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Benedict Arnold Slipped Here 

The death of an eccentric shut-in brings the burden of executing her will to Jessica. How does the legend that Benedict Arnold once slept in the woman's house and a possible "treasure" fit into the puzzle?


Seymour Robbie


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 6 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Julie Adams ... Eve Simpson
Brian Bedford ... Alastair Andrews
Tom Bosley ... Sheriff Amos Tupper
Barbara Cason ... Emily Goshen
David Clennon ... Wilton Tibbles
Shea Farrell ... Kevin Tibbles
Lois Foraker Lois Foraker ... Liza Adams
Katherine Moffat ... Lauren Hastings
Dick O'Neill ... Benny Tibbles
William Windom ... Dr. Seth Hazlitt


When the reclusive Tilly Adams dies, several people have their eyes on her estate. Jessica is the executrix of the estate and she and Seth Hazlett set about cataloging her extensive personal property which includes many valuable antiques. Local antique dealer Benny Tibbles has wanted to get his hands on Tilley's possessions as does his brother Wilton who will cheat anyone, including Benny, to make a profit. Also interested in the house is Alastair Andrews, an Englishmen who much admires Benedict Arnold who once stayed there. He plans to disassemble the house and relocate it to England. When Benny Tibbles is found dead in the house, however, Jessica has another murder to solve. There is no shortage of suspects. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 March 1988 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Tom Bosley's last appearance in the recurring role of Sheriff Amos Tupper. Bosley left the series to have the lead role in Father Dowling Mysteries (1989). See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Seth Hazlitt: Well, now what did you get for her?
Jessica Fletcher: Oh, I got her mostly fruit and a little makeup to boost her morale.
Dr. Seth Hazlitt: If you ask me, the outside of Tillie's house could use a coat of paint, too.
Jessica Fletcher: Oh, it'll take more than one coat.
Dr. Seth Hazlitt: Might hold the house together.
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The handy fireplace poker
24 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It occurs to me as houses are being built without fireplaces those handy fireplace pokers will be less handy and less convenient to be used as weapons. Mystery writers in the future will have to come up with something else.

The handy fireplace poker does in antique dealer Dick O'Neill as he discovers someone possibly pilfering in an old house up for sale. The reclusive lady who owned it also owned a legacy of sorts, the rumor that Benedict Arnold once slept there. He may have done more than gotten a night's lodging as well.

A murder is solved by Jessica Fletcher with the help always of William Windom and Tom Bosley. And some titillating history is learned in the process.

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