In the late 1890s, police Detective William Murdoch takes a new, more scientific approach to solving crimes. Assisted by coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and Constable George Crabtree, Murdoch introduces such concepts as finger marks and lie detecting machines. He has the support of his somewhat doubtful superior, Inspector Brackenreid, though at times, even he finds Murdoch's methods - and claims - somewhat astounding.
It's 1895 and Toronto City Council is considering changing its electricity supply from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) to take advantage of the new electric generation plant at Niagara Falls. There's a lot of money at stake and the owner of Toronto Electric and Light, Daniel Pratt, has been holding public demonstrations on the dangers of AC current by electrocuting dogs. When Miss Toronto Electric and Light, Alice Howard, is electrocuted at one of these demonstrations, Detective William Murdoch cannot help but wonder if she was murdered. Assisted by the local coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and inventor Nikola Tesla, Murdoch applies his scientific approach to policing to solve the crime. Constable George Crabtree meanwhile pursues his own theory that animal rights activists may have been behind the death. Written by
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of well-known Toronto lawyer Percy Pollack. The body is delivered in a trunk to Toronto Police Station No. 4 with an ominous note addressed to Inspector Thomas Brackenreid, who believes he may be the next victim. While the Inspector uses the more traditional police techniques, Murdoch takes a more scientific approach in solving the crime particularly in determining the time of death, which proves crucial to solving the murder. Meanwhile, Murdoch catches the eye of the Chief Constable who suggests to him that he may be the ideal candidate for the vacant Inspector position at Station No. 3. Written by
When professional boxer Amos Robinson is shot at close range, Detective Murdoch finds himself not only trying to find the murderer but to clear his wife, Fanny, who is being held for the murder by the police. Robinson won his fight earlier that evening but the fight had been rigged for him to lose and some lost huge wagers. His contract was also about to be sold so both the seller and the buyers have lost money. The blood splatter evidence convinces him that Fanny is innocent so he looks to those surrounding the boxer where he finds are several suspects. Written by
4Elementary, My Dear Murdoch
Detective Murdoch attends a séance hosted by a medium, Sarah Pensall, where he is told the location of a recently murdered young woman. Although he believes that Pensall and those like her are all charlatans, he soon finds himself investigating the murder of Ida Winston, a prominent member of the Toronto Paranormal Society, whose body is found exactly where Pensall foretold it to be. Assisted by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes who is in Toronto to make a speech on spiritualism, Murdoch firmly believes there is a practical solution to the murder. Those beliefs are shaken however when Pensall tells him she has a message from his late fiancée, who died of consumption over a year ago. Written by
5'Til Death Do Us Part
When Wendell Merrick is killed in the church office on his wedding day, Detective Murdoch is on the case. He learns that Merrick was to be married to Eunice McGinty, a somewhat plain looking girls from Niagara Falls. Murdoch soon realizes that the wedding was a sham. The autopsy reveals that Merrick was a homosexual and that his marriage would allow him to inherit his half of his late father's estate. The obvious conclusion was that he was killed by his lover in a fit of jealously but when that man commits suicide, Murdoch believes that the crime has yet to be solved and he uncovers a far more elaborate plot with an altogether different motive. Written by
6Let Loose the Dogs
Detective Murdoch finds himself investigating his own father, Harry, for murder when the body of John Delaney is found soon after the two had an argument in a pub. Harry had complained that the ratting contest in the pub was fixed and was thrown out on his ear. Murdoch's father is a drunkard and down and out and there is no love lost between the two. He believes his father was responsible for his mother's death and they have not seen each other for many years. In his investigation, Murdoch is helped by an idiot savant who works at the pub and has a fixation on time. Using that information, the detective builds a detailed time line for the crime, finally identifying the anomaly that leads to the killer. Written by
Detective Murdoch faces an unusual case when the desiccated body of a man falls through the ceiling of the Grand Theater and onto the stage during a performance of Macbeth. Using dental records, the body is identified as that of Virgil Smart, the former owner of the theater who had died a year ago. Problem is, Smart is supposed to be buried and when they re-open his grave, they find the body of an unknown man. Murdoch suggests that Dr. Ogden attempt a facial reconstruction to identify the body. When Murdoch and Crabtree find a hidden room off Smart's office, a love nest, they believe they've found the site of his murder. Written by
Det. Murdoch and Dr. Ogden investigate the death of Richard Hartley a member of the men's eight rowing team at the prestigious, and snobbish, King's Rowing Club. Hartley was a newly appointed member of the team, having displaced Horace Briggs, a blue collar working man who was not of the same class as the others. Murdoch learns that Hartley had recently had an argument with his coach, Hamilton Kane. To complicate matters, the Hartley's are a prestigious Toronto family with a great deal of influence. The autopsy reveals that he drowned, but had also been beaten. Using a new-fangled lie-detecting device and analyzing the content of his lungs provides Murdoch with the clues he needs to solve the case. Written by
Roddy Grimesby is found dead from a lethal ingestion of varnish. When the police show up at the crime scene, the victims son Harcourt a ventriloquist is found hiding in the closet with his look-alike dummy Mycroft. Even more disturbing than the similarity, is the roiling bond between the two much like hostile brothers. Although Harcourt confesses to the murder, Murdoch spots inconsistencies in the story that make no sense unless there was a third party involved. Harcourt had been in the room when Roddy was killed. He would have seen the killer, but why is he protecting his identity? In a shocking turn, Murdoch learns that Harcourt has a twin brother named Mycroft. Maybe Mycroft killed Roddy; and Harcourt is protecting him. But just when it looks like the case is solved, Murdoch sees something in a Grimesby family photo that puts a whole new twist on things.
The police investigate the murder of Howard Rookwood, a well-known Toronto industrialist and philanthropist who was struck on the head just outside of his house. Rookwood was an active supporter of Baker House, a home that specializes in relocating underprivileged children from England to Canada and his own daughter was adopted. As Detective Murdoch examines the forensic evidence, he and Doctor Ogden conclude that a child, or children, may be the culprit. The true motivation and solution to the crime however is far darker. Written by
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Dr. Francis Grout who was killed by a hooded and robed figure using a crossbow. The doctor worked at the Greyson Institute for the Mind that specializes in researching brain functions and those who have special skills not found among the general population. As the murders continue, the police must find the common link among them. Murdoch is shaken when medium Sarah Pensell tells him she has seen these murders in a vision. While she can't identify the robed figure, she is able to identify the killer's last victim - Murdoch. Written by
12The Prince and the Rebel
With the visit of Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Alfred, to Toronto, Detective Murdoch and Constable Crabtree are put in charge of security. The Prince is a bon vivant who is particularly fond of parties and pretty girls but his aide, David Jennings, is hard-nosed and demanding. When the police find a dead girl in the park, her tattoos reveal that she may have been a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and there may in fact be a plot against the Prince. Murdoch also runs into to an old friend from their days at the seminary who may, or may not, have Republican sympathies as well. Written by
13The Annoying Red Planet
Murdoch and Crabtree investigate the strange murder of Henri Gaston, who is found lying in the upper limbs of a very tall tree. There were no footprints leading up to tree so they have no theories as to how he may have gotten there. Gaston was an avid astronomer with a particular fascination about Mars and Constable Crabtree begins to think that Martians may be responsible. Murdoch however suspects a more human perpetrator, especially when he learns that Gaston was refusing to sell his land to a developer. What they eventually stumble upon is something that is completely alien to their experience. Written by
1Mild Mild West
10 Feb 2009Description ▼
While attending Buffalo Bill Cody's Western Extravaganza, Det. Murdoch, Insp. Brackenreid, Constable Crabtree and Dr. Ogden witness a killing when a stunt apparently goes bad. The stunt involved one legendary wild west gunman shooting the other who catches the bullet in his teeth. It's all trickery of course and he's not supposed to be shot for real. Murdoch determines that the man was actually shot by someone with a rifle. When the second member of the stunt team is also killed, Murdoch starts looking into their past to find a solution to the crime. A horse hair provides the vital clue. Insp. Brackenreid's wife has joined the temperance league and he has promised to give up drink. An encounter with the flirtatious Annie Oakley puts an end to that.
2Snakes and Ladders
10 Feb 2009Description ▼
When Alberta Moffat is found gutted, Murdoch begins to wonder what they have on their hands. They are told by a Scotland Yard detective, Edward Scanlan, that he has been pursuing a suspect, Harlen Orgill, across the Empire. He also suggests that the man may be Jack the Ripper. Moffat worked as a laundress and her mother does not accept the suggestion that she was a streetwalker as well. They soon find a second victim, Gloria Abercrombie, who had recently moved to Toronto. She had no police record and was on her way home after working late at night as a seamstress. Murdoch consults Dr. Roberts in the hope of getting him to prepare a psychological profile of the killer. Using a new invention, an ultra violent light, he finds where the murders took place. He also discovers one thing that both victims had in common. Meanwhile, Dr. Ogden accepts William's invitation to the Dinosaur Ball but there's only one problem: he can't dance.
