Murder, She Wrote: Season 5, Episode 5

Coal Miner's Slaughter (20 Nov. 1988)

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When a former student is arrested for murder, Jessica heads to West Virginia to bail her out. The unfriendly town hinders her investigation.

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Tyler Morgan
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Mountain mine owner Tyler Morgan has been cheating on his wife Nora for years. He runs the coal mine in an 'old-fashioned' way, making his son Reese Morgan wish he were dead. Recently graduated lawyer Molly Connors announces she'll sue him for the death of her father Joe in a mine explosion ten years ago, but is instantly jailed for trespassing at the mine's 'private' staff party. Mentor Jessica bails her former Cabot Cove pupil out before union rep Carlton Reid can and enjoys dinner with her granddad Eben Connors. Next night Tyler is shot in his nearby home, the murder weapon found in Molly's car. Sheriff Tate wades in other possible motives, Jessica finds out about those and Tyler's secret past, involving his kept girl Bridie Harmon, widow of teenager Travis's father Danny, who died in the same explosion. When Jessica goes search for evidence at Eben's place, the killer has knocked him. Written by KGF Vissers

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The title pertains to country singing legend Loretta Lynn, the Coal Miner's Daughter, who had a hit song, an autobiography and a movie (which won Sissy Spacek an Oscar for Best Actress) named after it. See more »

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16 April 2014 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The user WeatherViolet gave a satisfying description of the plot, even if I didn't agree with her/his star rating, so just in brief: A rich man in a small village is accused by a young woman of killing her father, as well as others, in a mining explosion, of a mine the rich man owned. Shortly after the rich man is found dead and the young woman is accused. Jessica Fletcher to the rescue.

As followers of this show would know, the show has highs and lows in quality. And this ranks as among the low ones. It is usual, that Jessica at the end tells of the one thing, that the revealed murderer said or did, that was the mistake. The problem here is, that as soon as that thing was originally said, I knew (and I am usually the slowest to catch these things) that this was it. So the rest of the show was just charade for me. Also the feel-good vibe that this show admittedly uses on purpose, was to much in the end. The happiness and glee among the main characters was just too much.

And the small plus side, that gives this show it's few stars, is that it avoided the forced love story and that it did to some degree, show the problems/quarrels between a rich owner, who's de facto boss of his village and his "employers".


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