Devlin is an Irishman. In his youth he was a terrorist but now he is a famous writer and, officially, a supporter of an American society proposing to help the victims of terrorism. Actually he is buying from Pauley weapons for the terrorists. Devlin kills him because he thinks he has been betrayed. Lt. Columbo is responsible for the inquiry and becomes friendly with Devlin, but it is very dangerous to be familiar with Lt. Columbo when you are a murderer. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia / corrected by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
This episode originally aired Feb 1978, and Make Me a Perfect Murder originally aired May 1978. See more
Devlin declares that he is "a boy from the backstreets of Belfast," but his accent is a Southern Irish one, quite unlike that of Belfast in Northern Ireland; and, when playing darts, he refers to a pub in "Londonderry." A genuine Irish Republican would never refer to the city by that name, and would call it plain "Derry." See more
The limerick is furtive and mean. You must keep her in close quarantine, Or she sneaks to the slums, And promptly becomes, Disorderly, drunk and obscene.
References San Francisco
Courtin' in the Kitchen
Traditional Irish Renaissance song (1450-1599)
Instrumental version heard at pub See more