17 Feb 2009Description ▼
Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden attend the Dinosaur Ball and put their recently acquired dancing skills to good use. At the appropriate time their host, Barkely Blake, is set to reveal his latest find from the fields of Alberta. A religious fanatic interrupts the proceedings but when the dinosaur is shown, the gigantic skeleton has a body in its jaws. The dead man turns out to be Lukas DeWitt, a member of Blake's last expedition. Dr. Ogden believe that DeWitt was shot but using a new photographic device that takes special pictures with x-rays, they are unable to locate a bullet. As Murdoch investigates, there is no shortage of suspects, including one of Blake's rivals, Professor Rudolph Sutton. When they find bits of concrete in DeWitt's wounds, the x-ray machine reveals something else about the artifacts Blake found.
24 Feb 2009Description ▼
When a young Harry Houdini visits Toronto with his stage act, he soon finds himself under police scrutiny when the bank next door to the theater in which he is performing is robbed. A bank guard, Joe Decker, was killed during the robbery. Dr. Ogden and several police officers, including Murdoch and Insp. Brackenreid, were in the audience at the time. For Dr. Ogden the biggest surprise of the evening is that her younger sister Ruby, a reporter and writer, appears on stage as Houdini's assistant. When the autopsy reveals that the dead man's blood has turned black, it would seem that he was poisoned. Brackenreid is convinced that Houdini, who was locked in a safe for over 11 minutes during one of his escape routines, is the culprit but Murdoch is far from convinced. Working with Houdini, Murdoch is able to show how the robbery itself was based on illusion.
5The Green Muse
03 Mar 2009Description ▼
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of a prostitute, Cora Devereaux, in a posh bordello. The girl was garroted and had only been working there for about six months. She was popular with the establishment's clientÃ¨le and according to the house's madame, Ettie Weston, she had to that evening remove one particularly obsessed customer, Arthur Webster, a well-known artist. The autopsy reveals that the dead woman had been drinking absinthe and shows no defensive wounds but did have old scarring from possibly having been whipped. In addition to the artist, suspicion falls on a prominent judge who eventually admits he awoke in the dead woman's room and found her dead, but remembers nothing else. The solution to the murder is nearby, however.
6Shades of Grey
10 Mar 2009Description ▼
Detective Murdoch investigates when a young woman's nude body is found in a ditch. They learn that the young girl, Lily Dunn, was fired from her job the day she died but according to Dr. Ogden the young girl bled to death and probably hemorrhaged after having had an abortion. The evidence leads to a one-time admirer of Dr. Ogden's, Doctor Isaac Tash. With his own relationship with Dr. Ogden getting more serious - and physical - Murdoch is feeling both a little jealous and more than a little concerned about her professional conduct when he sees Julia leaving Tash's office. Murdoch pursues the case with his usual zeal, but when he learns the truth, he has to re-evaluate his position and perhaps his relationship with Julia.
7Big Murder on Campus
17 Mar 2009Description ▼
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of university professor Samuel Bennett who was shot through the head while looking through his telescope at his university residence. He becomes aware that another member of the faculty, physics professor Albert Godfrey, frequently argued with Bennett. Throughout the investigation, Murdoch is shadowed by two inquisitive students. Constable Crabtree puts an ad in the paper in an effort to locate his biological mother. As a baby, he was left on the church steps and was raised by the Minister and his family. His newspaper ad produces two women who claim to be his mother. When he is shot during the investigation, Murdoch takes the opportunity to identify which of the two is his mother. Murdoch's relationship with Dr. Julia Ogden is at a low ebb. With her recent revelations, a chill has descended on their budding romance and they have returned to being very formal with one another.
24 Mar 2009Description ▼
When a young boy, Alwyn Jones, reports seeing a giant shiny knight in the woods, Inspector Murdoch takes an interest and walks the boy home. There, he meets Alwyn's very attractive - and widowed - mother Sarah. He doesn't have much time with her however since he's called away to investigate a murder. The victim is Professor Ezra Delamore, a mathematician who now works for a major industrialist. Dr. Ogden confirms that the man was poisoned and the fatal dose was administered in a unique way. When young Alwyn disappears, they find a dwarf floating in the river while looking for him, also poisoned. Also involved in the case is the very secretive government agent Terence Meyers. Murdoch and Dr. Joy's relationship has yet to unthaw but she seems to be coming around slowly. It all may be for naught as the detective has decided to make a social call on Mrs. Jones.
31 Mar 2009Description ▼
After chasing a suspect, Detective Murdoch has a serious fall and finds himself bedridden with several broken bones and a nasty gash on his arm. He's cared for by a concerned Dr. Julia Ogden who has him on his way to recovery but leaves when an equally concerned Enid Jones arrives. After Murdoch's landlady goes away suddenly to care for her sick sister, the bedridden Murdoch begins hearing strange noises in the house but can't quite locate them or who might be making the noise. When he becomes feverish and his condition deteriorates, Enid seeks out Julia's help. In the end, the night vision goggles he's been building prove to be quite useful. While Murdoch is recuperating, Constable Crabtree takes over as acting detective and continues to investigate the murder. He manages to locate the murder site easily but finds that the only witness may be a talking parrot.
06 May 2009Description ▼
Murdoch investigates the apparent murder of a young woman whose death was clearly made to look like a suicide. From the young woman's calloused index finger, Murdoch knows that victim was a telegraph operator. He knows this as his new friend Enid is also a one-time telegrapher and she works closely with Murdoch, much to Dr. Ogden's dismay. They soon learn that the dead woman may have been carrying on, at least over the telegraph wires, with another telegrapher with the initials AK. They set up a trap for him but Enid takes offense when Murdoch uses her own information to set a trap. Another body narrows the field of possible suspects but it becomes apparent that the mystery man knows who Enid is. Inspector Brackenreid has been trying to keep away from liquor - his wife is now in the temperance league - and has been taking injections. It's been having a peculiar effect on him however and with good reason.
11Let Us Ask the Maiden
13 May 2009
20 May 2009Description ▼
There's a beautiful full moon in the sky and Toronto may have a lycanthrope - a werewolf - on the prowl. The first victim is a prominent banker who, along with his two large dogs, is found mauled to death in the warehouse district. His death is soon followed by the death of several others and information points to the fact that the men all knew one another and had recently been on a hunting trip together. The police use the services of a native tracker, Jimmy McLeod. The young man aspires to be a police constable but race prevents that from ever happening. In his personal life, it is apparent to Enid, even if it isn't to Murdoch, that he still harbors feelings for Dr. Ogden. She tells him that the time has come for him to make a commitment to her and her son Alwyn or end their relationship.
13Anything You Can Do
27 May 2009Description ▼
Detective Murdoch finds himself in competition with another police officer when he investigates the death of Humphrey Breen who has apparently fallen, or was pushed, out of a third floor window. The rival is North West Mounted Police Sgt. Jasper Linney who has come to Toronto from British Columbia to interview Breen, a possible witness in a death he is investigating in his own jurisdiction. Murdoch and Linney are remarkably alike in their interests and also in the way in which they try to use modern investigative techniques in their investigations. The murders center around a possible mining claim in British Columbia and there is evidence of fraud. When Murdoch sees his father's name on a list of possible land speculators, he travels there with Sgt. Linney. He soon learns more about the Sergeant than he could have imagined. As for his personal life, Murdoch has to figure out how to re-connect with Dr. Ogden now that he has ended his relationship with Enid Jones.
