Taggart investigates a triple murder at an exclusive boys' boarding school. In each case the victim is a disciplinarian schoolmaster. Eventually he discovers a further link in that several ... See full summary »

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Taggart investigates a triple murder at an exclusive boys' boarding school. In each case the victim is a disciplinarian schoolmaster. Eventually he discovers a further link in that several years earlier they had all been prefects who bullied a boy called John Chisholm. John Chisholm has now come back to get revenge, though not in the form that his victims would have recognized. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 March 1998 (UK)  »

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Taggart goes back to school.
27 December 2007 | by (Port Stephens, Australia) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with the murder of a school master in 1939. He is beaten to death with a cricket bat by an unknown assailant. 60 years later the body is found by students on a cross country run. Douglas Flemming, a teacher, identifies the bones as Friedrich Zwanziger, a strict disciplinarian who disappeared while collecting beetles.

As the investigation proceeds McVitty discloses that he is on the board of governors. Meanwhile Mark Jackson, a student, is bullied by 3 prefects for losing the cross country race.

While stealing food from the pantry Douglas Fleming is locked in the freezer. His body is found the next day with 'Terribilis et locus ist' written on the wall.

The investigation of Zwanziger leads the team to Frank Gordon. His name is in the discipline book and he was repeatedly beaten by Zwanziger. Derek Halliday is then murdered in a chemical fire and again the words 'Terribilis et locus ist' are inscribed at the scene. Finally Alex Milligan is drowned by being handcuffed to his wheel chair. Again the Latin words are inscribed on the side of the pool.

Eventually Jardine makes the connection. The 3 victims were prefects at the school and participated in bullying a defenseless boy called John Chisham.

This is a well written episode of Taggart. The list of actors is a credit to the series. I found the storyline satisfying and the conclusion came as a complete surprise.


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