Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. Mark helps a friend in deed, of course, so the death appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single fingerprint of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo, Halperin is the deputy police commissioner. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Did You Know?
The funeral home featured in the stock shot (at around 36 mins) is not California. It is the luxurious Ephrussi de Rothschild villa and gardens in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera. This location is notably featured in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again. See more
Browsing through different police files of suspected known criminals in an attempt to identify Caldwell's blackmailer, commissioner Halperin recognizes Artie Jessup by his file photo even though he never actually saw him before. Only Caldwell had met and seen him, in a bar. See more
[to Columbo about the corpse
Good-looking broad except for the, uh, marks around her neck.
References Strangers on a Train
Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played at funeral See more