It's 1895 and Toronto City Council is considering changing its electricity supply from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) to take advantage of the new electric generation plant at Niagara Falls. There's a lot of money at stake and the owner of Toronto Electric and Light, Daniel Pratt, has been holding public demonstrations on the dangers of AC current by electrocuting dogs. When Miss Toronto Electric and Light, Alice Howard, is electrocuted at one of these demonstrations, Detective William Murdoch cannot help but wonder if she was murdered. Assisted by the local coroner Dr. Julia Ogden and inventor Nikola Tesla, Murdoch applies his scientific approach to policing to solve the crime. Constable George Crabtree meanwhile pursues his own theory that animal rights activists may have been behind the death.
Did You Know?
This episode takes place in June 1895. See more
The dog to be executed was placed inside a metal cage. This would act as a Faraday cage and actually protect the dog. This would have been know at the time the show is set and certainly would have been discovered during previous demonstrations. See more
Alternating current doesn't need to bribe its way into the future. Logic and history compel it to.