Originally aired in 1980, The Murder That Wouldn’t Die follows former Los Angeles police lieutenant Bill Battles in the investigation of his brother’s death, which involves a suspicious car accident.
Battles has left the LAPD to act as head of campus police with Hawaii State University and is head of the school’s football coaching staff. After his brother Allan’s death, Battles discovers Allan’s involvement in examining a 40-year-old rape and murder case and continues his brother’s work with the help of his niece (Allan’s daughter), her quarterback boyfriend, and the team’s kicker.
Ron Satlof directed the film, with Glen A. Laron and Michael Sloan writing the screenplay. William Conrad played the lead role of Bill Battles, and Robin Matton played his niece Shelby Battles.