Murdoch faces a serial killer-could he be Jack the Ripper?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Inspector Edward Scanlon
Molly Shanahan ...
Alberta Moffat
Melva Moffat
Paul Haddad ...
Morris Bailey
Olive Ross
Dominique Bisson ...
Gloria Abercrombie


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. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 March 2009 (Canada)  »

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The Canadian mentioned as a Canadian Jack the Ripper subject was Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, a poisoner and mass murderer who dispatched victims in at least four countries: his birthplace Scotland, Canada, the U.S. and England. Cream was served from 1881 to 1891 in Joliet Prison for a Chicago murder but was inexplicably paroled in 1891 for good behavior. He returned to Britain and was convicted of yet another murder and executed in 1892. Why was he a Ripper suspect even though he was imprisoned in another country while the murders were taking place? Cream's last words as the trap door was sprung were "I am Jack the..." It has also been theorized that the frightened Cream lost control of his bowels at the end and actually stammered, "I am ejaculating!" In any case, the Anglo-Canadian writer Chris Scott won an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 1989 for "Jack," a novel based on the premise that Cream actually was Jack the Ripper and explains how Cream managed it. See more »


Previous entries in the series have moved the setting to 1896. Murdoch refers to the Ripper murders as having taken place seven years earlier. As the Ripper killings were committed in 1888, they were actually eight years earlier. See more »


Professor Otranto: [Murdoch enters a dance studio. Looking around he sees a few couples dancing, stiffly, with one another. Off screen he hears... ] You must be Mr. Murdoch.
Inspector William Murdoch: [Murdoch spins to see Professor Otranto approaching] That's correct.
Professor Otranto: Then welcome. I am Professor Otranto and I will make you a dancer.
Inspector William Murdoch: Uh, well, good.
Professor Otranto: That is what you want, is it not?
Inspector William Murdoch: I simply was hoping to improve my technique.
Professor Otranto: Very well. But, first, we must evaluate your abilities. Catarina?
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from "La Traviata" (uncredited)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (as Giuseppi Verdi) (1853)
Heard in dance studio
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