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 ...
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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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 »


[first lines]
Milkman: Morning, Mr. Pike.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Not a Good Day for the Tobacco Industry
9 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful Brazilian woman is found dead, strangled just like three other women had been ten years previously. The questions, of course, are whether the killer had struck again, it was a copycat, or just a coincidence. This brings into play a whole group of possible suspects. Not obvious one is a guy named Merrill, whose Rolex was found at the scene. He is in a tense marriage with an advice columnist for a local newspaper. There are other culpable characters as well. A man who runs a lovely old hotel, whose mother is kept in a room as she suffers from cancer. There is a tobacco executive who works with Merrill, whose livelihood is profoundly affected by this murder. There is a man who has a drawer full of neckties (the murder weapon in the previous cases). Also, an inspector, a predecessor of Tom Barnaby, who can't let go of a case that was never solved. The pieces are neatly arranged with several other adjacent characters who are carrying on their lives. Once again, the writing is superb and the craftsmanship neat and tidy. There is also a fun subplot where Mrs. Barnaby visits her mother and Cully, the daughter, tries to please her father, dealing with the same tunnel vision that her long suffering mother must put up with.

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