Murder, She Wrote: Season 3, Episode 20

The Cemetery Vote (5 Apr. 1987)

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The reform mayor dies in a so called "accident" and the mayor's father is murdered after he demands an investigation of it.



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Episode cast overview:
Linda Stevens
Joseph Campanella ...
George McDaniels
David Carroll
Sheriff Orville Yates
John McLiam ...
Harry Stevens
Captain Ernest Lenko
Cindy March
Kate Gunnerson
Deputy Wayne Beeler
Dick Balduzzi ...
Gil Stokes
Katherine De Hetre ...
Rita (as Katherine DeHetre)
Zale Kessler ...
Neal Penso ...
1st Paramedic


Jessica visits C., an Idaho town, to comfort Linda says her husband, mayor Jim Stevens, just died in a car accident, or did he? His hot-headed pa Harry Stevens is dead-set to prove his death was the work of the corrupt sheriff Orville Yates and his hard-handed deputy Wayne Beeler, who are in cahoots with Kate Gunnerson's illegal gambling. Shortly after they go trough Jim's effects Harry storms out after seeing a ciphered reference, but is killed and left by the road, plundered even to his boots. State police captain Ernest Lenko confirms his raids and corruption investigations always failed because legal procedure forces him to inform the sheriff's office. Jessica thinks trough everything, especially relating to Jim's effects, and after being run off the road while accepting a ride from councilman David Carroll, probably intentionally not killed, just badly bruised, Yates's respectable opponent in the spring mayoral election, sets a trap... Written by KGF Vissers

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5 April 1987 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the illegal electioneer practice of providing votes for candidates based upon the obituaries, public death roles or from cemeteries to bolster one candidate over the other. See more »

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Corruption, Murder in Comstock
2 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jessica Fletcher visits up with yet another friend in an interesting locale who happens to be at the center of a murder conspiracy. Her friend's husband, the mayor, died in an accident, but his father says it was murder, and Jessica believes him. The corrupt local sheriff (who was elected thanks to the "Cemetery Vote") is played perfectly by Ed Lauter, evoking just the kind of disdain from the audience the character calls for, and is a real highlight of the episode. The sheriff doesn't like the meddling senior citizens one bit, and the father is murdered and Jessica intimidated.

This is a pretty solid episode. It's a grab bag of the usual clichés of the series, but there's nothing too annoying, and bright spots like Lauter's performance and the twist at the ending being less predictable than usual make this episode worth watching.

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