"Murder, She Wrote" Hit, Run and Homicide (TV Episode 1984) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Jessica isn't looking forward to tell Cabot Cove that her historical research for Founder's Day proves the captain was actually a pirate and fought on the British side, against Washington's troops. Businessman Charles Woodley lands in hospital after the surging of a car without driver which seemed to be pursuing local Ethan Cragg. Local inventor Daniel O'Brien, who devised a remote control system for cars before he was fired, denies having agreed to a meeting with his former employer Woodley, shortly after the car under remote control strikes again, killing Woodley's 50% Boston business partner, Dean Merrill. Daniel's heir, Tony Holiday, is back in town to present his bride, Leslie Andler Sheriff Amos Tupper happily 'allows' Jessica to 'observe for her next book', in fact doing the sleuthing with and without Amos, who arrests Daniel just for being most likely to have controlled the killer car....

  • Back home in Cabot Cove, Jessica is preparing to give a speech at the Founders Day picnic where she will reveal that one of the founders, Captain Joshua Wayne, was not only a pirate but fought for the British. A man runs through the park being chased by a car - that has no driver behind the wheel. The man being chased, Charles Woodley, says he's in Cabot Cove at the request of a former employee Daniel O'Brien who also happens to be a good friend of Jessica's. Daniel is an inventor with many patents to his name, including one for a remote controlled vehicle. He immediately becomes the prime suspect when Woodley's business partner is killed by the driver-less vehicle. It's up to Jessica to prove her friend innocent by identifying the killer.

  • Jessica and the police are baffled by a "driverless" car which suddenly appears in Cabot Cove.


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