A young woman is murdered in the exact same manner to a notorious murder Chief Gillespie investigated 20 years ago and he is threatened as well.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Althea Tibbs
Joanne St. John
David Hart ...
Officer Parker Williams
Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ...
Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Marie Babineaux
Luke Potter
Tony Higgins ...
Andy White
Stuart Culpepper ...
Reed Nicholson
Ashley Josey ...
Jack Henry
Maceo Walker ...
Atticus Paul
Deborah Atkinson ...
Michelle Carpenter


It is 1968. A young woman, Billie Jo Bradley, is murdered and her heart cut out. Her husband, Bo Bradley, is later executed for the crime. Now it is 1988, and Sparta is preparing to celebrate its 150th centennial. Curiously, another young woman, Michelle Carpenter, is murdered and her heart removed. Newspaper editor Reed Nicholson, who was suspected in the earlier murder, comes under suspicion again. Chief Bill Gillespie is anonymously threatened, and Virgil Tibbs is attacked during the investigation. The case may connected to Marie Babineaux, the local voodoo queen. Written by richardann

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 December 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode, and the next one, In the Heat of the Night: Don't Look Back: Part 2 (1988), originally aired as a TV film called "In the Heat of the Night: The Case of the Voodoo Murders". The producers (and syndicators) of the series later edited the film into episodes of the show. See more »

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