The motive in the murder of a retired insurance salesman appears to be a series of policies he sold to Jews in Poland during the Holocaust.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Grimaldi
Philip Goodwin ...
Alan Bresler
Laura Esterman ...
Evelyn Walcoff
Ray Aranha ...
Jacqueline Antaramian ...
Donna Grimaldi
Felix Fibich ...
Mr. Radsenhauer
Henderson Forsythe ...
Hamilton Stewart


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the death of Peter Grimaldi, a retired insurance salesman who was found dead in the backseat of a taxicab. Grimaldi had been helped into the cab by a black man but the driver has little more information. The medical examiner confirms that the victim died as a result of a six inch stab wound and a gunshot wound. Grimaldi's son and daughter have no idea who might have wanted to harm him and they refer the police to Gail Bartlett, one of Grimaldi's friends. It leads them to learn that Grimaldi was having trouble with insurance claimants for policies he sold to Jews during the Second World War telling them their money would safe. He never paid out any claims however. They suspect Grimaldi's former employers may have been responsible for his death. Written by garykmcd

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1 December 1999 (USA)  »

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28 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

An old man who was a former insurance salesman from Italy is both stabbed and shot on the streets of midtown Manhattan. The crimes (they were separate incidents) were the least of what should have been done to the deceased.

From thinking this was a street robbery gone bad the thinking on this crime takes us back to World War II and before in Europe. Back then the deceased was an enterprising insurance salesman for an Italian firm who sold insurance policies Eastern Europe specifically to Jewish family. What insight this man had, foreseeing the coming holocaust selling to Jewish families knowing that the Nazis were going to make sure no one was around to collect. At least not for lack of trying.

The Hitchcockian McGuffin here is The Book, a hand written ledger of names and policy numbers that the deceased sold. Turns out that the Nazis still left survivors, but no proof. That book is the proof they need. It was what the man was killed for.

George Grizzard made an appearance as high price defense attorney Arthur Gold, attorney to Henderson Forsythe chairman of the board of the deceased's former company. Highlight of the episode is the testimony of Felix Fiebich, holocaust survivor. His words truly show how low some people can sink and I'm not talking about the Nazis.

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