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?
I am binge watching Murder She Wrote and loving every one. RIP Angela Landsbury.
That’s because this show didn’t make any sense. That quiet little town was so condensed with murder, even with such a small population. You’d think they’d eventually get someone better than the useless sheriff who sucked at his job. The silliest part of the show is how an old author was given full disclosure and access to all the cases and was allowed to freely explore scenes and question people (and those people even talked to her like she was a cop) just because she ignored police protocol and was simple just a mystery writer, lol. This was a frustrating… Read more »
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!
I’m kinda surprised it took this long for someone to figure this out!
I loved Murder She Wrote. I always wished I could have visited there to possibly help Jessica solve a mystery or two….
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
Jessica was a diabolical serial killer.
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.*