The murder of a telegraph boy uncovers a secret network of homosexual prostitution within the post office. Two of the young men are found to have been blackmailing a client, which could lead to potential scandal.
As the police raid a homosexual brothel Reid investigates the murder of telegraph boy Otto Roberts though the intended victim David Goodbody was in bed with his boyfriend Vincent at the time. The boys were planning to blackmail Solomon Quint, a married banker recently dismissed from his post. Quint is found dead but Homer deduces that he was murdered and his death made to resemble suicide. Reid discovers that a rent boy ring was being run from the GPO offices but David tells him that Quint's boss Franklin Stone was the man who most wanted his disposal and indeed the eventual motive has nothing to do with sexual peccadilloes and everything with money. Meanwhile Homer's attempt to confront Duggan over the money Susan owes does not end well for him.Written by
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The episode opens at a time when police were cracking down on male brothels, or molly houses. It is inspired by and contains allusions to a police investigation in 1889 that centred on a molly house in Cleveland Street in Fitzrovia involving telegraph boys, peers and MPs. See more »
When Jackson is preparing to go to Duggan's, he opens his pistol chamber to check his ammunition. All of the rounds have firing pin indentations, indicating they have already been fired. See more »
[after confessing his love for the telegraph boy]
You must think me a bloody fool, sir.
I do not pretend to understand these things.
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