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Encyclopedia > Jessica Fletcher
Jessica McGill Fletcher
Murder, She Wrote character

Jessica in the Season 3 episode: "The Cemetry Vote"
First appearance "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes"
1984
Last appearance "Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle" (TV Movie)
2003
Portrayed by Angela Lansbury
Information
Gender Female
Date of birth November 21, 1930
Occupation English teacher,
Novelist (1985-)
Family See below
Spouse(s) Frank Fletcher (deceased)
Birthname Jessica Beatrice Fletcher
Location Cabot Cove, USA
IMDb profile

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This program was one of the most successful of the 1980s and 1990s on the CBS television network. Mrs. Fletcher was a retired teacher turned author of detective fiction under the name J. B. Fletcher, but was constantly finding that her work and personal lives overlapped. In every episode she was introduced into a situation where someone was killed shortly after her arrival. She was generally forced to solve every mystery herself in the style of one of the characters from her book, as the police proved to be incapable of doing so without her help. In fact, on at least one occasion a man of the law was actually unmasked as the killer, when cult TV actor John Astin appeared as the villainous Sheriff Harry Pierce. This article is about the broadcast network. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes Detective fiction is a branch of crime fiction that centers upon the investigation of a crime, usually murder, by a detective, either professional or amateur. ... Cult television, like cult figures, cult film and cult radio, attracts a band of aficionados, known as a cult following, devoted to a specific television program or unreal universe. ... John Allen Astin (born March 30, 1930) is an Oscar nominated American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows, but is best known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family television series and similarly eccentric comedic characters. ...


Episodes usually follow a formula. The episode opens as Jessica Fletcher arrives, (either in her fictitious town of residence (Cabot Cove, Maine), or visiting elsewhere (typically in New York City or Boston) and meets several characters. These characters are usually Mrs. Fletcher's friends, family, or business associates (in connection with her role as a successful author). Several of these characters are shown to have motive with respect to the potential demise of one their number (typically an unlikeable individual). Often at least one of them is heard to make a threat against this individual, and therefore will become the principal suspect. About half way through the episode, the likely victim is found dead. After a brief investigation, the authorities arrest the most obvious suspect, but Jessica believes that the arrested suspect (who is a likeable person, often a friend, or relative of Jessica) is innocent, and sets out to prove it.


An unrelated conversation often will suggest to Jessica the solution to the mystery, at which point she will rush off to confirm her suspicion (without telling the viewers what she has in mind). The next scene will present Jessica at the place where the crime was committed. Jessica will there find one of the characters, usually alone. She enters into a conversation with this character and, in a few minutes accuses him or her of being the murderer, explaining how and why this person did it. The killer first denies guilt, but Jessica describes a few clues which she observed but which the episode viewers may or not have had an opportunity to see. Sometimes Mrs. Fletcher will make up evidence which wasn't actually found, but the discovery of which will seem plausible to the killer. At this point, the murderer admits guilt and confesses. Normally the murderer will then pull out a weapon and prepare to kill Jessica too, at which point the police appear from hiding and arrest the true killer.


The episode concludes with a final scene in which the innocent former suspects say good bye to Jessica, and thank her for the happy ending.

Contents

Home and family life

Mrs. Fletcher lived in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine, which wags proclaim to have probably the highest murder rate of any small town in the civilized world (and as a not unnatural corollary in many parodies and satire she is arrested by law enforcement agencies as her very presence causes the commitment of murder[citation needed]), but her travels as an author very frequently took her to places around much of the English-speaking world, which gave her writers a little more ability to stretch the character and her situations than rural New England alone would have provided. One of them took her to Hawaii, where she shared a case with private detective Thomas Magnum, star of Magnum PI. Cabot Cove, Maine, is the small, fictional village in which Jessica Fletcher lives, in the popular television series Murder, She Wrote. Categories: US geography stubs | Fictional towns and cities ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Thomas Sullivan Magnum was the main character and namesake of the popular American television series, Magnum, P.I.. Magnum was portrayed by Tom Selleck. ... Magnum, P.I. was an American television show that followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck), a private investigator living in Hawaii. ...


Mrs. Fletcher (maiden name McGill) was widowed from her beloved husband Frank, with no children but with an endless collection of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and other relatives or friends who always needed her help. Especially prone to get into trouble was her giddy nephew Grady Fletcher, who was raised for a period of time by Jessica and Frank. Grady always seemed to meet the wrong girl, until he finally married Donna several seasons into the show. This article is about the domestic group. ...


