Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Jessica is suspicious when the appearance of the ghost of a long-dead witch burned at the stake coincides with the release of a book on the very subject.


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Juliana Donald ... Irene Terhune (as Juli Donald)
Brad Dourif ... Dr. Warren Overman
Bill Maher ... Rick Rivers
Ron Masak ... Sheriff Mort Metzger
Roddy McDowall ... Gordon Fairchild
Russell Nype Russell Nype ... Rev. Henry Fordyce
Christopher Stone ... Adam Frobisher
Dee Wallace ... Mildred Terhune (as Dee Wallace Stone)
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
John J. York ... Jonas Holt
Will Nye ... Deputy Floyd
Bruce Gray ... R. L. Pierson
Patience Cleveland ... Harriet
Howard Schechter Howard Schechter ... Charlie


Doc Hazlitt witnesses a young woman in Salemite dress performing a witchcraft rite. Author Gordon Fairchild arrives to launch his book on local witch Patience Terhune at her burning's 300th anniversary. His media consultant is desperate to milk it and hires an impersonator to be Irene, the sister of librarian Mildred Terhune, who has returned after losing contact when she was nine. Irene is found under a barn that was burned down. An inheritance raises more questions. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

19 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Dee Wallace and Christopher Stone were married at the time of filming. See more »


Jessica ( Angela Lansbury ) states that you don't get jet lag when traveling west-to-east. This is untrue. Jet lag is present in both east-west and west-east travel and is worse for those traveling west to east. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Seth Hazlitt: [knocks on door] Come on, Agnes. I haven't got all day.
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Murder She Wrote Theme
Written by John Addison
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Witchy woman
13 January 2020 | by tadimaggioSee all my reviews

I almost always enjoy "Murder, She Wrote" (I must have seen each episode multiple times in syndication by now); but I REALLY wish that writers who want to tap New England's witch-trial past would get it through their heads: NO ONE WAS EVER JUDICIALLY BURNED AT THE STAKE IN NEW ENGLAND. Witches were hanged rather than burned in England and its colonies because, for complex historical reasons, witchcraft was defined as a crime against the state, not against the church, as it was elsewhere in Europe (even in England's neighbor, Scotland). Also, Maine (which was part of Massachusetts until 1820, long after witch trials had ceased) was VERY thinly populated in the 18th century; major trials of ANY kind were all but unheard of. The focal point for seventeenth-century witch trials in New England (prior to the notorious outbreak of 1692 at Salem Village) was Connecticut, particularly Hartford and Bridgeport.

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