Murdoch investigates the suicides of heirs to a great manor house and family fortune, but evidence begins to mount that it might be murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Byron Beaton
Jordan Pettle ...
Ronald Beaton
Rowena Beaton
Roy Lewis ...
William Godfrey
Matt Bois ...
Chauncey Beaton
Timothy Beaton
Graham Harley ...
Mr. Aylmer


Detective Murdoch investigates the suspicious death of Chauncey Beaton who has fallen, or was pushed or jumped, off his balcony. The servants claim the house is cursed and it is responsible for his death. The dead man's brother Ronald was in the house and another brother, Byron, was en route to a business meeting. Some of the servants heard Chauncey shouting his half-brother Timothy's name but Timothy had killed himself the previous February. Several of the household staff claim to have seen Timothy's ghost. The Beaton family has a long history of suspicious deaths and Murdoch believes one of the remaining brothers is responsible, presumably eliminating the other brothers in order to inherit the estate. Soon however, even the police start to see ghosts in Beaton Manor. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 May 2010 (Canada)  »

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16:9 HD
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When Detective Murdoch asks the Beaton household and staff if anyone has seen Timothy's ghost, a modern plastic water bottle can clearly be seen on the desk behind Murdoch and Crabtree. Plastic water bottles were not invented until after World War 2 and were not common until the 1960s. See more »


Detective William Murdoch: [Referring to Rowena] Sir, you're not going to let her leave?
Detective William Murdoch: She's not leaving us, George. She's leading us.
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Creepy, voodoo, zombies, ghost, Haiti and bi-racial siblings
29 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has a lot of suspense and mystery. A man is killed and at first it was thought suicide. Police investigate because the cause of death has not been determined and the man that died called out "Timothy" the name of his dead brother.

After comments by house staff that are all from Haiti and seem to be inter-related they talk about their beliefs in voodoo and someone walking at times in the house when everyone is supposedly in their rooms. The people that live in the house say it is cursed and most of the owners or people that would get the property died young. It comes out that Timothy was father by Mr Beaton, the father of all the sons living in the house. Timothy is a black Haitian and Mr Beaton is from Haiti but is white. Timothy's mother was a house maid to the Beatons. When the Beatons left Haiti they took several black people to work as maids and house help.

As the story goes on Crabtree as in the past professes his belief in occult practices and manifestations of ghost. He reads up on voodooism and tries to get Murdoch to believe in zombies and the like because he does.

I find that after watching several of these episodes Inspector Brackenreid is the only one that takes a strong stand against any of these practices and beliefs. He has a short temper and he drinks but his perception of spiritualist, mediums, ghost are right on target in my view. He wants a answer that is logical and does not believe in this stuff.

The ending is bizarre and many of the spiritual beliefs the characters have are disproved. As in the Murdoch series the writers have to make some sort of ending that they want you to believe in some strange occurrence that their is some truth in these practices. Such baloney.

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