Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Joshua Peabody Died Here... Possibly 

A cheap tycoon with many enemies is found dead on the construction site of his high-rise hotel.


Peter Crane


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
John Astin ... Harry Pierce
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Chuck Connors ... FBI Agt. Fred Keller
John Ericson ... Henderson Wheatley
Meg Foster ... Del Scott
Michael Sarrazin ... David Marsh
David Sheiner ... Arthur Griswold (as David S. Sheiner)
Ken Swofford ... Leo Kowalski
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt
Deborah White Deborah White ... Matty Marsh
Robin Bach Robin Bach ... Ellsworth Buffum
Robert Jayne ... Eric Marsh (as Bobby Jacoby)
Ed Morgan ... Austin Bailey
Roger Price Roger Price ... Eli Harris


Real estate agent Harry Pierce was trying to maintain progress on the high-rise hotel development of Henderson Wheatley from the protesters, when an old skeleton is found with a skull wound on the site. According to Amos, it was the body of Joshua Peabody (18th century). The investors are furious, but a judge grants an injunction to interrupt construction. Then on the spot where the skeleton was found, the body of developer Henderson Wheatley if found, shot through the heart. FBI Agent Fred Keller arrests the protest leader for having assumed a false identity after Vietnam. Jessica investigates all the cases. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This also was the first time the name Joshua Peabody, Cabot Cove's Revolutionary War hero, was first mentioned. See more »


When FBI Agent Fred Keller first places David Marsh under arrest, he states that he has been after after him for 17 years. But then seconds later Agent Keller states that the crimes Marsh is wanted for occurred 14 years ago. See more »


[first lines]
Leo Kowalski: I'm tellin' you, Pierce. If you don't move those people out of there, I will, with that bulldozer.
Harry Pierce: Kowalski, relax, will ya? I'll take care of it. I know these people.
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Rather indifferent to this episode
19 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been quite fond of 'Murder She Wrote'. It is a fun and relaxing watch that makes you think as you try to unwind in the evening. If one wants more complex, twisty mysteries with lots of tension and suspense 'Murder She Wrote' may not be for you, but if you want something light-hearted and entertaining but still provide good mysteries 'Murder She Wrote' fits the bill just fine.

While not a bad episode, "Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" has always left me indifferent. Will always love the Cabot Cove setting, the characters and sense of close knit community, but the story has never quite done it for me despite starting promisingly. After some refreshing fresh touches in the previous episode "Widow Weep for Me", "Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" is a return to standard territory.

The identity of the murderer becomes more obvious as the mystery goes on and the innocence of the main suspect (by means of formula, even with their past) is never in doubt and is even more obvious. "Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" is also rather too exposition-heavy, both off screen and when explaining how and why the murder was committed.

"Joshua Peabody Died Here...Possibly" has some intriguing moments and starts off promisingly, but there are parts where interest is lost and the Joshua Peabody plot could have been better resolved.

However, it is a good looking episode as to be expected. Nicely shot and attractive fashions that makes one nostalgic for the 80s period (even to those who weren't even alive yet). Cabot Cove once again is a great setting. The music has energy and has presence but also not making the mistake of over-scoring, while it is hard to forget or resist the theme tune.

Scripting here is light-hearted and amiable with the Cabot Cove regulars having great chemistry. The episode is notable for the debut of Seth Hazlitt, played with real curmudgeonly charm by William Windom. Again, love the Cabot Cove setting and characters, as well as the real sense of community.

As always, Angela Lansbury is terrific in one of her best remembered roles one of the roles that is most closely associated with me at any rate). Windom, Tom Bosley and John Astin (in the first of many appearances in Season 2) give very solid support, while Michael Sarrazin and Chuck Connors are good value.

In conclusion, enough good and large elements make this episode watchable, but it has always left me indifferent. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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