1The Murdoch Identity
Murdoch is in Bristol, England, with no memory of who he is and two gunmen chasing him through the streets. With the help of a local pub Landlady he starts to piece together an assassination plot. In Toronto Detective Hamish Sloack is assigned to help find the missing Murdoch. Written by
2The Great Wall
Detective Murdoch is called in by Station 5 to investigate the murder of one of their Constables, found dead in Toronto's China Town. A Chinese shop owner, Feng Choy, is blamed for the crime but Murdoch is very doubtful that the old man is responsible. Written by
Detective Murdoch enters the secretive world of the Freemasons when a new member is poisoned during his initiation ceremony. Things take a strange turn when Doctor Ogden reveals to Murdoch, Crabtree and Inspector Brackenreid that the young accountant really wasn't the man everyone thought. Written by
4Rich Boy, Poor Boy
Inspector Brackenreid's seven year old son is kidnapped when mistaken for another boy, the son of the rich owner of Stanton Brewery. Murdoch and the men of Police Station Four race against time to find him before the culprits find out they have the wrong boy. Written by
5Me, Myself and Murdoch
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Alexander Taylor who is found in his living room on his birthday obviously having been attacked with a ax. The case seems open and shut however when they find the man's daughter Charlotte sitting on her bed with the murder weapon in her hands. Charlotte admits that she must have killed her father but has no memory of it. She also says she often has no memory when she is possessed by the devil. During an interrogation however another character, Maddie, emerges leading Murdoch to conclude that there are two personalities in the same body. He consults Dr. Roberts, who has helped him in the past, who recommends they try hypnosis. What they find is that she has more than two personalities. But which one committed, or perhaps witnessed, the crime? Written by
6This One Goes to Eleven
Detective Murdoch investigates the theft of a valuable Rembrandt painting. He attended its unveiling at a lavish reception and saw the painting go on the elevator on the 11th floor and go directly to the first floor where Constables Crabtree and Higgins were waiting for it to arrive. When the doors open, all they find is a dead security officer and no sign of the painting or how it might have been removed. He soon finds the thieves, both dead, but there is no sign of the painting. They were professional thieves from Chicago and Murdoch determines that it is all part of a scheme to sell forgeries of the painting in question. While he tracks down the forger, he's not sure he's tracked down the mastermind behind the scheme. Written by
7Blood and Circuses
Detective Murdoch deals with an interesting assortment of suspects when a circus animal trainer Kitty Walker is found dead, apparently attacked by the tiger in her charge. When the circus tries to leave town hurriedly, Murdoch has them all arrested and the station house is soon filled a variety of exotic characters. The manager, Pierre Barnett, had found her half-eaten inside inside the tiger's cage and it all seems to be nothing more than an accident until Dr. Ogden's autopsy reveals the animal had likely been starved for several days before the attack. Her autopsy of Kitty also shows that she was murdered - and not by the tiger, but stabbed in the throat. Kitty's best friend Ivy points the finger at the hirsute Count Leoline who in turn points to the magician. When one of the circus performers is killed in a jail cell, Murdoch has a second murder to solve. Written by
Detective Murdoch receives a mysterious invitation to attend a reception and with Dr. Ogden in tow finds himself at a promotional affair hosted by James Pendrick. Murdoch doesn't support the selective breeding philosophy of eugenicists and is leery of Pendrick whom he is convinced had engineered the theft of his own art collection in an insurance scam. He is impressed with the guest of honor however, the renowned author H.G. Wells. When body parts are discovered in a nearby pond, Murdoch has a murder to investigate. The dead man turns out to be a well-known member of the Eugenics Society. Dr. Ogden sees her sister Ruby and is somewhat shocked by her dalliance with the often married Wells. Constable Crabtree meanwhile decides to investigate the disappearance of several dogs. Written by
9Love and Human Remains
Detective Murdoch is on the case when police discover two bodies at a building construction site. Their initial estimate is that the bodies have been there for about 5 years but the remains are found in a peat bog and as a result are very well preserved. Both bodies, one man and one woman, are approximately 40 years old and Dr. Ogden's examination reveals that they were both poisoned with cyanide. Further evidence however shows that both bodies have been there for at least 22 years. But that's incorrect as well as further evidence then points to 1836 as the likely year of death. Murdoch manages to locate locate the now elderly daughter of the victims, Rebecca Hastings and her husband Charlie. He also realizes that either she or her husband killed her parents or possibly one of the three foster children who also lived there at the time, Alice Nugent, Horace Mooney or Michael Webster. Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree's cousin from Belleville, Ontario, Penny Ranton, comes to Toronto to attend secretarial college. It turns out she has other reasons for being there as well. Written by
10The Curse of Beaton Manor
Detective Murdoch investigates the suspicious death of Chauncey Beaton who has fallen, or was pushed or jumped, off his balcony. The servants claim the house is cursed and it is responsible for his death. The dead man's brother Ronald was in the house and another brother, Byron, was en route to a business meeting. Some of the servants heard Chauncey shouting his half-brother Timothy's name but Timothy had killed himself the previous February. Several of the household staff claim to have seen Timothy's ghost. The Beaton family has a long history of suspicious deaths and Murdoch believes one of the remaining brothers is responsible, presumably eliminating the other brothers in order to inherit the estate. Soon however, even the police start to see ghosts in Beaton Manor. Written by
Detective Murdoch investigates a bizarre case when a convicted murderer apparently manages to survive the hangman's noose. When Cecil Fox's body is delivered to Dr. Ogden for a post-mortem, she finds a hollow tube inserted in his throat and Fox very much alive. It seems the managed to survive by inserting the tube, thus allowing him to breathe, and by having the hangman's rope shortened so as to ensure that his neck isn't broken. Murdoch and Brackenreid immediately focus on the hangman, Theodore Pleasant, as being complicit in the escape. Brackenreid and Pleasant are good friends but the police Inspector has to admit that it doesn't look good for his friend. With Crabtree and Higgins manning a stakeout, Murdoch realizes that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and that Fox was in fact innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. Written by
12In the Altogether
While out for a stroll, Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden soon find they have a murder on their hands when an attractive young woman is found strangled in the park. When Murdoch and Constable Crabtree search the woman's lodgings, they find some very risqué photographs of the young woman leading them straight to a known pornographer, Marcus Evans. He denies having anything to do with the young woman's death but Murdoch is shocked to find photos of Sally Pendrick, whose husband James he has long suspected of criminal activity. Mrs. Pendrick eventually admits to having posed for the photos and that she is now being blackmailed. When Murdoch accompanies her to a meeting with her blackmailer, they are nearly killed but it all seems too easy for Murdoch who thinks someone was out to kill her all along. Dr. Ogden meanwhile is growing impatient with her life. Her romance with Murdoch seems to be going nowhere and she is now seriously considering an offer to practice medicine away from Toronto. Written by
13The Tesla Effect
Detective Murdoch investigates the death by electrocution of Morris Garbutt, a former research associate of the famous Nikola Tesla. Tesla has been experimenting with a new form of energy that is transmitted through the air, called microwaves. The evidence points to James Pendrick, but he is in jail. Murdoch soon realizes he has been a fool, about many things, and sets his sights on the perpetrator of this and several other crimes. Dr. Ogden tells Murdoch she is seriously considering an offer to be the head of pediatric surgery at a new hospital in Buffalo. Murdoch is somewhat taken aback and is convinced there is something else that is driving her away. Written by
1Tattered and Torn
Episode 1: Tattered and TornWhen a strange case crosses his desk; body parts a foot, a hand and a headless torso - have surfaced along the Don River. Ogdens replacement, Dr. Francis Philpott, insists the body parts are from one murder victim. But Murdoch has his doubts and contacts Ogden. Initially reluctant, Julia cant help but be intrigued by the case. Murdoch secretly ships her the evidence and Ogdens examination reveals they are dealing with three different victims but likely one killer.
