Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly 

A cheap tycoon with many enemies is found dead on the construction site of his high-rise hotel.


Peter Crane


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Astin ... Harry Pierce
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Chuck Connors ... FBI Agt. Fred Keller
John Ericson ... Henderson Wheatley
Meg Foster ... Del Scott
Michael Sarrazin ... David Marsh
David Sheiner ... Arthur Griswold (as David S. Sheiner)
Ken Swofford ... Leo Kowalski
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Deborah White ... Matty Marsh
Robin Bach ... Ellsworth Buffum
Robert Jayne ... Eric Marsh (as Bobby Jacoby)
Ed Morgan ... Austin Bailey
Roger Price Roger Price ... Eli Harris


Real estate agent Harry Pierce was trying to maintain progress on the high-rise hotel development of Henderson Wheatley from the protesters, when an old skeleton is found with a skull wound on the site. According to Amos, it was the body of Joshua Peabody (18th century). The investors are furious, but a judge grants an injunction to interrupt construction. Then on the spot where the skeleton was found, the body of developer Henderson Wheatley if found, shot through the heart. FBI Agent Fred Keller arrests the protest leader for having assumed a false identity after Vietnam. Jessica investigates all the cases. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was William Windom's debut as the curmudgeonly Dr. Seth Hazlitt. See more »


When FBI Agent Fred Keller first places David Marsh under arrest, he states that he has been after after him for 17 years. But then seconds later Agent Keller states that the crimes Marsh is wanted for occurred 14 years ago. See more »


[first lines]
Leo Kowalski: I'm tellin' you, Pierce. If you don't move those people out of there, I will, with that bulldozer.
Harry Pierce: Kowalski, relax, will ya? I'll take care of it. I know these people.
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Body of more recent vintage
13 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Excitement is buzzing when at the construction site of a beachfront resort hotel that a lot of the residents don't want, a skeleton is discovered. Could it be the body of long dead hero Joshua Peabody who led the patriots against the redcoats during the Revolution during the Battle of Cabot Cove.

With the help of Dr. Hazlitt, sheriff Amos Tupper finds the remains are of more recent vintage. Which makes it a homicide in his jurisdiction and a mystery for Jessica Fletcher. It gets real recent when an investor in the project is later found their shot to death. Now Tom Bosley has a real homicide and the suspect is protest leader Michael Sarrazin.

Complicating matters is Chuck Connors an FBI agent arriving in town who says Sarrazin is a 60s radical wanted by the Feds.

In the tradition of Murder She Wrote you know two things. The deceased always has many people looking to kill him and there's always a rush to judgment on someone that Angela Lansbury is always right in that the individual concerned is not the perpetrator.

This episode marks the first appearance of William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlitt, widower and confidante of Jessica Fletcher. On a personal note one of my favorite characters from all of television. Crusty, but oh so wise.

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