Murder, She Wrote: Cabot Cove Is Murder Capital of the World

cabot cove on CBS murder she wrote TV seriesTo 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?

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6 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Bethany says

    I have never actually crunched the numbers, but have ALWAYS said the same. Back when it was in its first season even. LOL Love it!

  2. ND Mitchell says

    I loved Murder She Wrote. I always wished I could have visited there to possibly help Jessica solve a mystery or two….

  3. Fake Me Out says

    Not just in town, was it ‘more than a little coincidental’ when she left town to visit one of her bazillion nieces/nephews that a murder or two seemed to occur in this new location? And of course she was always instrumental in pointing the finger at the guilty party …. hmmmmmmmm

    • Kat says

      Hahaha, truth! I mean, you don’t think it’s a little convenient that all these people died when she was in town? Clearly, the murder she *wrote* was just a clever cover story for the one she *committed.*

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