The nude body of a Brazilian woman is found strangled in the woods, which suggests that a serial killer from nine years before has begun killing again.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Peter Eyre ...
Leonard Pike
Dorothea Pike
Frank Windsor ...
George Meakham
Anne Stallybrass ...
Emily Meakham
Liz Frances
Jeremy Clyde ...
Bill Mitchell
Kate Merrill
John Merrill (as Nick Farrell)
Tom Eilenberg ...
David Merrill
Anna Santarosa
Betty Romani ...
Carla Constanza (as Betti Romani)


Nine years ago, the village of Midsomer Worthy became the stalking ground of a serial killer who raped his female victims before strangling them with a striped neck tie. However, after the third victim, the killer stopped... In the present day, another young woman has been found in "Strangler's Wood", strangled with a striped neck tie. She, however, has not been raped... Has the psychopath started again, or is there a copycat killer on the loose? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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3 February 1999 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


John Nettles stated in an interview that this episode of Midsomer Murders was his favorite. See more »


When Leonard is told about Carla's murder he is shocked and tells the clerk not to show the newspaper to his mother. But, he had not seen the paper prior to talking to Barnaby. See more »


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Milkman: Morning, Mr. Pike.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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excellent Midsomer
27 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a woman's body is found strangled with a tie in Raven's Wood, it's reminiscent of a case from ten years ago, in "Midsomer Murders: Stranglers Wood," from the second season.

Barnaby calls on the investigator from ten years ago, George Meakam (Frank Windsor); he is not only no help but very negative on whether Barnaby will catch the strangler.

Since a Rolex watch was found near the body, Barnaby is able to trace it to John Merrill (Nicholas Farrell). Farrell is the Director of Marketing of a tobacco company, and the victim turns out to be the face of their "Carla" cigarette commercials.

It looks good for Merrill being the killer, but other suspects appear as Barnaby and Troy try to solve the Strangler's Wood case.

On the home front, Joyce is away caring for her mother, leaving Cully and Barnaby to fend for themselves. Though Barnaby intends to spend some time with Cully, the case keeps interfering.

Very good, intriguing script, with John Nettles, Phyllis Logan (as Mrs. Merrill) and the cast in top form.

Highly recommended.

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