Burke's Law

Who Killed Purity Mather?

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 12/6/63
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  • Episode Description
  • A self-proclaimed witch sends Burke a record predicting her murder, along with a list of suspects. When her body is discovered after a fire, she has been disfigured by acid, leaving only a clue of a tattoo. The design of the tattoo matches that of an amulet carried by her pet raven. For likely suspects, Burke has to choose between a less-than-imposing "vampire", the head of a nudist colony, the "reincarnation" of the Goddess of Love, a wealthy man obsessed with spiritualism and his compliant companion, and a con artist/fakir. Before the case is solved, Tim saves Burke from a "brush" with death!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leon Lontoc

    Henry

  • Gene Barry

    Captain Amos Burke

  • Regis Toomey

    Detective Sergeant Lester "Les" Hart

  • Walter Grauman

  • Harlan Ellison

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Amos Burke: (about the victim) She was a non-comformist, she probably rode a vacuum cleaner.

    Notes (4)

    • Original Library of Congress Registration #: LP31068Effective Registration # & date: RE-562-918 Dec. 4, 1991.

    • Gloria Swanson was nominated for a 1963 "Best Actress in a TV Series" Golden Globe for her performance in this episode.

    • "And Introducing Mary Ann Mobley" - the 1959 Miss America made her acting debut with this episode.

    • This episode marked Nancy Kovack's TV debut.

    Allusions (1)

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      Janet Blair had just recently made a huge hit in the Hammer cult horror film, "Burn, Witch, Burn".

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