When four men receive letters predicting their deaths, Cheyenne is the only one who recognizes the danger they bring. Pretty Penelope Piper arrives on the stage and the deaths start - each with her involved but the men trust her.
Mysterious letters are received by leading citizens of the town of Calista from Omaha. Each letter indicates the recipient will die starting with the sheriff. Cheyenne is the only one who analyzes the meaning of the letters and takes them seriously. Who is sending them or why is a question for the four involved and the new deputy, Cheyenne. They decide to meet the stage from Omaha to see who arrives. Two men and the pretty Penelope Piper (Penny) arrive. One man says he is a peddler while the other is a gambler. Penny says she is a widow from Boston who has never been west. After she arrives, what's in the letters starts to come true starting with the sheriff! He is apparently shot by accident with his own gun by Penny who is holding it to look at the notches carved on it. A second man dies when his horse goes over a cliff with a second man and Penny involved. Cheyenne believes she is the cause but no one else believes him. When the third man apparently dies at the hand of the fourth ... Written by
The storyline lays it all out but Susan Seaforth does an outstanding job as Penelope Piper who is without doubt as bad as bad can be. Watching her bewitch her victims and seduce a town makes the episode rather memorable. The only one who remains cool is Cheyenne and he is a sort of Cassandra in this episode in that no one believes him when he says Penelope is a killer. After all, there were witnesses to the deaths and they were accidents, weren't they? Except for the last, Clay McConnell who is to hang for a crime he didn't commit. When Cheyenne tries to prove she wrote incriminating letters; it turns out she had someone else write them. By accident stumbles across the truth. The town has a photographer who has recorded every hanging, shooting, and murder. Cheyenne finds a photo of a hanging with all four of Penelope's victims in the photo. Then by staging a sort of tableau, Cheyenne has the story unwinds to an end that at least saves Clay. An episode to watch.
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