Series Murder She Wrote Discussion

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06:42:32 PM Aug 25th 2013
It's stated at least twice on this page that Cabot Cove's murder rate is 86 times higher than any real city. How was this calculated? Roughly five episodes per season took place in Cabot Cove, and the local population was 3560. How is 5/3560 per year equal to 86/1000 per year?

Even if we allow for two murders per episode, I get a total rate of 280 per 100,000 per year, or if you prefer, 2.8 per 1000 per year. Now, that's outrageously high (more than 10 times the homicide rate of 1990s L.A., for instance) but it's nowhere near 86 per 1000.