Det. Murdoch investigates a series of deaths among members of a Toronto military regiment. All were in the same squad under the command of British Maj. Gregory Bole, on loan to train them in a new kind of warfare using what's called kommando tactics. When Murdoch learns that the men had signed a tontine agreement where the last man living would inherit all of the others investments, he thinks he's identified the killer, Matthew Larson who resigned from the regiment a few months before. It's not that simple however and when Murdoch learns that others in the squad are all hospitalized with a mysterious disease, he has to look to a training assignment they undertook in South Africa earlier in the year. Written by
Despite a brazen and puzzling break-in at Station 4, a seemingly indifferent Murdoch asks Inspector Brackenreid for a few days off. Puzzled by the request, Brackenreid grants his beleaguered detective's request. It turns out that Murdoch wants to travel to Buffalo, New York, to help Dr. Ogden investigate the death of one of her young cancer patients - a death she suspects may have been a murder committed by one of her hospital colleagues. Ogden's suspicions are bolstered when a hospital nurse is found dead. As Murdoch and Ogden work together to determine if and how the two deaths are linked, Murdoch can't help but feel the flames of romance being rekindled. But does Ogden feel the same way? Meanwhile, back in Toronto, Brackenreid, along with Constables Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch), investigates the seemingly pointless break-in and discovers that there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. Written by
When Percival Jenkins, the master of a wealthy household, is found face down in his morning porridge, Murdoch is plunged into the complex and stratified world of the upstairs rich and downstairs poor. He comes to realize that any one of the household's many occupants had reason to murder the malevolent and lecherous old man: his hard-hearted wife, either of his two sons - the lazy, resentful elder and the dutiful, aggrieved younger (Craig Olejnik), the younger son's snubbed fiancée, or any of the downstairs staff - the butler (Simon Williams), the footmen, the matron, or any of the various put-upon maids. Meanwhile, Murdoch is surprised and delighted when Dr. Ogden shows up from Buffalo - she's a friend of the Jenkins' family. But, when Dr. Francis catches Dr. Ogden working in his morgue, Francis quits - much to the chagrin of Inspector Brackenreid. With Francis out of the picture, Murdoch suggests that Ogden stay in Toronto. But will she accept? Brackenreid puts aside his anger, realizing that Ogden's insight into the Jenkins' family can help Murdoch solve the murder. Written by
Det. Murdoch investigates the disappearance of Monique Poirier, a young French woman who was in Toronto visiting her sister Sophie. She had returned to her room at the hotel to get her camera but then just vanished into thin air. Also in town is a handsome young police Inspector from France, Marcel Guillaume, also looking for someone. They first suspect Sophie's husband, Roderick Dalewood, but photos suggest his own sexual appetites lay elsewhere. The case is further complicated when they find the body of a young woman in a steamer trunk, badly burned with acid. Murdoch has a new way of getting a photograph sent to him by wire. Insp. Brackenreid meanwhile is approached by a group of businessmen to run for city council. There is a price however for his support. Written by
6Dead End Street
While attending an agricultural show, Detective Murdoch is amazed at the quality and detail of a miniature street scene that is on display. It includes several houses and several miniature residents. It also includes a man standing in a second floor room pointing a rifle. Murdoch quickly concludes that he is looking at the recreation of a murder scene. He quickly finds the Toronto neighborhood depicted in the model and learns that it was created by Lydia Howland, an idiot-savant who does not speak but has a photographic memory. He is certain that she witnessed a murder and now has to figure how to get at her memories and determine which of the people depicted in the miniature is the real-life killer. Written by
Det. Murdoch and Const. Crabtree investigate when a body is uncovered by workmen. The remains are quite old and date from perhaps the mid-1860s. Dr. Ogden's review of the remains indicate that he might have been murdered. Among the remains is a gin flask with a note secreted in a false bottom. The note is signed by none other than the man who would later become Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald. The dead man is soon identified and Murdoch's old nemesis from Ottawa, spook Terence Meyers, is on the scene as well. A surprise visitor to the station gives them vital information about the theft of $1 million in gold and a connection to the U.S. Civil War. Written by
8Dial M for Murdoch
Det. Murdoch and Const. Crabtree investigate the murder of a street urchin who they subsequently learn went by the name of Pip. Dr. Ogden determines that the boy was strangled with something that left a unique mark on the his neck. She also notes that he was wearing a proper and quite new suit of clothes, something odd for a boy who lived on the street. Their investigation leads them to another young boy named Dorrie. It seems pretty clear that the children are the bottom rung of a gang that specializes in burglarizing homes while the occupants are away on holidays or business trips. The police are assisted throughout by a young telephone operator, Tess Moffatt, who would love to be an investigator. Meanwhile Inspector Brackenreid hits the campaign trail in his quest for a seat on city council. Written by
9The Black Hand
Det. Murdoch investigates the shooting death of a New York City man on a Toronto streetcar. He was shot in the stomach but no one heard a shot. Back at the station, he's surprised to find his friend from Bristol, Anna Fulford, who has come to Toronto via New York city with her fiancé and are on their way to Niagara Falls to be married. He's vanished however and Anna is naturally worried. Soon after confirming that the dead man is not her fiancé, someone takes a shot at her. After making enquiries with the New York City police, Murdoch learns of a new kind of criminal organization known as the Black Hand. Insp. Brackeneid meanwhile is uncomfortable when his political backer orders him to get rid of a band of gypsies that are camping in the woods. Written by
Just as the Sisters in a Toronto religious convent are about to bury one of their own, they see that there is already a body in the grave. Det. Murdoch investigates but is shocked to find that his sister Susannah is the Mother Superior. They had not seen each other for 20 years when she left for convent school as a 14 year-old eventually joining a cloistered order. She had received a dispensation from her vow of silence and has been in Toronto for five months, something that disturbs William as she had not contacted him. The dead man was wearing a clerical collar but is later identified as a crook with a criminal record. Murdoch finds the place on the convent grounds where the man was murdered and is convinced that the killer is to be found among the religious sisters. Written by
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of a young female student attending a residential boarding school in Toronto. She was found on the school grounds in a fountain and Dr. Ogden confirms that she drowned. Somewhat ominously, she has several cuts and the doctor confirms she had lost 3 pints of blood. She also has what appears to be two bite marks on her neck. Constable Crabtree, who has been reading Dracula by
12The Kissing Bandit
Toronto is hit with a series of bank robberies where the lone gunman not only takes the money but kisses a pretty girl before running off. Pesky Toronto Gazette reporter Patty Glenn is all over it which is proving to be more sensational than the the recent vampire stories. Oddly however, the stolen money turns up on the doorstep of a local orphanage. When the thief robs the same bank for a second time and kisses the same girl, Annabelle Rose, Murdoch begins to suspect that he may have taken a particular liking to the girl. When the bandit robs the bank for a third but kills Annabelle with a revolver, Murdoch thinks he may have the solution. Meanwhile, Dr. Julia Ogden's vivacious sister, Ruby, is back in Toronto to attend Julia's upcoming marriage to Dr. Darcy Garland. She's not convinced that Julia and William no longer have feelings for one another. Written by
13Murdoch in Wonderland
With the wedding of Dr. Ogden and Dr. Darcy Garland just days away, Detective Murdoch awakens from a drugged stupor at a crime scene to find that he is the prime suspect in the murder of Randolph Littlefair, the guest of honor at the previous night's Alice in Wonderland costume party. Inspector Brackenreid believes Murdoch was framed, but when Station House 3's Inspector Giles (Nigel Bennett) is handed the case, Giles orders Murdoch jailed until the truth is known. Giles interrogates Murdoch about the party, but nothing in Murdoch's hazy memory can exonerate him. The case against him grows even stronger when it's learned he arrested Littlefair years earlier. The fact that Littlefair wasn't convicted suggests Murdoch took the law into his own hands. To discover the truth, Murdoch escapes from jail to look for the one guest at the party who knew Littlefair back then as well. Meanwhile, Ruby Ogden discovers that Murdoch had intended to propose to her sister, Julia - throwing Julia into emotional turmoil hours before her wedding. When Julia sends an impassioned note to Murdoch, he faces an agonizing choice: see justice done in Littlefair's murder or rush to the church to stop the wedding. The choice he makes stuns Brackenreid and could well mean the end of Murdoch's career. Written by
1Murdoch of the Klondike
28 Feb 2012Description ▼
On suspension for interfering in an investigation, and on the run for surreptitiously freeing a murderer to make amends, William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) has left Toronto, and police work, for the Yukon in pursuit of solace and fortune. Back in the city, newly promoted Chief Constable Giles (Nigel Bennett) makes it clear to Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), that he'll be keeping a very close eye on police matters. Meanwhile, Murdoch's beloved former associate, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), is now working alongside Acting Detective George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly), a feisty young protégé. In the remote north, Murdoch is pleased to discover that his fledgling prospecting career may garner great success, a small comfort after Julia's marriage to another man. But as he tries to rebuild his life, he finds himself drawn into the case of Mrs. Elizabeth Bryant (Jill Halfpenny), an innkeeper charged with murder. The plot thickens when writer Jack London (Aaron Ashmore) lends his insights, and Murdoch soon realizes that while he had hoped to leave his shattered heart and tattered career back in Toronto, his days as a detective are not behind him.
