A psycho killer calls Magnum and gives him clues to the next victim.



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Episode cast overview:
Milton 'The Ripper' Collins
Jeff Spangler
Police Detective Spilner
Dick Jensen ...
Police Detective Kinohe
Warren Aki ...
Kana (as Farden Akui)
Carolyn Shofner ...
Laura Stiles
Ellen Maloney ...


A mysterious caller knowing painful details from Magnum's past warns the private investigator, through a riddle, that a prostitute will be murdered. Magnum reports the call to the police. The police dismiss it as nothing more than a prank until the body of a prostitute turns up in a location fitting the riddle. Magnum deciphers the next riddle, and he and the police stake out the location. The stakeout doesn't go as planned and the killer isn't captured. Despite this, it appears another murder has been prevented. Yet the anonymous caller claims otherwise. Returning to the scene, Magnum uncovers the body of another woman. He also discovers photos, including one he believes could be the next victim. The police don't believe his theory, however, and so it's up to Magnum to find the victim and the killer before it's too late. Written by Christopher D. <imdbreviews@gmail.com>

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29 October 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to the quote by founding father Benjamin Franklin: "The only things certain in life are death and taxes". See more »


Written by Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford (as Michael Rutherford) and Phil Collins
Performed by Genesis
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Thomas "Miami Vice" Magnum
30 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somewhat of an odd episode in that it is either a homage to a rival series, Miami Vice, or a comment indicating Magnum could just as easily be Sonny Crockett if he wanted to. The pacing, camera work, and music scoring are right out of Mann's handbook. The ending in particular as Magnum faces the killer while both are in shadow is pure Vice. As I said, it is a curious episode and the preceding episode and following one have no connection to this one. Magnum as a series always seemed to follow in the footsteps of The Rockford Files with Magnum as a genial ah shucks sort of detective. In this episode he really steps out of character as he channels his rivals.

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