Detective Murdoch investigates a bizarre case when a convicted murderer apparently manages to survive the hangman's noose. When Cecil Fox's body is delivered to Dr. Ogden for a post-mortem,... See full summary »

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Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
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Theodore Pleasant
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Cecil Fox
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Detective Murdoch investigates a bizarre case when a convicted murderer apparently manages to survive the hangman's noose. When Cecil Fox's body is delivered to Dr. Ogden for a post-mortem, she finds a hollow tube inserted in his throat and Fox very much alive. It seems the managed to survive by inserting the tube, thus allowing him to breathe, and by having the hangman's rope shortened so as to ensure that his neck isn't broken. Murdoch and Brackenreid immediately focus on the hangman, Theodore Pleasant, as being complicit in the escape. Brackenreid and Pleasant are good friends but the police Inspector has to admit that it doesn't look good for his friend. With Crabtree and Higgins manning a stakeout, Murdoch realizes that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and that Fox was in fact innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place in 1897. See more »

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Detective William Murdoch: George, are you all right?
Constable George Crabtree: [clearly shaken] No, sir. When he took my trousers, he took my dignity.
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Who will guard the guardians?
5 November 2016 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

A man hanged for murder comes back to life on Dr Ogden's slab in the morgue and runs off. The first mystery to be solved is how he cheated the rope.

Quickly, the hangman comes under suspicion, and his heavy drinking doesn't help his case, but under pressure, he admits to rigging the execution so that the criminal would survive, explaining that he believed that the condemned man was innocent.

This leads to Murdoch reinvestigating the crime for which the man had been sentenced.

As the story unfolds, Murdoch becomes troubled by another case, some weeks earlier.

Following the trail of evidence leads unerringly to the true culprit, leaving the viewer to reflect on those who abuse the trust placed in them, and instead follow their own agendas.


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