To no surprise, the hometown of novelist-turned-sleuth Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) is not a safe place to live. According to some tongue-in-cheek research done by BBC Radio 4, the fictional town of Cabot Cove on CBS’ Murder, She Wrote has an extraordinarily high murder rate.
They found that, over the course of the TV show’s 1984-96 run, an average of 5.3 corpses turned up in Cabot Cove each year. The producers estimated that Cabot Cove had a population of 3,560 so that equates to 1,490 murders per million people.
That’s about 60% higher than Honduras, the real-world capital of the world, where a murder occurs every 74 minutes.
Though each of the untimely deaths in Cabot Cove were solved, one has to wonder if it wasn’t more than a little coincidental that they always seemed to happen when Jessica was in town.
What do you think? Would you visit Cabot Cove, in spite of the statistics? Who was your favorite Cabot Cove resident on Murder, She Wrote?