Two murdered but well-preserved bodies are found after a shed is torn down, and it's discovered that one of them had fought in the War of 1812.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Rebecca Hastings
Charlie Hastings
Alice Nugent
Horace Mooney
Neil Dainard ...
Michael Webster
Sean Harraher ...
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
James Kirkham
Brianna Bisson ...
Penny Ranton


Detective Murdoch is on the case when police discover two bodies at a building construction site. Their initial estimate is that the bodies have been there for about 5 years but the remains are found in a peat bog and as a result are very well preserved. Both bodies, one man and one woman, are approximately 40 years old and Dr. Ogden's examination reveals that they were both poisoned with cyanide. Further evidence however shows that both bodies have been there for at least 22 years. But that's incorrect as well as further evidence then points to 1836 as the likely year of death. Murdoch manages to locate locate the now elderly daughter of the victims, Rebecca Hastings and her husband Charlie. He also realizes that either she or her husband killed her parents or possibly one of the three foster children who also lived there at the time, Alice Nugent, Horace Mooney or Michael Webster. Meanwhile, Constable Crabtree's cousin from Belleville, Ontario, Penny Ranton, comes to Toronto to ... Written by garykmcd

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Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: So, whoever built this shed did it to conceal the bodies.
Detective William Murdoch: That would be the owner of the factory - a James Kirkham. I've asked George to find him and determine the nature of his business. I did ask him to be quick about it.
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: [Sarcastically] Oh, good, becaue wih a five year-old case, we wouldn't want the case to go cold, would we?
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Curiouser and curiouser
3 November 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

Two bodies are found buried under a shed on industrial land during rebuilding work at an electroplating factory. The postmortem examination shows they had been poisoned by cyanide, a chemical used in the factory.

It emerges that the shed had stood on the spot for a few years, but then a question arises as to how the bodies are so well preserved after those years . The answer lies in the peaty soil. Bodies preserved in peat have turned up elsewhere in the world, and soon word spreads so that telegrams begin to arrive from universities asking to be kept informed.

A glass eye sported by one of the victims is found to date back several decades, to a time when the land was in farming use, meaning that nobody at the factory could be implicated.. The search turns to the owner of the farmhouse, who denies any knowledge.

Dr Ogden then discovers a tattoo on one of the victims which shows him to have been a soldier in a regiment that fought in the war of 1812, when the land didn't even have a farm on it, only some civic plans to build a lunatic asylum. Constable Crabtree traces a complete history of land ownership from municipal records. The couple who bought the plot of land to build the farm sold it well after the presumed date of the murder to the man the police have already interviewed. everyone is in the clear. How can Murdoch possibly solve the crime?

From then on, pure detective work does find a way into the problem, but even then, Murdoch finds over and over again that folk are not telling the truth, or at least, not the whole truth. Meanwhile, Inspector Brackenridge has been courted by no less a journal than the New York Times about the story, and makes arrangements to be interviewed by a journalist, so the pressure is on Murdoch to cut through the web of deceit spun by the people he has been questioning.

I shan't give the solution away, other than to say that once the puzzle is solved, the Inspector is left with a story that will be harder to tell than he would have liked.

This is an exceptionally well crafted episode, and it is hard to believe that so many layers could be peeled back to get to the truth in the 45 minutes of the show.

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