An aging but successful and wealthy crime fiction writer blames her nephew for the death of her niece. One night she invites her nephew up to the house to sign their wills and then gets to leave and return within a few minutes so she can set up her trap, which is locking him in a sound proof safe. Detective Columbo arrives and suspects the writer of murder but clues are few and far between. Written by
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Did You Know?
Ruth Gordon was (and still is) the oldest star ever to play the murderer in "Columbo", at age 81 at the time of filming. See more
When Abigail and Edmund are signing their wills, the lawyer Martin takes Edmund's from his hand and closes it. As the camera turns to a new angle it shows both wills open on the desk, and only then does Edmund close his will and hand it to Martin. See more
Just think, Lieutenant, if you'd had investigated my niece's death, none of this need have happened.
References Gone with the Wind
This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
First two lines played by Peter Falk on piano. See more