Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001)

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A retiring detective Harry Trumble (Jack Klugman) continues to pursue a murderer known as "The Clown Killer", and will lie, cheat and kill to do it.


Christopher Hibler


Joyce Burditt (creator), Lee Goldberg | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Charlie Schlatter ... Dr. Jesse Travis
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Jim O'Heir ... Howard Weber
Dianne Kay ... Anne Weber
Martin Kove ... Captain Walter Newman
Jack Klugman ... LAPD Det. Harry Trumble
Michael E. Bauer ... George
Larry Carroll ... Newscaster
Stephanie Kissner Stephanie Kissner ... Reporter
Lee Newman Lee Newman ... Detective
Ron Recasner Ron Recasner ... Sid
Fred Saldone Fred Saldone ... Police Officer


Sally Jenkins is found in a dumpster, strangled. Steve suspects her violence-prone ex Ed. LAPD detective Harry Trumble, whose retirement closes down after 15 years the task force which never caught the Clown Killer whose elaborate MO included painting a clown's face on the victim, claims it's his work, only he got interrupted. When Steve discards that, Harry falsifies a claim letter from the murderer and authenticates it on TV, causing a panic and high-profile resurrection of the task force, under Harry, who gets a call from the murderer, who already killed again. Now Harry shows Mark his theory the killer never stopped but worked in various oil-producing countries, painting clown-type faces according to local traditions, but Steve nails Sally Jenkins's killer, which compromises Harry's theory, yet captain Walter Newman won't even take him off the task force. Despite Harry resenting his only fiancée marrying Mark instead, they follow up on the travel theory. Oil company executive ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Final appearance of Martin Kove as Captain Newman. See more »


Detective Steve Sloan: Get me some bacon and eggs will you Jess
Dr. Jesse Travis: You can get them yourself!
Detective Steve Sloan: Yeah, I can gouge your eyes out with my spoon too!
Dr. Jesse Travis: Hey, well a bright good morning to you too!
[Jesse leaves]
Detective Steve Sloan: [to Mark] This surly in the morning routine works great, you can't believe what I can get people to do for me!
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21 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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