2Back and to the Left
On parade day, the local members of the Orange are out in strength but an assassin's bullet, which may have been intended for Mayor Hopkins, kills an Alderman. The police have conflicting reports of where the gun shot came from but Murdoch quickly locates the room from where the gun was fired. Brackenreid orders Murdoch to round up the usual trouble makers - mostly Irish Catholics - but he makes little headway. Murdoch sees Dr. Ogden for the first time since his return and her protégé Dr. Emily Grace conducts the autopsy and is impressed with her interpretation what happened. The police have confiscated all of the cameras from parade watchers and one of them seems to point them to their man. It's not that simple however as Murdoch uncovers that more than one shot was fired. Written by
3Evil Eye of Egypt
13 Mar 2012Description ▼
The release of Constable George Crabtree's (Jonny Harris) adventure novel, The Curse of the Pharaohs, fortuitously coincides with the exhibition of a recently discovered mummy's tomb. At the event, Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is charmed by Dr. Iris Bajjali (Athena Karkanis), an archeologist involved in the recent discovery. But when one of the other expedition archaeologists opens the sarcophagus for the audience, a cobra strikes and he's killed instantly. Murdoch immediately shuts down the exhibition, taking the casket as evidence. Organizer Desmond Rutherford (Aidan Devine) is outraged, but his ailing associate Phillip Uxbridge (Julian Richings) is relieved. Uxbridge tells Murdoch that everyone involved in the expedition is cursed. Given the research he did for his novel, Crabtree appoints himself the constabulary's ancient Egypt expert and schools his skeptical superior, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), on the sequence of tragedies tied to the famous mummy's curse. Both Brackenreid and Murdoch are seeking more pragmatic answers, but as the bodies begin to pile up, it appears that Crabtree's strange explanations may have some merit.
4War on Terror
20 Mar 2012Description ▼
An explosion at a market shop knocks Constables Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) to the street. Detective Murdoch's (Yannick Bisson) survey of the scene uncovers a homemade incendiary device. Peter Milne (Brock Johnson), the irate shopkeeper, demands to Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) that the police cover his considerable losses. But with Higgins seriously injured in the blast, Brackenreid is enraged by his selfishness. Further investigation reveals many other neighbours don't think favourably of Milne, particularly Angus Trout (John Jarvis), who was driven out of business by the aggressive merchant. As Murdoch, Higgins and Brackenreid develop theories about the incident, Brackenreid believes the constabulary may have been the actual targets, given the proximity of the shop to a new police callbox. The notion is quickly quashed when Murdoch is greeted by Terrance Meyers (Peter Keleghan), a high-level government official. Meyers suggests that the Canadian government's diplomatic effort to secure a state visit by the American President was the motive. As for suspects, he's certain he knows who was behind what he deems an anarchist terror attack - noted Communist and labour activist Emma Goldman (Lisa Goldman). But to make the case, they'll need to infiltrate the dangerous group.
5Murdoch at the Opera
27 Mar 2012Description ▼
When Elvira Cummings (Alison Jantzie), a young opera singer, is poisoned during a rehearsal of La bohème, Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) suspects the intended victim was Madame Rosa Hamilton (Measha Brueggergosman), the diva who stormed off stage moments before her protégé collapsed. Showing her thoroughness and skill, Dr. Grace's (Georgina Reilly) autopsy brings her to the same conclusion as Murdoch: the aspiring soprano was killed by a fast-acting poison, likely slipped into her prop glass by one of the other on-stage performers. A serious opera aficionado, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) takes a personal interest in the crime, and the famed and flirtatious soprano, inflaming the jealousy of his wife Margaret (Arwen Humphreys). Further investigation into the opera company uncovers almost unanimous disdain for Rosa, and a rumoured love triangle between Rosa, her longtime lover, tenor Carlo Corsi (Paulino Nunes), and the dead singer. As Murdoch, Brackenreid and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) delve for answers, the dramatic behind the scenes machinations reach operatic heights.
6Who Killed the Electric Carriage?
03 Apr 2012Description ▼
When the inventor of a nickel and cadmium battery is murdered, Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) suspects the killer might be an associate or rival. His investigation quickly leads him to James Pendrick (Peter Stebbings), the eccentric entrepreneur he's met on numerous other occasions. Pendrick has created an astonishing bullet-shaped vehicle that runs on electric power stored in the remarkable battery. Pendrick convinces Murdoch to climb into the tiny cockpit and race the vehicle down a country road. Murdoch is enthralled, and confounded that while many clues point to Pendrick as a suspect, what could incite him to kill an important associate? Meanwhile, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) fears that his wife may be seeing another man. He enlists Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) to spy and report any untoward behaviour. Despite his initial trepidation, Crabtree complies and discovers a shocking secret. As Murdoch continues his murder investigation, he learns that Pendrick was aggressively soliciting investors through a public stock offering to expand production. His goal is to create a vehicle that will rival those of Henry Ford's Detroit Motor Company. To prove his mettle, and the superiority of his transportation invention, Pendrick stages a motor race. As Murdoch watches the spectacle, he gains further insights into this strange new world of modern innovation and...murder.
7Stroll on the Wild Side part 1
10 Apr 2012Description ▼
When Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) investigates the abduction of Lucille Messing (Tori Anderson) a shy, churchgoing librarian, he's stunned to discover his former love, Anna Fulford (Lisa Faulkner), working at the library under an alias. Murdoch has grave fears for her safety since the Black Hand, a criminal syndicate responsible for murdering her fiancé, still has a price on her head. Realizing that Lucille's disappearance was not a case of mistaken identity, Anna believes that since she's already been in Toronto for months unnoticed, her life is no longer threatened. Goaded by a rival police inspector, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) enlists Constable Crabtree (Johnny Harris), Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) and the rest of the constabulary to form a baseball team. Meanwhile, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) finds herself in a jail cell at the station house after a scandalized citizen complains that she's teaching birth control to women. Though Murdoch's religious beliefs conflict with her progressive stance, he admires her sense of moral duty. Her husband, Dr. Darcy Garland (Jonathan Watton), does as well - up to a point. As Murdoch's investigation takes him into Toronto's sordid underbelly of gambling dens and brothels, Anna tags along, intrigued by the adventure. Slowly seduced by her warmth and curiosity, Murdoch accepts Anna's conviction she's safe - a belief they may soon come to regret.
8Stroll on the Wild Side part 2
17 Apr 2012Description ▼
Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is forced to shoot a man threatening the life of his lover, Anna Fulford (Lisa Faulkner). But when Anna doesn't recognize her assailant, it's apparent to Murdoch that the Black Hand crime syndicate is watching her with intent to kill. Struggling for a way to ensure her freedom, he's also immersed in the investigation of a young librarian's murder. While delving into the sordid world of taverns, gambling dens and brothels, he's invited to a hotel room by a mysterious woman (Bryn McAuley) whose seduction resembles that of the dead woman. Dr. Ogden (Hélène Joy) abandons her efforts to promote birth control and returns to her medical practice. However, her growing frustration with the wellbeing of her patients sends her back on her crusade, with potentially damaging consequences. Emboldened by Murdoch's compliments on his police work and the inspector naming him pitcher, Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris) invites Dr. Grace (Georgina Reilly) to attend the baseball game. Scheming to win the game and his wager, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) tries to entice a ringer to switch sides. When Murdoch finds the woman who propositioned him dead, the discovery leads to an underground world of pornographic stories and shocking practices. During his investigation, he meets the Black Hand's menacing Falcone (Michael Miranda) and is forced into a compromising bargain to save the woman he loves.
Detective Murdoch investigate the shooting death of inventor Karl Schreyer who was shot at an inventor's convention. He was very much disliked by his fellow inventors who accused him of stealing their ideas for his own use. He had contacted Murdoch after receiving a threatening note and he was there when Schreyer was shot giving his thank you speech for winning the Eaton Prize for most commercially viable invention in this case, a vacuum cleaner. Murdoch's biggest problem is to figure out just how an assassin could shoot him without being seen. While the evidence points to other inventors as responsible for the murder, an invention by Alexander Graham Bell provides the solution to the crime. Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree tries to commercialize some of Murdoch's inventions. Written by
10Staircase to Heaven
Detective Murdoch is called out to a remote house when one of the guests, Jacob Oliver, is murdered. There he finds Dr. Grace who was also a guest in the house. It's quickly apparent to Murdoch that something is wrong and he finally learns the truth: everyone there was playing cards to see who would have the privilege to die. Dr. Grace and her friends have been seeking to glimpse the afterlife by inducing death and then bringing the person back to life. There is no doubt one of the card players was killed however - he has a piece of metal in his throat. Back at the station, Inspector Brackenreid and Constable Crabtree are guarding Ned Watts, a man who has agreed to give evidence against the notorious killer known as Randolph the Razor. It's not going to be a quiet evening. Written by
11Murdoch in Toyland
08 May 2012Description ▼
Detective Murdoch investigates the apparent kidnapping of a child, Veronica Bowden, where a talking doll is left in her bed. When he winds up the toy, it mentions Murdoch by name and asks if he wants to play. Murdoch traces the doll to a blond woman living in a hotel where he surprisingly finds Veronica safe and sound. She has a doll for him that has yet another message for the detective. Dr. Julia Ogden drops in at the station unexpectedly and suggests that someone Murdoch may have previously arrested is now out for revenge. She's right and now he's kidnapped Dr. Ogden.
