Universal Studio bosses invite Jessica to plan a movie adaptation of her recent novel Messengers at Midnight, to be adapted for the screen by John Cavershaw. Producer Darryl Heyward accepts her objections to mutilating a true story, dumps John, actress mistress Monica Chase and most of the production team. Then he's clobbered to death in the Hitchcock Psycho house, where Jessica noticed someone hiding earlier after Willy Montego showed her around speculating general belief can make something evil. Jessica works out potentially motivating Hollywood interests. She finds weird fan Oliver Thissle, who claims he hid on the murder night in the Bates house and snoops there to set a trap. Written by
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In "Incident in Lot 7", the novel of Jessica's being made into a movie is called "Messengers of Midnight". Jessica says that it's based on a true story, a car going over a cliff is mentioned, and a particular character is named as the killer. All of this means that the "true story" Jessica wrote into the novel was her investigation in Murder, She Wrote: The Committee
(1991), written by J. Michael Straczynski
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When Jessica looks out of the Bates house's kitchen window she sees the motel below. The kitchen is at the back of the house and faces away from the motel. See more