Jackson Hale (portrayed by Mark Brandon) was a weatherman for KRXJ despite being unqualified for the job due to only having studied Physical Education at a junior college. Following this appointment, he took on a pseudonym to make sure he boasted a true weatherman's name.
Hale was a truly rapacious Lothario who liked to record his trysts, until one day he was stabbed to death doing just that. The perpetrator of this hideous crime is overwhelmingly suspected to be schoolteacher Sandra Panitch, the woman he was with that night and who was seen running from the scene of the crime. During her trial, however, the focus shifts from the spurned secretary Priscilla Morgenstern to the envious reporter Ruben Leonard until Shawn finally discovers that it was in fact newscaster Mortimer Camp who murdered Hale in the belief that he was in the studio with his wife Connie.