Charlie's Angels: Season 2, Episode 18

The Sandcastle Murders (1 Feb. 1978)

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The seaside community where Kris lives is menaced by a strangler who buries his victims in the sand. The investigating officer Lieutenant Francona is a longtime rival of Charlie Townsend. Bosley and the Angels are on the case.



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Episode cast overview:
Dave Christopher
Melissa Converse ...
Melissa Rossiter
John Crawford ...
Lt. Francona
Bibi Osterwald ...
Hunter von Leer ...
Betsy Harper (as Melody Thomas)
Steve Sandor ...
Ovie Gerson
Jason Evers ...
Larry Fallon
Sheila Smith ...
Girl on Beach


The seaside community where Kris lives is menaced by a strangler who buries his victims in the sand. The investigating officer Lieutenant Francona is a longtime rival of Charlie Townsend. Bosley and the Angels are on the case.

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When Melissa Rossiter arrives and enters the carousel room there is a shot of the carousel mirrors. Three mirrors are visible. As Rossiter enters the door, you see her reflection in the center mirror. In the left mirror you can see a blonde female crew member in a grey sweatshirt and black slacks. She turns her head to watch the actress enter. See more »


Lt. Francona: Then you had to be the last one to see her alive.
Kelly Garrett: Betsie's killer was the last person to see her alive.
Lt. Francona: If I want the cutes, honey, I'll turn on TV, ok?
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A Classic Episode In The Show
29 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Kris' friend becomes the next victim in a series of surf side murders,Sabrina,Kelly and Kris investigate in The Sandcastle Murders.

Betsy Harper, a girl who lives on the beach near Kris's house, approaches her in a panic. She hints that she has information about a crime, but refuses to elaborate and runs off. Despite Bosley's objections, Charlie agrees to Kris's request that they postpone a lucrative case and try to help Betsy. Kelly and Kris return to the beach, but find that Betsy has become the latest victim of a serial murderer known as the "sandcastle killer." They get harassed by Lt. Francona, Charlie's former partner on the force, who is extremely bitter over Charlie's success. Kris and Kelly talk with Melissa Rossiter, the president of the makeup company that employed Betsy, who sometimes gave her a place to stay. They are surprised to learn that Melissa is engaged to employee Larry Fallon, as a lifeguard had told Kelly that Fallon had recently been involved with Betsy. While working the hamburger stand, Bosley spots Gerson, a man who had upset Betsy by spying on her through binoculars. Kris and beach security guard Dave Christopher trail Gerson to the Santa Monica pier and look through his van. Sabrina gets a job at the cosmetics firm in order to get close to Larry, and finds that he is not a suspect in the murders. She learns that Melissa is married to Dave, who hopes to get a large piece of her company in the divorce settlement. Too bad that the a strangler is obsessed with blonde, blue- eyed women and Kris will be his next victim.Will Sabrina and Kelly stop this from happening?

This is definitely another classic episode from the show's history.Aside from having an exotic location - Kris' beach house,it provides an intriguing story about a murderer obsessed with blonde, blue-eyed women and a complicated story about greed.Also,we get to see the Angels humanized as they try to help somebody and ask Charlie to postpone solving a lucrative case.It provides depth to their character as human beings as well as detectives as it points to their willingness to help.And most of all,Lakso,the writer of the episode,is able to combine humor,suspense,fun and intrigue in this one unforgettable episode that many CA fans would surely remember after all these years.

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