Amelia MSW

The evil Amelia Browne

Amelia Browne (Lois Nettleton; 1927-2008) is the main villainess from "Lovers and Other Killers," episode 1.06 of Murder, She Wrote (airdate November 18, 1984). She is the secretary for Edmund Gerard, the dean of a college in Seattle.

As indicated by Jessica Fletcher, Amelia was in love with Edmund, who was unaware of his secretary's affections. Amelia's crush developed into an obsession, as she had been following Edmund and was furious to discover that he was engaged in an affair with married Lila Schroder. In a jealous rage, Amelia confronted Lila and later murdered her, and it was Jessica who found Lila collapsing on the ground.

Knowing that Jessica was on the case, the evil Amelia set up Jessica to appear at the college at night, doing so via a phone call. After Jessica arrived, Amelia attempted to kill Jessica by pushing her off the stairs, donning an all black disguise as part of her heel persona. The villainess planned to frame David Tolliver, another illicit lover of Lila's, for the attempt, but Jessica survives and figures out Amelia's role, leading to a confrontation. Amelia confessed to murdering Lila, after letting slip that she drives a blue car--which was parked at Lila's home. She stated that Lila caught her following Edmund, and she killed her to keep Lila from telling Edmund, who later heard Amelia's confession. When Edmund asked why, Amelia simply replied that she loved him, and afterwards, Amelia was arrested (off-screen) for killing Lila and attempting to kill Jessica.


  • Lois Nettleton appeared as redeemed henchwoman Belle Crocker in the 1990 episode "Ghost in the Machine" for the TV series "The Flash".


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