Alexis Hill (Daphne Ashbrook) is the main villainess from "Dear Deadly," episode 11.05 of Murder, She Wrote (airdate October 23, 1994). She was an aspiring columnist employed by John Galloway.
Alexis was a columnist, writing articles about the lives of homeless people. However, Alexis has an ambitious nature that led her to plagiarize the journal written by recently deceased Freddy Moore (who died of natural causes). This led her to become nominated for an award in writing extraordinary articles. Little did Alexis know that advice columnist Loretta Lee was on to her scheme. So, Loretta called Alexis and she went to see Loretta. They got into a major argument and the situation got out of hand, resulting in the evil Alexis bludgeoned Loretta to death with a water pitcher, then carved John Galloway's initials on a table to incriminate him.
What tripped up Alexis' plan to finally win the award was when Jessica Fletcher had deduced her as a plagiarist and a murderer. Jessica discovered her plagiarism when homeless woman Nell came forward with Freddy's final page from his journal, despite Alexis disposing the rest of the journal. This gave her motive for killing Loretta as Loretta was close to both Nell and Freddy, considering she was once homeless herself. The telltale evidence that proved Alexis killed Loretta was her wrong timing, Alexis claimed that she interviewed Loretta on 2.30 p.m. But delivery man Troy Higgins had not delivered Loretta's hearing aid at the time Alexis had supposedly interviewed her, she would have to shout for her to hear. Alexis had to have been there on 3.30 p.m. after the hearing aid was delivered in order for her to talk to her properly. Alexis crumbled and confessed her over-ambitious ways that led her to commit murder, she was eventually arrested for her crimes.
- Daphne Ashbrook previously appeared as the evil Alice Diamond in Season Seven, and later appeared as the wicked Kathy Stafford in the next season of Murder, She Wrote.
- Daphne Ashbrook also appeared on Without a Trace and Crossing Jordan as villainesses Paula Wechsler and Mrs. Carter, respectively, on Cold Case as the evil Kylie Cramer, and appeared on NCIS as the villainous Donna Peyton.