"Murder, She Wrote" Murder Digs Deep (TV Episode 1985) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Jessica visits Dr. Seth Hazlitt at the New Mexico archaeological dig paid by Gideon Armstrong, led by Southwest University professor Dr. Stan Garfield, on the site of an Anasazi village, and perhaps Coronado's legendary city of gold, to which story TV celebrity Dr. Aubrey Benton holds the rights. Every evening an Indian ghost costume wearer sings on a cliff, till Armstrong's guards climb up scare him off, but on Jessica's second night Gideon's young wife Cynthia shoots at him and local Navajo Indian guide Raymond Two Crows -already found suspiciously uninformed about Pre-Columbian civilizations- falls to his death, although not hit by her bullet. After Jessica digs up a golden prayer stick, Seth finds Raymond actually died earlier of drowning. More gold is found, Gideon is determined to keep the news from spreading, according to his wife so he can buy the land first. Raymond's belongings inspire Jessica to unmasks several scammers.

  • Jessica travels to Arizona to join Seth Hazlett on an archaeological dig. Seth is something of an amateur archaeologist and Jessica is there to do research for her new book. Most of the people there are amateurs with the exception of Dr. Stan Garfield. The dig is financed by Gideon Armstrong who is there with his wife Cythia. Raymond Two Crows, a local guide, makes a point of objecting to the dig on Indian soil. As well, a shaman stages a dance on a cliff side every evening. When Raymond Two Crows is found dead at the bottom of the cliff, it seems that the identity of the shaman has been revealed. It just doesn't add up for Jessica however

  • An archaeological dig at the site of Coronado's City of Gold does not please everyone as a new corpse is dug up.


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