The Coroner's Office and Homicide investigate the finding of dead body - Robert Magus - buried in the yard of a private home. Beyond the fact that the body was obviously buried, the initial... See full summary »

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Robert Wisden ...
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Viola McKnight
David Hurtubise ...
Bert McKnight (as Dave Hurtubise)
Bethoe Shirkoff ...
Mary
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Doreen Ramus ...
Alice
Brent Chapman ...
Bill Goldberg
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The Coroner's Office and Homicide investigate the finding of dead body - Robert Magus - buried in the yard of a private home. Beyond the fact that the body was obviously buried, the initial findings do not seem to indicate foul play. When a second body is found on site, the investigation points to the previous owner of the home, Viola McKnight, who ran a bordering house for pensioners there and where Magus was living when it is assumed he dies. An elderly woman, Viola, with her mentally challenged adult son Bert, has run a series of boarding houses catering to pensioners with mental issues. She currently is doing so at another site. In reality, Viola, has been taking charge of her tenants' finances, systematically poisoning and burying them, and then committing fraud by taking on that identity and collecting on their personal incomes such as pension checks. With each move, she has taken on that as an assumed name, her current alias being Elizabeth Grass. When the authorities catch up ... Written by Huggo

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17 November 1999 (Canada)  »

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Based upon the serial killer Dorothea Puente in 1980's Sacramento. Puente ran a boarding house for the elderly, alcoholics and the disabled. She fatally drugged tenants and buried them in her yard. She then continued to collect their social security. See more »

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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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Pavane in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50
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Composed by Gabriel Fauré
[Background music when Viola walks Alice to the house for the first time, and again at the end of the episode when Viola hangs up the "room for rent" sign]
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