Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Dead to Rights 

Jessica agrees to help clear a former research assistant of killing her new employer, despite the fact that the woman is a pathological liar.


(as Anthony Shaw)


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Episode cast overview:
... Jessica Fletcher
... Ethan Stevens
... Missy Stevens
... Dana Ballard
... Vincent Polaski (as Stephen T. Kay)
... Wanda Polaski
... Todd Merlin
... Lt. Gabriel Rodino
... Bruce Hastings
... Baker Lawrence
Lorry Goldman ... Saul Benson
Tom Henschel ... Terence Gideon
... Gloria Jergens
Ruth Anderson ... Helen McCurdy


Dana Ballard is a compulsive liar who will apparently say anything to get what she wants. When she applies for a job with stockbroker Ethan Stevens, she gives Jessica as a references and manipulates her answering machine to have Stevens call for her for the reference. Needless to say, Dana gives herself a very good one seeing as Jessica, who had caught her out in a lie, wouldn't likely do so. When Dana is arrested for murdering Stevens - she's found unconscious just a few feet from his body with the gun in her hand - apparently having been knocked out in a struggle. Jessica isn't sure what to make of it all but Dana's lawyer, Vincent Polasky, is convinced she is innocent. When it turns out that Stevens had been involved in insider trading, it makes the likelihood of someone else being responsible for the crime far more likely. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 March 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Final role and last filmed acting performance of Evelyn Keyes. See more »

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Cabot Cove Bridge Shot
19 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

In this episode (Dead To Rights), I believe the bridge shown as being in Cabot Cove is actually the Astoria Megler Bridge, (Astoria, Oregon to Long Beach, Washington) over the Columbia River. The 'bridge-shot' was taken from about 2 miles south-east of down-town Astoria looking north-west toward the bridge. The land seen above the bridge is actually the most south-west corner of Washington State at the mouth of the Columbia River. I also notice that ALL the coastal shots in ever episode of 'Murder She Wrote' are, in fact, west coast scenes. If you look closely, you can see by the shadows that the coastal scenes could not represent anything on the east coast! BUT we do enjoy every episode which we watch almost daily.

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