12Murdoch Night in Canada
15 May 2012Description ▼
13Twentieth Century Murdoch
22 May 2012Description ▼
It's Christmas-time and the dawn of the new century but for Detective Murdoch, there are crimes to be solved. Gideon Turner escapes custody and prevents a man from being killed on the street. He claims knew it was going to happen because he has traveled to the to the future. Murdoch is dubious, needless to say, and has Turner examined by Dr. Roberts at the insane asylum where he also meets Julia Ogden who has taken an interest in psychiatry. The man behind it all is Dr. Harms and as his time machine begins to gain believers, he seems to be making a fortune. Murdoch is convinced there is a realistic scientific explanation for what is happening. Meanwhile, Crabtree frets over asking Dr. Grace to accompany him to the Policeman's Ball on New Year's Eve and Inspector Brackenreid weighs a job offer.
Detective Murdoch finds that the man behind a flying machine that crashes in Toronto is none other than his old nemesis, James Pendrick. He learns that Pendrick is hoping to win a $1 million prize for the first controlled flight. A body is found in the rubble of the crash but someone is clearly out to steal his invention. Murdoch also has to deal with Ottawa-based spymaster Terence Meyers who says it's all a national security matter. Meanwhile, Julia returns from Vienna intent on practicing psychiatry. She's also hoping to have her marriage to D'Arcy annulled.
2Winston's Lost Night
The police are called to a local hotel where Detective Murdoch finds the body of Reginald Mayfair who, it appears, has been run through with a sword. Also in the room is his unconscious friend - none other than Winston Churchill, who is in Toronto to give a lecture. Churchill and Mayfair been out the night before and were both quite drunk - which perhaps explains why he can't remember a thing. Murdoch and Churchill set off to trace his steps and hopefully find the murderer in the process. Meanwhile, Murdoch faces a dilemma when Julia Ogden is unable to lie in court in order to obtain her annulment.
3Murdoch on the Corner
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Edgar Leeman who was shot by someone when he answered a knock at the door. His last words, overheard by his wife were 'I'm sorry no'. There's soon a second victim Thelma Green and then a third, Robert Grimsby. They have little in common except to have perhaps come into some unexpected money. When constables Crabtree and Higgins find a wallet with $10 inside, they return it to address they find inside. They soon after learn that several such wallets have been returned to that address and Murdoch concludes that the killer is punishing those who don't. Murdoch devises a new camera that takes a photo every four seconds and sets it it on the street to see who might be leaving the wallets.
4A Study in Sherlock
5Murdoch Au Naturel
6Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom
7The Ghost of Queen's Park
8Murdoch in Ladies Wear
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Preston Monk, manager of the ladies-wear department at Eaton's department store. He's found dead on top of the store's elevator cage and Dr. Grace's autopsy reveals that he had been likely struck on the head. Monk had been hired from Harrod's in London and was a difficult task master as far as the young women who worked for him are concerned. One in particular, Eva Pearce, seemed to meet his exacting standards and is named acting manager after his death. A burly man with a large mustache was seen speaking to him around the time he died. Murdoch realizes he is being manipulated by one of the suspects. Written by
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of a pawnbroker, Samuel MacGinnis, who was killed while working late one night in his shop. One of his clients, Louise Butler, witnessed the robbery but is traumatized and now finds herself unable to walk. Inspector Brackenreid meanwhile gets a message from an old army friend, Reg Pullen, to visit him in prison. Reg saved Brackenreid's life and the lives of several other soldiers and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. He fell on hard times and into a life of petty crime and had his medal taken away. He arrives at the prison too late as his friend is found hanging in his cell. Dr. Grace however determines that he was actually strangled and then hung to make it look like a suicide. Murdoch and Brackenreid soon realize that their two cases are connected. Written by
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of young woman, Judith Winslow, found on the waterfront at the Toronto Athletic Club. Dr. Grace determines the young woman died from drowning though she was struck on the head before going into the water. She worked as a secretary at a financial firm run by Alvin Storey but had ambitions to be a journalist. According to her roommate Sophia Lucas, she had no enemies. The police soon have a second murder when Ethel Morgan is found dead in a alleyway - also having drowned. A third victim - Virginie Rousseau - is found before Murdoch finds the connection between the three. Emily Grace - champion croquet player for two years running - returns to the athletic club - she was not welcome there once she broke off her engagement - after hearing that Canada will be sending a croquet player to the Paris Olympics. Written by
11Lovers in a Murderous Time
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Tobias Pincher who is found run through with a pitchfork in the stables of the Imperial Hotel. The police have yet to finish examining the scene of the crime when they are approached by a woman, Felicity Dawes, claiming to know there's a dead man inside. She also claims to Pincher's fiancée. When Julia has a chance to talk to her she recounts seeing the murder - and then realizes she is the murderer. Julia doubts she is the killer and believes is delusional. Murdoch links shoe prints in the stables with a Spanish visitor, Carl Rodriguez, who readily admits having had an altercation with Pincher the night before but denies killing him. When Dawes also confesses to Murdoch, Rodriguez does the same. The solution is to follow the money. Written by
12Crime & Punishment
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Julia Ogden's husband, Dr. Darcy Garland who is found on his living room floor with a bullet through the head. No murder weapon can be found and there is no sign of forced entry. His housekeeper, a somewhat hostile Mrs. Weller, confirms that Garland kept a gun in the house. She also says she had been given the day off by Julia who, according to the neighbor Mrs. Smythe, arrived a short while later. Chief Constable Giles removes Murdoch from the case given his relationship with Julia and takes charge of it himself. As the evidence mounts, Julia is arrested and goes on trial. Murdoch is convinced she is being framed. Written by
13The Murdoch Trap
With Julia Ogden in jail awaiting execution for the murder of her husband, Murdoch, Brackenreid and Crabtree work to locate James Gillies who they are certain concocted this devious plot. Murdoch and Brackenreid have to work from home and Chief Constable Gillies has suspended them both. Crabtree and Dr. Grace try to figure out why there was no gunpowder residue on the dead D'Arcy Garland. They manage to show how Gillies could have pulled it off but Judge Matthews remains unconvinced and refuses to issue a stay of execution unless there is direct proof of Julia's innocence. As the clock ticks down toward her execution, Murdoch revisits the murder scene and is taken prisoner by Gillies who gives him a choice: Julia can die or he can die and she will live. Written by
Detective Murdoch and Inspector Brackenreid are aboard the SS Keewatin after the owner, Clarence MacFarlane, receives what he believes is a threat. The Keewatin is about to depart from Toronto on its maiden voyage destined for Rochester, N.Y. and Murdoch thinks they should stay on board, especially after he sees that Julia is one of the invited guests. Their presence proves useful after MacFarlane's daughter Amy, who is engaged to her father's chief financial officer Owen Mathers, falls overboard and is nowhere to be found. As Murdoch investigates he finds there is a real threat against the Keewatin and the true facts behind Amy's disappearance. Written by garykmcd
2Tour de Murdoch
Detective Murdoch investigates the sudden death of bicycle racer Joe Fenton. Murdoch was himself a participant...
3The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch
01 Jan 1970Description ▼
Detective Murdoch and many others attend a special showing of a film that will also include sound. The man behind the scheme is James Pendrick and his main competitor, Thomas Edison, is also present for the showing. The film includes a scene where a shot is fired but when the lights come up, one of the patrons, Pendrick's principal investor, has been shot in the head. Thanks to an observation by Dr. Ogden, Murdoch concludes that the shot was intended for Pendrick himself. Pendrick decides to make a film about the cases of Detective Murdoch but in one scene, the actor playing Murdoch is shot by a real bullet. In the original script a character called constable Tom, played by Pendrick, was to be shot again seeming to confirm that Pendrick is the main target. With the investigation ongoing, movie making is proving to be a distraction.
4Return of Sherlock Holmes
01 Jan 1970Description ▼
Murdoch finds his investigation into a nanny's disappearance assisted by the man who considers himself the real Sherlock Holmes.
5Murdoch of the Living Dead
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Emily Fuller whose body is found on the riverbank. They trace her to her home where her husband Jeremiah is completely impassive. The dead woman's daughter Betty says her father has been like this since he had been away recently for a few days. Dr. Grace determines that the Emily did not drown, as they had initially suspected, but was strangled by someone with a very large hand. Constable Crabtree thinks he knows what's happened after he finds that Jeremiah is officially dead - he's now a Haitian zombie, risen from the dead. After Dr. Grace finds that a second victim's brain has been operated on, Murdoch thinks he knows who they are dealing with.
