Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Murder Through the Looking Glass 

While in Conneticut for a convention, Jessica hears the dying confession of a hit man and uncovers a mysterious safe house housing an important foreign dignitary.


Seymour Robbie


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
Cliff De Young ... Father Patrick Francis (as Cliff DeYoung)
Laurence Luckinbill ... Sgt. Cooper
Robert Reed ... Jackson
Mark Shera ... Van Buran
Dan Shor ... Pierce
Gregory Sierra ... Sanchez
Karen Valentine ... Ellen Cosgrove
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Delgado
Tom Reese ... Hitman
Lynn Philip Seibel Lynn Philip Seibel ... Dinner Chairman (as Lynn Seibel)
Wayne Heffley ... Guard
Kirk Scott Kirk Scott ... Adams
Brian Carpenter ... Desk Clerk
Rosemary Alexander ... Policewoman


Moments after leaving a hotel where she gave a speech to a booksellers convention, Jessica Fletcher witnesses a car accident. The driver has suffered a heart attack and asks Jessica to find him a priest. He also, in his dying breath, tells her that he had just killed a man by the name of Carl Cosgrove. She reports what he said to the police but Sgt. Cooper doubts her story, especially after checking and learning that Cosgrove is alive and well living in his gated property. When Cosgrove's body is found, however, it looks like Jessica may have been right. The only thing is that Coscrove isn't Cosgrove and Jessica finds herself in the middle of a government security operation. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 February 1988 (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?


Jessica's maiden name is revealed as MacGill, making her full name Jessica Beatrice MacGill Fletcher. See more »


When Jackson is arguing with Van Buran as Mrs. Fletcher says she wants to write a book about the situation. See more »

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Absolution from Jessica Fletcher
3 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This may not be one of the best of Murder She Wrote stories. But it was certainly one of the most original and inventive.

JB Fletcher is leaving a banquet and she runs right into a man having a heart attack which caused him to crash his car. Like Jimmy Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much, Angela Lansbury gets to hear the dying driver ask for a priest and then confess to murdering someone and saying he was a professional killer. Sure enough Father Cliff DeYoung arrives and wants to know what the dying man said.

Reporting all this to Sergeant Laurence Luckinbill of the Hartford, Connecticut PD, the two then find out that the deceased who was allegedly dead is very much alive and living in a stately mansion where Lansbury and Luckinbill arrive. Such various and sundry folks as the widow Karen Valentine, Robert Reed, Mark Shera, Victor Mohica, and Gregory Sierra all live in this place.

I won't go any further except to say this house is not all it seems and there's a lot of intrigue and the strangling death of one of the above cast members.

There's also a lot of lies and cover up going on. Leave it to our mystery writer to figure out what exactly is going on.

Lansbury and Luckinbill wade through a pile of propaganda before this one is sorted out.

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