Alice Diamond

Greedy villainess Alice Diamond

Alice Diamond (Daphne Ashbrook) is the hidden secondary villainess of "Ballad for a Blue Lady," episode 7.09 of Murder, She Wrote (airdate December 2, 1990).

About Edit

Alice Diamond is the daughter and business partner of country star Bobby Diamond, along with being the stepdaughter of blues singer Patti Sue Diamond. In the episode, Alice wanted to talk to her father after having a fight with her boyfriend, Preston Wardell, at an after-party that took place after one of her stepmother's concerts, only to find him dead of an apparent suicide in his farmhouse, with a note on the table next to a bottle of his favorite bourbon and also a bottle of strychnine. Unbeknownst to Alice, Bobby was actually murdered by Patti Sue, but still believing that he took his own life, Alice realized that with her father dead, her stepmother would inherit the business—something Alice felt that she herself deserved.

Heel Turn Edit

Alice Hidden Villainess

Alice attempting to kill her stepmother, Patti Sue

With that in mind, Alice turned heel and poured some of the strychnine into the bottle of bourbon, which made the staged suicide look like a murder that was committed by Patti Sue (which, in turn, was ironically the truth). The covetous woman also broke the window of the door to Bobby's farmhouse from just outside using an unknown blunt instrument in an attempt to make the Nashville Police Department believe that somebody else had broken in. As she drove home, the evil Alice concocted a plan to kill Patti Sue, planning to make it appear that she committed suicide out of guilt. The greedy villainess started an argument with her stepmother and then poured the remaining strychnine into her coffee, along with wiping her fingerprints off the bottle of poison before placing Patti Sue's fingerprints on said bottle after she lost consciousness. In spite of Alice's villainous triumph, her stepmother survived the first attempt on her life due to a big bowl of ice cream she had ate earlier, which lined her stomach.

Later on, the nefarious businesswoman snuck into Patti Sue's hospital room and injected a poison into her IV drip as part of her second attempt to murder the latter, which was later revealed to have failed once again. Her presence was noticed by two security guards, and they subsequently chased and also handcuffed Alice during her failed attempt to escape, marking her villainous reveal.

After her arrest, the villainess confessed to poisoning her stepmother and vented over how she felt that she deserved to run the business, along with expressing grief over her father's death and also bemoaning her failure to kill Patti Sue. When she was accused of killing her father by Lieutenant Jackson, Alice denied being his murderer, showing the "suicide note" to him, Preston, and Jessica Fletcher in order to prove her innocence, which not only worked, but would also prove vital to revealing the identity of Bobby's killer.


  • "(Jessica: "You're the one who poisoned Patti Sue, aren't you? Look, Alice; I saw you leave the party after Patti Sue left. About an hour later, you came back. Now, where were you during that time?") I didn't... intend for it to happen. I was, um... upset... and confused. It all started after my fight with Preston. I had to clear my head, so I went for a drive—a drive that took me to the farmhouse to see Daddy. He always knew how to make me feel like everything was right with the world. The door was open. I had a funny feeling when I walked in. Things just didn't seem right... and then I saw him... on the floor. I knew he was dead as soon as I touched him. I noticed a piece of paper. It was a suicide note. He said he was sorry, but he just couldn't go on... and then I saw the bottle of poison. I realized immediately what it meant: with Daddy gone... Patti Sue would inherit the business—all of it—and I'd be left with nothing! I couldn't stand the thought of that... and then it hit me all at once. I decided I'd... cover up Daddy's suicide by making it look like he'd poisoned by someone else. I wanted the police to think someone had broken in. It all seemed to come together so nicely in the car. I'd make it look like Patti Sue killed Daddy, and then killed herself out of remorse, and the business which I deserved... would pass to me. Back at the house, I started a fight with Patti Sue. That was easy. She really lost it. As soon as she walked away from her coffee, I filled it with the poison Daddy used to kill himself. Once she passed out... I wiped my fingerprints from the bottle and placed her fingerprints on it... and then I returned to the party. I couldn't believe she'd survived the poison. (Jessica: "She wouldn't have... if she hadn't eaten all that ice cream, and if Conrad Booker hadn't gone to the house looking for Bobby.")" (Alice's confession to her two attempts to murder Patti Sue)


  • This was the first of Daphne Ashbrook's three villainous appearances in the series. She later appeared as Alexis Hill in Season Eleven's "Dear Deadly" and also Kathy Stafford in "Nailed," the twelfth and final season opener.
  • Daphne Ashbrook also played villainess Kylie Cramer on Cold Case, conspirator Paula Wechsler on Without a Trace, callous villainess Mrs. Carter on Crossing Jordan, and murderer Donna Peyton on NCIS.


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