In Portrait of a Murder a necktie strangler claims his third victim at the carnival on Santa Monica Pier. A mentally challenged young man, Eric Kershaw (he’s 19 but has a mental age of 7), looks to be prime suspect but Harry is not so sure.
The problem is that Eric was at the scene of two of the murders. Eric, however, protests his innocence and insists that he saw a lion at the murder scene. Meanwhile Trench, lead investigator on the case, is convinced Eric is the killer.
Lots of familiar faces including a young Adam Arkin as the troubled Eric, but there are also roles for Katherine Helmond as Eric’s mother and Lou Frizzell as his father.
UK / ABC / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 20 November 1975
Writer: Robert C. Dennis / Director: Richard Lang
Series: Harry O Season 2 Episode 5
David Janssen as Harry Orwell
Anthony Zerbe as Lt. K.C. Trench
Adam Arkin as Eric Kershaw
Katherine Helmond as Anne Kershaw
Lou Frizzell as George Kershaw
Alan Feinstein as Phil Unsworth
Rose Gregorio as Dorina
Jeff David as Dr. Cadbury
William Traylor as Howard Pomeroy
Paul Tulley as Sgt. Roberts
Allan Miller as Johnny Thayer
Erica Yohn as Mrs. Stockdale
Don Hanmer as Candy Man
Amy Botwinick as Andrea Mills
Paul Harper as Frank Meredith