In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)

The Pig Woman of Sparta 

A crabby and reclusive woman shoots and kills anyone who sets foot onto her property.


David Moessinger


James Lee Barrett (developer), Frank Dandridge (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie (credit only)
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins)
Alan Autry ... Sgt. V. L. 'Bubba' Skinner
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs
Lois Nettleton ... Joanne St. John
David Hart ... Officer Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Officer Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Cpl. Lonnie Jamison
Joe Don Baker ... Acting Chief Tom Dugan
Michael Horton ... Jody Ware
Shirley Stoler ... Adah Boone
Beth Spanier Beth Spanier ... Millie Barnett
Byron Cherry ... Charlie Hobbs
Jennifer Hale ... Missy
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers ... Dr. Frank Robb


When a young couple and their dog is enjoying a day out in the woods, they happen to come across Adah Boone better known as the 'Pig Woman', a local eccentric who lives with her beloved pigs and who seems to know information about everyone in Sparta. The couple and the dog runs off into the woods when she shoots a shotgun in the air to scare them off her land. When the young couple finds their dog again, it has found a human bone. The Sparta P.D. eventually finds dismembered skeletons on the land owned by a wealthy recluse named Simon Ware. Since Adah Boone also lives on the same property owned by him, Detective Virgil Tibbs and Acting Chief Tom Dugan must determine who is the one responsible for these bodies. Meanwhile, Officer Wilson Sweet and Officer Parker Williams compete with each other to see who can solve the case first. Written by mts77

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Release Date:

9 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Wilson Sweet and Parker Williams submit their competing reports on the case to Virgil and await his assessment, Sweet's nametag reads "WILLSON SWEET." See more »

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