Cabot Cove financial adviser Henry Burning is scheduled to be cremated suspiciously quickly after dying on vacation in Fransdale with his wife and sole beneficiary Connie Vernon, who claims it was a heart-attack but is accused during the church service of killing him by his mistress Phyllis Walters; when the closed casket gets knocked over, it contains another man's corpse. Amos wants to solve this case himself, while Jessica has a manuscript deadline, and gets on great with the widow. Phyllis implores Jessica to find her lover's killer, claiming Henry was ready to leave Connie for her, and tells undertaker Silas Pike she's not romantically interested in him. Clients start asking their investment back from Henry's partner Ned Olson, who fails to find new takers and disapproves of his daughter Christy's relationship with idealist student Stew Bennett. Then Phyllis finds Henry's corpse in her place, but he dies two days after his 'funeral', Connie claims John Doe is a hitchhiker who ... Written by
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When the corpse is discovered to have been taken from the doctor's office Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) goes over to a closed window and claims that the suspect(s) took the body out that way. The next shot of her by the window shows the closed window to now be open. See more
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