After the heir to a profitable business is murdered in church only minutes before his marriage of convenience, a post-mortem discloses he had recently engaged in sexual activity.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Thomas Merrick
Eunice McGinty
Father Franks
Natalie Radford ...
Daisy Hanson
Lawrence Braxton
Old Dan
Shawn Campbell ...
Cecile Braxton
Jeri Craden ...
Mrs. Merrick (as Jerelyn Craden)
Zack Keller ...
Wendell Merrick


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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 February 2008 (Canada)  »

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This episode takes place in 1895. See more »


Detective William Murdoch: [Disturbed by Braxton's suicide] He had a beautiful home... wife... child. Not only does he throw all of that away but condemns himself to eternal damnation by commiting suicide.
Dr. Julia Ogden: Perhaps he felt that Hell was no worse than the torment he was living in.
Detective William Murdoch: There's always hope.
Dr. Julia Ogden: He was living a sham. Everything was a lie. Secretly he was in love with someone he could never be with, and furthermore that person was to marry someone else.
Detective William Murdoch: Yes, but to kill himelf!
Dr. Julia Ogden: Really, William. I'm surprised at your ...
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Obligatory required "tolerance" show.
19 March 2016 | by (Old West Texas) – See all my reviews

The bullies of the media require that every show, even the best of them, bow to the fringe elements and preach to us every year.

This is a great show; one that I will continue to watch. The character development is great, and the mysteries are well-thought-out. But the bullies come by and remind each show that there needs to be a required tip-of-the-hat to issues that a tiny percentage of America likes to hear about.

Were there homosexuals in the 1890s? Yes. Was Toronto filled with them? No. Were there twinges of conscience by people of integrity that maybe there ought to be things like "gay" rights? Hardly.

But the writers still managed to pull off a pretty good mystery, as always, and if we only have to do this every so often, we will live with it and let the PC bullies collect their tribute.

It happens on all the other shows I watch, so I knew it would be forced on me here, too. Now we can get back to the story, and return to the 1890s, when the "Gay Nineties" meant something entirely different.

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