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
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The insects shown crawling on the corpse are not junebugs, but probably Zophobas morio. See more
Early in the story a Leyden Jar is referred to as a "capacitor". That term did not come into general use until the latter part of the 20th Century. In the late 19th Century the device would have been referred to as a "condenser". See more
MC at Police Chiefs' Dinner
Gentlemen, it is my distinct honour to introduce our keynote speaker, Inspector Thomas Brackenreid.
Gentlemen, those of us at Police Station Number 4 of the Toronto Constabulary had never been confronted by such a puzzling crime. The victim was found in a windowless room that was locked from the inside. But that was not the most baffling part. The victim had been electrocuted; yet the room had no electricity. All that was out of the ordinary was a shattered jar, a chain, a wooden ...
Three Little Maids From School Are We
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert See more