There is disagreement whether Toronto should continue with Edison's DC system or Nikola Tesla's AC system, differences that seemingly result in murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Allen Fawkes
Edwin Dodd (as Alan C. Peterson)
Daniel Pratt
Alice Howard


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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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24 January 2008 (Canada)  »

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This episode takes place in June 1895. See more »


The phonograph played by Dr. Odgen was not available until around 1912, though the episode is supposed to take place in the 1890s. See more »


Constable George Crabtree: [Arriving at Edna's house with flowers but getting a negative response] Miss, I'm well aware that the ship between us has sailed.
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Electric power and electrocution
26 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bunch of inventors are in town and wanting to introduce a new form of electricity.

A dog is placed in a metal cage and the wires connected to the cage.The dog will get electrocuted in front of the crowd to show this experiment works. In the crowd there is a woman that does not want to see animals used like this and is outspoken about it. She argues with the presenters and calls them names.

The switch for this presentation is pulled by a woman. She is electrocuted instead of the dog. Someone tampered with the wires. This is a episode of scientist that are jealous of one another so the police think one of them was targeted to die by pulling the switch.

Murdoch talks the host of this electric presentation to give the dog to the woman that does not want to see animals killed and he starts his investigation. George the policeman is infatuated with this lady and he uses the excuse to visit her and ask her if he could take the dog for a walk.

Officer George Crabtree adds a lot to this series. He is funny and smart. I probably like his role more then Murdoch.

Two people are murdered in this episode but good ending as usual.

Watched this on IMDb connected to Hulu -free - ads are very short. The link is at the bottom of each episode.

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