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Sarah Bosen who apparently threw herself from her hospital room window and breaking her neck in the fall. Sarah was being treated by Julia Ogden for arachnophobia and had been making some progress in overcoming her fears. Murdoch however finds a dead spider in her room. The three remaining members of the treatment group begin to have their doubts about their therapy. Julia's colleague, Dr. Charles Linden, thinks her therapy is a waste of time and as far as he is concerned, Sarah's death proves him correct. He launches a formal complaint to have her research terminated. When her other patients are forced to face their phobias, Murdoch concludes that someone is trying to kill her patients. Meanwhile, Crabtree tries to save his pet spider from Dr. Grace's experiments and Dr. Ogden helps Murdoch overcome his own irrational fear.
7Loch Ness Murdoch
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Katie Buchanan who is found dead at the beach, on a hot summer's day, by her friend Elaine Lawson. Both were entrants in a beauty pageant known as the Miss Purity competition, to select the new face of Alexander soap. Dr. Ogden, who is spending her day off at the beach finds what appears to be a large animal bite on the woman's torso. Katie's boyfriend, James Bennett, had recently left her for another competitor, Marie Nicholson and becomes the prime suspect. Inspector Brackenreid however is certain he saw a monster in Lake Ontario and Murdoch is skeptical until he too sees a creature in the water. Constable Crabtree is dismissive of any suggestion that there might be a monster in the water and pursues a more realistic line of inquiry.
8Republic of Murdoch
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Peter Farrelly who had a loud altercation with someone the night before his body was found. Dr. Grace determines he was beaten to death. She also found chloral hydrate in his system - a bottle of which they found in the victim's luggage. They believe both the victim and his killer are from Newfoundland and so Murdoch and Crabtree head off to St. John's in the hopes of finding the suspected killer Ezekiel Farrelly. Crabtree was actually raised in St. John's by several aunts who, it turns out, have an interesting occupation. The solution to murder lies with finding an old pirate treasure map.
9A Midnight Train to Kingston
Detective Murdoch, Inspector Brackenreid, Dr. Ogden and several others are transporting serial killer James Gillies to the prison in Kingston, Ontario where he is scheduled to be executed the next day. It creates a bit of a stir among the passengers when they learn who is being transported. Among them are Aaron Rauls, a late arrival on the train and Nathaniel Henry. Both come under suspicion when the police find a dead man, Dennis Bolton who was released from the Don jail just a week ago. There's no direct connection between Bolton and Gillies but both were in the same jail at the same time. As tensions rise, it becomes evident that Gillies has arranged for several ex-convicts to be on the train - all part of his plan to escape.
10Murdoch in Ragtime
Detective Murdoch investigates the murder of Nathan Peters, a jazz musician and renowned band-leader, who was found dead at the docks. His group, the Jubilee Singers, was performing nearby and his wife had already reported him missing. Dr. Emily Grace determines that he died in the early hours of the morning from a blow to the head causing a subdural hemorrhage. The evidence in the case begins to point to one of the Jubilee Singers as the perpetrator. Much to George Crabtree's chagrin, Emily seems to have taken an interest in the roguish Leslie Garland. Julia meanwhile feels that a huge weight has been taken off her shoulders now that James Gillian is dead.
11Journey to the Centre of Toronto
Detective Murdoch investigates a series of robberies where the thieves have dug through the the ground and into various shops or banks. The thieves only steal diamonds however. Murdoch suspects the thief is using some type of boring device and that he and Julia may have actually felt it burrowing under the ground the night of the first robbery. Constable Crabtree develops his own theories after interviewing Elva Gordon, a deep cave explorer who believes the Earth is hollow and that there might be an entire world of people living underground. Crabtree now believes "mole people" may be at work. That theory doesn't impress Murdoch who decides to use modern technology to track the boring machine.
On his deathbed, Jeffrey Roundhill confesses to having killed his wife Evelyn some 8 years before and tells Murdoch where to find her remains. Dr. Grace confirms the identity of the skeleton as that of Mrs. Roundhill but the manner in which she died doesn't match Roundhill's statement. Further investigation reveals that Roundhill was actually in Winnipeg on the day his wife disappeared. Julia recalls a case, that of Amelia Thompson, who was killed just as Roundhill describes. At the time, Murdoch was convinced that her husband was responsible for his wife's death. Could the two men have killed each other's spouse? Meanwhile, George Crabtree hasn't seen much of Emily lately and takes Leslie Garland to task for interfering in their relationship.
13The Murdoch Sting
14Friday the 13th, 1901
Julia, Emily and four of their friends head off to a remote cabin on an island. It's a party to celebrate Lavinda's upcoming wedding to Cedric Maxwell. Cedric's sister is part of the party and she and her brother own the family retreat. Julia is obviously not happy and confides in Emily. Before long however, the women are being killed, one by one. Still reeling from Julia's rejection of his marriage proposal, Murdoch immerses himself in his work. When a drunken Crabtree challenges Leslie Garland to a curling match, he has to put a foursome together. Murdoch declines an invitation to join but applies his scientific approach to helping them play better.
15The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold
After the assassination of U.S. President McKinley in Buffalo, Ottawa-based spy Terrance Myers shows in Toronto. The Canadian government is concerned that some of the assassin's co-conspirators may try to make their way to Canada to avoid U.S. authorities. Rumors have it that Emma Goldman is back in Toronto and the police begin rounding up anyone who might be considered the least bit subversive. Among them is Anton Wocek who is later found dead in a warehouse with Myers standing by him with the gun in his hand. That's enough for the supremely arrogant American spy Allen Clegg who believes Myers is part of the conspiracy. Murdoch sets out to prove Myers' innocence and find out exactly what is going on.
16Kung Fu Crabtree
With Murdoch away, Constable Crabtree finds himself investigating the apparent death by poisoning of...
17Blast of Silence
Detective Murdoch and his colleagues face an entirely new dilemma when they find a local industrialist, Richard Welch, tied down at the top of a telephone pole with a noise-activated bomb strapped to his chest. Mayor Clarkson orders all industries in the area shut down and the police do their best to keep the noise pollution to a minimum. Under pressure, the mayor eventually relents and work resumes leading to the bomb going off. The next victim turns out to be the mayor himself and Murdoch has only 3 hours to find the culprit and deactivate the device. Meanwhile, Julia is increasingly frustrated as Murdoch has yet to ask to ask her the big question.
18The Death of Dr. Ogden
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Oliver Hoyle who is found in the billiard room of his posh club. Hoyle was part of a group of competitive puzzle solvers and he may have been killed after solving a puzzle published by Edgar Allen Poe many years ago. It appears that one of his competitors killed him to get the glory for himself. Meanwhile, Julia visits her father Lionel but arrives only to learn that her father has died. His physician, Dr. Bradley, believes he died of heart failure sometime in the night. Julia is confused, particularly when Dr. Bradley refuses to undertake an autopsy. Murdoch soon joins her and initially doubts that anything illegal has happened. He reconsiders when he learns that Julia has found a needle mark in her father's neck and a new neighbor is the beneficiary in his will.
1On the Waterfront: Part 1
Det. Murdoch investigates the murder of Richard Dawkins who was beaten to death at the dinner table by two masked men just as he was about to make an important announcement to his business associates. Since nothing was stolen Murdoch's new boss, Inspector Hamish Slorach, calls the killing an assassination. Dawkins was rumored to be selling his chandlery business. The harbor master says Dawkins was anything but a saint and the police should look to the seedier side for a solution to his death. Const. Jackson is badly beaten by two thugs which seems to confirm Murdoch's suspicion that the men who beat Inspector Brackenreid are the same ones who killed Dawkins. When they find a dead woman on the shore, Dr. Grace determines she was clubbed to death the night before the attack on Dawkins and was manacled before she died. Meanwhile, suffragettes recruit Julia to their movement and she is joined by Emily Grace. Receiving little support politically, they decide to hold a protest march. They ...
2On the Waterfront: Part 2
The police continue their search for Mick and Tim O'Shea but Inspector Brackenreid is also out on his own looking for them. Murdoch finds someone who confirms that the O'Sheas killed Richard Dawkins but the man also suggests that the O'Sheas aren't working alone. Mrs. Cecily McKinnon, the harbor master, says she knows nothing of extortion on the docks but when pressed, points the finger at one of the merchants, Lionel Jeffries. When the O'Sheas are found dead, shot through the head, Brackentreid becomes the number one suspect. Meanwhile, the ladies who participated in the suffragette protest - including Drs. Ogden and Grace - are still in jail. In court, they find that Leslie Garland is one of the Crown attorneys prosecuting them. They get a bit of a boost when Clara Brett Martin, the first woman lawyer so recognized in the British Empire, offers to represent them.
