I don't know about the rest of you, but I've never stumbled upon even one dead body, let along enough to fill up 12 seasons of a television show. Not the case for Angela Lansbury's Jessica Fletcher! This sweet, but razor-sharp British writer turned amateur detective, was the central character of the popular series "Murder, She Wrote," which ran from 1984 to 1996. Some fans posit that Fletcher was actually a serial killer who parlayed these many dozens of murders into her best-selling mystery novels. Cap that off with the fact that she's a widow who never reveals the nature of her late husband's passing and you have a theory that actually has some good legs on it. How does a Maine town of 3,500 have 274 killings? [source: Cintron] A little suspicious, no?
Plausible as this theory may be, I'm going to put my rose-colored glasses back on and enjoy Lansbury's soothing accent, maternal nature and penchant for tea. One thing's for sure, though -- if I lived in a town as small as Cabot Cove and people persisted in dropping like flies, I'd be on a one-way train to somewhere with a less grisly murder rate -- with haste.