Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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The Phantom Killer 

Jessica comes to the aid of a promising young reporter when he is suspected of murdering a rival magazine's unscrupulous publisher.

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Jessica Fletcher
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Kathryn Scofield
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Dave Wolski
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NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber (as Herbert Edelman)
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Ellen Harper
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Ben Forman
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Carter Drummond
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Hans Dietrich (as Reiner Schoene)
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Harrison M. Kane
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Dean Richards
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Abby Peters
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In New York, Jessica gets interviewed and followed by a sweet young profile-writer, Ben Forman; his agent Dean Richards is threatened in Jessica's presence by the bullying competing producer Harrison M. Kane, who tells his publisher Carter Drummond that he'll buy the magazine and tries to recruit Ben directly. Dean bitches to photographer Hans Dietrich and star model Kathryn Scofield, who is intimate with Hans. Ben follows Abby Peters after he overheard her being roughed up by Kane, who is then found dead from electrocution in the hotel bath. Shortly thereafter, NYPD Lt. Artie Gelber investigates and soon realizes that Kane made enemies constantly. Dean then calls Jessica, who is surprised Ben hasn't handed in a single page of work. She and the police catch him impersonating nonexistent agent Gary Manion, so he's charged with the murder and confesses, but Jessica can't believe he would leave such obvious evidence against his alter-ego and guesses correctly that he is only protecting ... Written by KGF Vissers

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24 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Charlie McCarthy
13 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Murder She Wrote finds both David Kriegel and Angela Lansbury sharing a common distrust for publisher Alan Thicke. Thicke is a real bottom feeding and ruthless scuzzball who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants in business or pleasure.

Kriegel is a bit of milquetoast, but he's created an alter ego, a Charlie McCarthy like device that enables him to cope with someone like Thicke in particular and the world in general. It's an agent who no one ever sees, but who gets on the phone and talks tough to whomever is threatening Kriegel's universe.

Of course it's Jessica Fletcher who discovers the other identity and helps detective Herb Edelman find the killer. There are no shortage of suspects.

Why Kriegel implicates the alter ego is the key to this mystery. And the episode hinges on the fine performance of Kriegel as the suspect and his Charlie McCarthy.


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