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"The Lipstick Killer"
AIRDATE: 01.07.84


WHAT SAID:  

The pattern Hooker detects in the murders of several nurses suggests he has less than 48 hours to prevent the killer from striking again.

SYNOPSIS:  

Hooker and Romano are called to the scene where a nurse has been bludgeoned to death by, according to an eyewitness, another nurse. The method rings a bell with Hooker and he recalls working on a similar case years back with Lt. Pete O'Brien, who coincidentally is also working on the present case. At the scene of the crime, a lipstick tube is discovered which turns out to be the same color used years before. Hooker and O'Brien contact Dr. Don Travers, a psychiatrist who helped put together a profile of the killer. They are hoping he will be able to update the profile before the killer strikes again. While Travers is working on the update, hooker uncovers a clue. Apparently the killer sends the victim a rose and then kills them. When Hooker discovers the next intended victim, he rushes off to warn her, arriving just as the killer, a woman, is making her move, but cannot catch her. The case finally begins to come together when O'Brien learns that the killer was wearing a wig. While searching through the coroner's reports, Hooker matches the wound dimensions to that of an antique surgical mallet, just like the one belonging to Dr. Travers. Hooker, realizing Travers is the killer, manages to apprehend Travers before he can kill again.


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GUEST STARS:

Dolores Aguanno
"Janet Winston"

Claudia Christian
"Betty MacRae"

Cynthia Cypert
"Alice Crane"

Shawn Donahue
"Matthew Potter"

Hugh Farrington
"Det. Pete O'Brien"

David Huffman
"Dr. Don Travers"

Katherine Justice
"Joan Wagner"

Patricia Pearcy
"Shirley Potter"

Julie Ronnie
"Karen Peyton"

Ebbe Roe Smith
"Maurice Winston Morgan"


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