Strangler's Woods is the second episode of the second series of the popular British crime drama Midsomer Murders and was originally aired 3rd February 1999.


Barnaby is hoping for some father-daughter bonding with Cully while Joyce is away nursing her sick mother. However his hopes soon fade when a naked woman is discovered strangled by a tie round her neck in woodland, where three women were murdered in the same fashion nine years before. Barnaby, with the help of Sergeant Troy, has to decide whether it's the same murderer back with a vengeance or if someone else is pulling their own evil strings


Carla Constanza, a very attractive Brazilian model and the advertising face for Monarch Tobacco, is found strangled with a necktie in Ravens Wood. The case is reminiscent of three similar murders that occurred nine years before. A German backpacker, an au pair and a hotel maid were raped and strangled in the wood, which was subsequently referred to by the locals as Strangler's Wood. The only difference with this case is that Carla wasn't raped. The evidence points to John Merrill, the Marketing Director for Monarch Tobacco. His expensive watch is found at the scenes and there is physical evidence his car was there as well. For DCI Barnaby however, it all seems all too easy, particularly since the original murders were never solved and the now retired policeman in that case, George Meakham, still seems obsessed at finding a result. When a second person is murdered, Barnaby finally starts to make sense of it all.



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Supporting Cast


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  • First appearance of Dr Dan Peterson

The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have appeared in subsequent episodes

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