A Killing Spring (TV Movie 2002) - Plot Summary Poster

(2002 TV Movie)


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  • Widowed Joanne Kilbourn is an ex-police officer, whose deceased husband Ian was the Ontario provincial Attorney General when he was murdered. His murder was eventually solved six years after the incident. After a stint as a criminology professor, Joanne now works as the criminal and justice expert for a local television news show, and as a college professor of journalism. Her private life is going well as she has just started dating Tom Keaton, her famous journalism school colleague who has just released his second popular non-fiction book stemming from an incident when two troubled youths terrorized him. Joanne's world is turned upside down when the School of Journalism's Dean, Reed Gallagher, is found dead in a seedy motel room with a pair of pantyhose tied around his neck. Initially, the death is thought to be accidental auto-erotic asphyxiation. But, the police, led by Detective Alex Emanuel, do eventually believe his death to be murder. Alex doesn't like that ex-police officer Joanne - emphasis on the ex - has insinuated herself in the investigation. There are several people on the suspect list. Reed was known to be cheating on his wife with several students and wives of faculty members, any of the people affected by his sexual indiscretions having a motive. In addition, Reed's death occurred just before the announcement of a prestigious award and job to a journalism student. In particular, two of those students - one known to be Reed's coed of the day, another who is hiding his past criminal record - also have motive. Joanne doesn't realize that she is putting her life in danger as she gets closer to the truth.

  • When Reed Gallagher, dean of Journalism at Lanholme College, is found dead of asphyxiation in an apparent attempt at autoerotic suffocation, Joanne Kilbourn is pulled into the murky world of kinky sex, academic competitiveness and ruthless ambition.

  • Fear, deceit, and violence run rampant at the School of Journalism where Joanne Kilbourn (Crewson) was once a professor. When the dean of the journalism faculty is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Joanne is unofficially enlisted to solve the crime. The promise of a prestigious internship, the revelation of journalistic corruption, and a threat against Joanne's professional life all play a part in unmasking one man's determination to advance himself at any cost.


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