt force trauma with a rock; gunshot to head (made to look like suicide).

Motive: To steal his bearer bonds and get rich; afraid Andrew Durbin's hassling would cause Bill to confess about the murder.


Andrew Durbin agrees with Bill Hampton to collect his car at 21:00, but, on the night of Bill's murder, Durbin's airtight alibi is that he was eating out from 20:00 to 23:00. No explanation is given as to why he didn't go back to the garage to collect it (the sheriff mentions the following morning that the keys are still in the garage office so he couldn't have collected it earlier).

When Jessica was talking to Amos about faking the suicide & bringing up that fatal gunshot was inflicted on the right temple & that Bill Hampton is left-handed, & that Elliott Durbin had no way of knowing about, to implicate him, but the sole problem is that Elliott wanted Bill alive to divulge who was driving that night, so why frame Elliott for it by implicating him for it when he wanted the name of the driver of the night in question ?


Regular Cast[]

Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher

Recurring Cast[]

Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper

Guest Stars[]

John Glover as Andrew Durbin

Michael Lembeck as Arnie Wakeman

Kenneth McMillan as Coach Kevin Cauldwell

Caitlyn O'Heaney as Tara Sillman

John Bennett Perry as Judge Perry Sillman

Dack Rambo as Bill Hampton

Shelley Smith as Alison Hampton

Mark Voland as Dan Pulling

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