Legendary U.S. lawman Bat Masterson is in Toronto and claims to have seen the equally legendary Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Masterson is now a newspaperman and he's already filed a story about the sighting with his New York paper. Murdoch is doubtful about the whole thing and is under the impression that Butch and Sundance had fled to Argentina the previous year. Brackenreid is keen however - and just a big starstruck - and they set off to find the two men Masterson says he saw. After the Bank of Toronto is robbed - and that quickly followed by a train robbery - Masterson's claims appear confirmed. Masterson himself thinks otherwise and comes clean. Meanwhile, Julia and William's wedding day is fast approaching but they have yet to select just where they will be married. Julia has an idea however. The men of Station 4 plan Murdoch's bachelor party.
4Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!
After testifying at Mary Thompson's trial for murdering her husband Percival that the woman is criminally insane and should be committed to an asylum, Julia Ogden receives an anonymous postcard saying she has condemned an innocent woman. Julia and Detective Murdoch re-examine the case and find an anomaly in the time-line but the Crown Attorney isn't interested as he's convinced the woman is guilty. Further investigation reveals that Percival Thompson's business partner, Alexander Wainwright, automatically assumed 100% of their business upon Thompson's death - an agreement they signed just one week before the murder. Wainwright promptly vanishes. With the assistance of the indefatigable Mrs. Brackenreid, who has clearly taken charge, Julia is in the final preparations for her wedding. She and William make it to the altar on the big day but midway through the ceremony they realize they overlooked something very important in the Thompson case.
5Murdoch Takes Manhattan
During their honeymoon in New York, Murdoch and Ogden uncover a deadly conspiracy threatening U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, while Brackenreid and Dr. Grace investigate a murder by motorcar back in Toronto. |
6The Murdoch Appreciation Society
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of a man found dead on a park bench. Dr. Grace initially determines that he was stabbed in the abdomen but subsequently concludes he was actually suffocated. He also has dried blood on his index finger and three pages from a Mark Twain novel on him. When he returns to the station Murdoch meets Owen Hume who reports that his employer, lawyer Randolph Sampson, has been missing for two days and subsequently identifies him as the man in the park. Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree investigates the disappearance of a corpse, that of Prof. Andrew Richardson, from the medical school. His brain was the object of a medical study by Dr.Dempsy who is researching the brains of highly intelligent people. When it turns out that Sampson and Richardson are the same person Murdoch learns that he's dealing with a group of admirers who wanted to see him in action so to speak. Julia continues her suffrage activities and lawyer Clara Brett Martin confirms that it's ...
7What Lies Buried
Detective Murdoch finds himself investigating his fellow policemen when a skeleton is found under concrete while Station 4 is undergoing renovation. Dr. Grace determines that the victim was an adult male with the cause of death most likely a blow to the temple. The concrete floor had been poured in 1881 and records indicate that Chief Constable Giles was the detective at Station House 4 at that time. Others who worked there include retired Chief Constable Stockton who was the station's inspector and Brackenreid, who was a uniformed officer. Murdoch and Crabtree soon determine that the victim was Constable Finch who last worked at the station house on the same day the concrete was poured. A broken glass photographic negative that was buried with the victim is the vital clue that leads them to the murderer.
01 Jan 2014
9The Keystone Constables
Inspector Murdoch investigates shooting of vaudeville comedian Bert Grady who is found dead on the street, shot three times in the chest. Grady had just finished his performance at the Bradley theatre, with Constables Crabtree and Higgins in the audience. The shooting looks like - or was made to look like - a robbery. He was not well-liked by others in the show, including a young juggler by the name of W.C. Fields and Ed Ward, Grady's one time comedic partner who is now far less popular on his own. The police find Grady's hotel room ransacked and suspect someone may have been out to steal his jokes. Would-be comedians Crabtree and Higgins join the show undercover and quickly identify Grady's mistress, Eleanor Moffat, wife of the show's manager, Lewis Moffat who became aware of their affair a week ago. A buried body gives them the clue to solving the crime.
10Murdoch and the Temple of Death #8.10
11All That Glitters
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Edward Graham who collapsed in front of the station house. His last words were 'eagle flight'. Graham who, according to Dr. Grace, may have been poisoned had been working as a surveyor for the Ontario government marking out a route for the new Northern Ontario railway. Murdoch and Constable Higgins are soon on their way to the remote town of Haliberry. There are several suspects. Harold Richmond lost a potential fortune when Graham re-routed the railway away from the town; Graham had a relationship with a female miner, Mack who now seems to have an interest in Crabtree; and Graham's assistant doesn't seem to miss his old boss. To solve the crime, Murdoch will have to determine the meaning of the mysterious symbols found on a hand-drawn map. Back in Toronto meanwhile, Inspector Brackenreid enters a painting in an amateur exhibition.
12The Devil Wears Whalebone
01 Jan 2015
Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Nurse Collins who seems to have been killed by a patient, Rose Maxwell, at the insane asylum where Dr, Ogden works. Somehow, the extremely violent Rose managed to get out of her room and knock out the guard, Samuel Drainie. It appears she then used his knife to stab nurse Collins 14 times; there were also bite marks on the body. Rose, who killed her entire family, also blames Dr. Ogden and Dr. Grace for her current predicament and has vowed revenge. Crabtree finds all of the women's fingermarks on the murder weapon but it's the frequent visits from Rose's brother Cedric that initially draws his attention. The solution to the mystery lies elsewhere however.
14Toronto's Girl Problem
When a small group of female thieves pillage a local jewelry store, Dr. Grace and her friend Lillian Moss go undercover to infiltrate the gang, while Murdoch investigates the murder of one of its members. Inspector Brackenreid's nephew Charlie joins the ranks of Station House 4, and promptly rubs Crabtree and the other Constables the wrong way with his abrasive and disingenuous manner. Meanwhile, Emily experiences a revelation of self-discovery, taking decisive steps toward its fulfillment.
01 Jan 2015
Murdoch is sent to hospital after a brutal attack on Queen Street. |
Julia and her colleagues are going to vote for a female candidate so the rights of women will be accomplished. |
Detective Murdoch investigates a series of deaths in which the killer severs the victims' right thumb. The murders have all occurred in quick succession and are somehow related to the racing sheet for the 7th race at Woodbine - only there is no 7th race. There are very few clues for them to go on and Murdoch soon realizes that he has been added to the list of possible victims. Constable Crabtree meanwhile is crushed by the unexpected return of Edna's husband, who everyone thought was dead. His feelings aside, he is outraged when he realizes that the man has beaten her. When Edna's husband is found dead, all of the evidence points to Crabtree as the killer.
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As a visit to Toronto for a speaking engagement by Mark Twain leads to controversy, Murdoch and the team from Station House 4 are tasked with protecting him. |
It is the eve of Dr Grace's departure for England, when a young suffragette is murdered. Murdoch is called to investigate.
A realistic statue of a naked woman is discovered in the park drawing scandalized on-lookers until one takes matters into his own hands. The discovery that it's a murder, leads Murdoch and Julia on the trail of what may be a sequential killer.
524 Hours Til Doomsday
Murdoch is summoned by no less than Prime Minister Laurier to head off the launch of an explosive-armed missile set to be fired from Canada to New York City unless a ransom demand of $4 million is met within the next 24 hours. |
6The Local Option
01 Jan 2015
7Summer of '75
01 Jan 2015
01 Jan 2015
9Raised on Robbery
01 Jan 2016
10The Big Chill
01 Jan 2016
11A Case of the Yips
While investigating a golfer's murder, Murdoch becomes obsessed with the game. |
12Unlucky in Love
Murdoch investigates the death of an elderly groom; Crabtree meets Lucy Maud Montgomery at a writing class. |
Mr. Frank Parker, a white man, who was visiting an all black church for Sunday's service, was found dead by Miss James, Dr. Ogden's protégé. The new Chief Constable seems to be in a hurry to charge a black paritioner even before the crime has been investigated by Murdoch.
A young girl raised in the wild is the prime suspect in a murder case. Julia tries to locate their child's real parents. |
15House of Industry
Murdoch goes undercover to solve a murder. Crabtree tries to sample his first banana split. |
Murdoch and Brackenreid unwittingly put their careers at risk when they investigate high-level police corruption. |
17From Buffalo with Love
After a man is during a burlesque performance at the Star Room theatre, Murdoch, Odgen and Brackenreid are surprise to discover a familiar face in the audience. |
18Cometh the Archer
Julia is shot at the home of her and William and doctors rush to save her life. |
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