An electronics genius kills his mother-in-law due to her plans to oust him from the family business which he is the managing director, as she believes her son-in-law's reckless spending on gadgetry is responsible for the company's revenue losses which have amounted to thousands of dollars.
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The piano music playing while the murderer is preparing to murder his mother-in-law is Frederic Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23. See more
When Van Wick explains his theory about the flower pot being knocked over he tells Columbo "It's just a theory but, of course, I could be wrong" when in fact it's not a theory because he later shows Columbo a tape of the murder with the flower pot being knocked over, just as he said. See more
Harold Van Wick
You know, Lieutenant, my system is very elaborate and very sensitive. Uh, the more complex a system is, the more it is exposed to malfunctions. We have to accept these little problems from time to time. I'm afraid, Lieutenant, that your little parlor trick proved absolutely nothing.
Ballade No.1 in g-minor, op.23
Written by Frédéric Chopin See more