Murder, She Wrote: Season 5, Episode 15

Alma Murder (12 Mar. 1989)

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Jessica is summoned to her old alma mater when one of her college professors confesses to a murder Jessica believes he didn't really commit.

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Steve Chambers
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Prof. Leon Walker
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Margaret Stone
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Karen Chambers
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Rhonda Sykes
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D.A. Paul Robbins
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Sergeant Trask (as Lee De Broux)
Owen Bush ...
Hank
Felicia Lansbury ...
Sara Haines
Kerry Michaels ...
Secretary
Robert Hackman ...
Policeman #1
David Wilson ...
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Jessica returns to her college town when a sorority sister calls to tell her that one of their much-loved professors, Leon Walker, has been arrested for the murder of a student. Walker has confessed to the killing and her old classmate - and now District Attorney Paul Robbins - feels he has no choice but to proceed. Jessica soon realizes that Walker's story just doesn't add up and that he is obviously protecting someone. When someone else confesses to the crime, Jessica realizes why Walker was prepared to take the blame but even that doesn't quite provide the solution to the crime. Written by garykmcd

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The title is a parody of the Latin "alma mater" or translated "nourishing mother" which was traditionally used in ancient Rome to describe anyone of several mother goddesses (i.e. Ceres or Cybele). During the Medieval era, the Christian religion used it as a term for the Virgin Mary, the mother of baby Jesus. Today alumni use the term to describe the college or university they graduated from or the song or hymn associated with that school. See more »

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K.O. at D.A.X. Yields S.O.S. to D.O.A.
23 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After shining for decades on radio, screen and television, the lovely and ever-pleasant Dinah Shore joins the ranks of Classic stars delivering her swan song (in acting) performance on "Murder, She Wrote."

Here, when Delta Alpha Chi Sorority House Mother Emily Dyers (Dinah Shore) notifies Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) that their fellow Harrison College Professor Leon Walker (E.G. Marshall) has been arrested, Jessica boards the first flight to Green Falls, New Hampshire, to investigate matters at hand at her "Alma Murder."

Reuiniting with classmate Margaret Stone (Janice Rule) and old flame D.A. Paul Robbins (Ralph Waite) proves bittersweet for Jessica, who, along with Emily and the others, wish that their meeting would have been under happier circumstances.

Advertising Writing Instructor Steve Chambers (Jason Beghe) and his jealous and standoffish wife, Karen Chambers (Dana Sparks) also rally around the inspirational Professor Leon Walker, as a series of secrets begins to unfold around Harrison College and Delta Alpha Chi Sorority.

Sara Haines (Felicia Lansbury) had lost her fiancé in the aftermath of an April Fool's Day dance on the night of a faculty meeting, in an accident which also injured the unpopular schemer Rhonda Sykes (Kate Vernon), which also now lead to a murder to which Leon adamantly confesses.

But when Steve Chambers also confesses to the same murder, along with a differing account of the incident in question, Jessica continues to search for clues to investigate additional possibilities.

What Jessica uncovers as clues begin to unfold is a plot of blackmail, as nearly everyone around Green Falls has secrets to hide with the exception of Emily


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