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A couple give the police information about a murder-suicide, while Ballard and Gharty go after a pair of suspects outside their jurisdiction.

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John Munch
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Frank Pembleton (credit only)
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Mike Kellerman
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Dr. Julianna Cox
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Al Giardello
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Tim Bayliss (credit only)
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Paul Falsone
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Mr. Cochran
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Georgia Rae Mahoney
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A couple give the police information about a murder-suicide, while Ballard and Gharty go after a pair of suspects outside their jurisdiction.

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This story line has an exact same story as the film MAGNOLIA released 1 year later: about a man who commits suicide by jumping off a building and accidentally getting shot as he falls to his death by a tenant in the building, who also turn out to be his parents who are trying to kill each other as he falls past their apt. window. The film and the show both ask: Is it suicide or is it murder. See more »

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Det. Meldrick Lewis: [to Georgia Rae] What happened is your brother put a gun to my head and got himself shot.
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References The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) See more »

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Not Correct
30 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The above comment is incorrect in 2 regards: 1)It wasn't odd for a Homicide story to be based on a real story,in fact the show was created from the book by David Simon about the year he spent with the Baltimore City Homicide Unit. The first couple of seasons came from the book. As an example the storyline about the woman killing off the family members for the insurance and they wouldn't report her because they thought she had voodoo powers,that is right out of the book and true. I added this to get my 10 lines but if you haven't and you like the show,read the book.

2)The story this episode was based on is NOT true, it was made up by Don Harper Mills for a meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences to illustrate a point. Here is the link to snopes.com http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/opus.asp


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