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.