Relatives

Siblings

  • Marshall McGill (brother)
  • Neil Fletcher (brother-in-law)
  • Constance Fletcher (sister-in-law)

Nieces

  • Victoria Brandon
  • Carol Donovan
  • Pamela McGill-Crane (via her brother)
  • Nita Cochran
  • Tracy McGill (via her brother)
  • Jill Morton
  • Audrey Fletcher-Bannister
  • Carol Bannister (great-niece)
  • Carrie Palmer

Nephews

  • Grady Fletcher
  • Johnny Eaton

Cousins

  • Abby Benton Freestone (Lynn Redgrave)
  • Emma McGill (Angela Lansbury)
  • Ann Owens Lawton
  • Helen Owens
  • George Owens
  • Calhoun "Cal" Fletcher (second cousin once removed through marriage)

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  • Aunt Mildred (by marriage)
  • Great-Aunt Amanda (great-aunt through marriage)
  • Uncle Walter (uncle; deceased)
  • Great-Aunt Sarah (great-aunt; deceased)
  • Great-Uncle Henry (great-uncle; deceased)

Career and life as a best-selling author

Mrs. Fletcher began her career writing on an old Underwood typewriter, but as her career progressed, she eventually purchased an Intel 80386 class computer running Windows 3.1 (suitably antiquated now, but the latest back then). Among her friends she can count both multi-millionaires who own Beech Starships to down-on-their-luck homeless people, moving effortlessly between the social strata. Jessica always strived to solve mysteries within five minutes of the end of each program, unless the producers felt they could prolong the nail-biting suspense across two episodes. Perhaps her most notable experience was encountering a Mr. Potts who preferred to be called Mr. Bond - he did at least have an Aston Martin DB6, in which Jessica herself ended up racing to the rescue. The Underwood Typewriter Company was a manufacturer of typewriters headquartered in New York City, New York. ... 386 DX redirects here. ... A typical Windows 3. ... Categories: Stub | U.S. civil utility aircraft 1980-1989 ... The Aston Martin DB6 was a sports car manufactured by Aston Martin from 1965 to 1970. ...


Jessica's relationship with law enforcement officials varied from place to place. Both the sheriffs of Cabot Cove were used to, or resigned themselves to, having her meddle in their cases. However, most detectives and police officers didn't want her anywhere near their crime scenes, until her accurate deductions convinced them to listen to what she had to say. Others were fans of her books and glad to let her snoop. With time, she made friends in many police departments across the USA, as well as a British police officer attached to Scotland Yard. New Scotland Yard, London New Scotland Yard, it blowwsssss often referred to simply as Scotland Yard or The Yard, is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, responsible for policing Greater London (although not the City of London itself). ...


Novels by J. B. Fletcher

Novels J. B. Fletcher wrote that were mentioned during the series:

  • The Corpse Danced at Midnight
  • Dirge for a Dead Dachshund
  • A Faded Rose Beside Her
  • Murder on the Amazon
  • Lover's Revenge
  • The Umbrella Murders
  • Murder at the Inn
  • Murder at the Digs
  • Murder in a Minor Key
  • The Stain on the Stairs
  • The Mystery of the Mutilated Minion
  • The Belgrade Murders
  • Sanitarium of Death
  • Calvin Canterbury's Revenge
  • Murder at the Asylum
  • Murder Comes to Maine
  • Good-bye, Charlie
  • The Corpse That Wasn't There
  • Ashes, Ashes, Fall Down Dead
  • The Messengers of Midnight
  • The Poison in My Heart
  • All the Murderers
  • Murder at the Ridge Top
  • The Corpse at Vespers
  • The Triple Crown Murders
  • The Crypt of Death
  • A Killing at Hastings Rock
  • The Uncaught
  • Murder in White
  • The Dead Must Sing
  • The Killer Called Collect
  • Stone Cold Dead
  • Endangered
  • The Launch Pad Murders
  • Runway to Murder
  • The Venomous Valentine
  • A Case of a Half of Murder
  • Yours Truly, Damian Sinclair
  • The Dead Man Sang
  • The Corpse Swam by Moonlight
  • The Zero Aspect

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Trivia

  • The series of novels by Donald Bain based upon Murder, She Wrote are credited to Jessica Fletcher.
  • Her birthday is November 21.
  • She once served in the United States House of Representatives [1]
  • Jessica Fletcher is referenced in BBC Drama Torchwood, Episode "Sleeper", 23/01/2008
  • Jessica Fletcher's maiden name (McGill) may be a reference to Angela Lansbury's own mother, Moyna MacGill.

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References

  1. ^ Murder, She Wrote: Capitol Offense - TV.com

External Links

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