Murdoch Mysteries (2008–…): Season 4, Episode 6 - Dead End Street - full transcript

Murdock comes across a made-to-scale diorama of a cul-de-sac Toronto street replete with miniature residents and discovers evidence that at murder took place there.


Oh, hello, Julia.

Afternoon, Dr Garland.

Well, no need for formalities,
Detective. Please, call me Darcy.

Yes, of course.

Well, a delightful event. A country fair
in the midst of a metropolis.

We just saw a horse pull.

Please, Darcy, you make it sound
like a city of ruse.

On the contrary.
I find Toronto a splendidly modern city.

What are you looking at
so intensely, William?


It's more than that, Julia.
It's a miniature Toronto streetscape.

It's unlike anything
I've ever seen before.

It's won first prize.


It's a most intriguing model.

The faces of the
people have no features.

How curious!

The builder seems more
interested in the homes

than the people who live in them.

Julia, have a look at this.

The attention to detail
is quite remarkable.

It's more than remarkable, look.

Ah, good heavens.

What is it?

The figure in that room
has a rifle.

I believe we're looking
at a crime scene.

The model was submitted
by a Bert Howland of Cherry Lane,

according to the fair's organisers.

Sir, where shall I put
these little figures?

Uh, I believe they were
at the end of the street here, George.

So there's someone holding a gun.

What makes you think that
anyone was shot in that room?

Consider the accuracy of scale,

the attention to detail.

I'll give you that.

The builder put a gunman
in that upstairs room for a reason.

Maybe this Bert Howland fellow
was having a bit of fun.

An odd joke, if that's the case, sir.

A piece of fiction, Murdoch.

Don't you have
a real live case to work on?


Don't you walk away from me!

And where do you think you're going now?

You know where I'm going.

You go for lunch every day!

Don't worry about me!

The similarity to the model, sir,
it's... It's uncanny.

It is indeed, George.

We're about to meet
a very skilled craftsman.

I believe Mr Howland lives
in number six here.

- Mr Howland?
- Yeah.

Detective William Murdoch,
Toronto Constabulary.

Was it you that confiscated the model?


Excellent craftsmanship.

A fine replica of your street here.

May I ask why you saw fit
to take it to the station?

A detail was added to the model
that I find most curious.

A man holding a rifle.

A rifle? You sure?

Yes, yes. In the upstairs window
of your neighbour's house.

Mr Howland, if I may, what was
your intention in building the model?

I didn't build it.
That was my sister Lydia.

Ah, may I speak with her then?

I expect her any time.

But that's puzzling. I don't recall
her adding any man with a rifle.

Detective Murdoch, this is my sister.


Don't mind her, she won't answer you.

- Is she deaf?
- No, she's feeble-minded.


There's other things that she's called,
but that's what it comes down to.

Yet she's capable of building
such an intricate model.

Did you help her?

I grabbed the wood and such,
but she, uh, works by herself.

When did she begin to build the model?

About a year ago.



I'm a policeman and I need your help.

Don't... Don't get too near her now.

Do you recall
building the model of your street?

You don't want her upset.

Do you remember, Lydia?

It's okay, Lydia. It's okay, shh.

Let's go inside, come inside...

Come inside. It's okay, it's okay...

I'm sorry if my questions disturbed her.

Lydia has her own ways.

She doesn't like people much.

Excuse me, I need to see her.

George, begin canvassing the neighbours.

Find out if anyone knows anything
about a shooting at number seven.

Yes, sir.

A shooting? In my house?

Oh, now,
you're just pulling my leg, Detective.

Mrs Galbraith, Lydia Howland
built a model of this street

and put a man holding a gun
in your upstairs room.

Lydia did that, did she?


Do you own a gun, Mrs Galbraith?

My hubby Mr Galbraith does.

- A rifle?
- Yes,

though it's not been fired in years.

I'll need to speak with him.

He's practising at the lodge.


He plays the trombone
in the Orange Lodge band.

Ah, well, I'll need to speak with him.

About a fictitious gunman?

Lydia is not
in her right mind, Detective.

I'm not saying
Bert isn't trying his best, but...

...his wife left him.

"It's your sister or it's me," she told
him, and, frankly, I don't blame her.

That daft girl should be
in one of those institutions!

Thank you, Mrs Galbraith.

What have you, George?

Well, sir, I've spoken
to several people.

Uh, Mr Caruso lives in
number five with his wife.

He's very particular about his peach
tree, which I find suspicious in itself.

Peach trees are very difficult
to care for in our climate...

George, carry on.

Uh, the Carusos haven't heard
any gunshots.

Who lives in number three?

That would be Felix Roach, a bachelor.
He repairs furniture.

Uh, the Draper family
lives in number two,

and there was no answer at number four.

Seems like a very close community

where everybody's very trusting,
nobody locks their doors,

and nobody knows anything
about a shooting.


Mr Galbraith at number seven
does own a rifle.

So do a lot of people, Murdoch.

I've checked the police records.

There's no report of any shooting
at 7 Cherry Lane.

I find it very hard to believe

that such a precise model
was built by an imbecile.

Ooh, sir, I believe people such as Lydia
are no longer referred to as "imbecile".

It's felt to be demeaning.

- The correct term nowadays is "moron".
- Oh.

Well, I'm not sure either term fits
in this particular instance.

Isn't it likely that she invented
this gunman character?

Someone would've heard a gunshot
on such a small street as Cherry Lane.

Just return it
to its rightful owner, Murdoch,

and get on with some proper police work.

- Yes, sir.
- I'll pack it up, sir.

Just a moment, George.

What are you looking at, sir?

The figure holding the gun, George.

He seems disproportionate compared
to the other people on the street.

Why would that be?

Let's pay another visit to Cherry Lane,
and we'll need to access the armoury.

Yes, sir.

move further back, George.

Counter clockwise.

Now left.

Your other left, George.


The figure in the model
is completely different.

Much smaller.

George, please ask Mrs Galbraith
to grace us with her presence.

Yes, sir.

So, right here, Mrs Galbraith?

Yes, I moved the mirror
a month or so ago.

What of it?

We appreciate your help, Mrs Galbraith.

Well, just remember you're carrying
it back downstairs before you leave.

So, sir, how did you know
there was a mirror in the room?

It's the only logical explanation
for the small man, George.

Lydia saw the shooter
reflected in the mirror.

Why would that make him small?

Well, George,

the apparent distance
of a reflected object

is always greater
when seen through a mirror.

Lydia was across the street.

Therefore the reflected object she saw,

in this case the shooter,
appeared smaller.

So then, sir, if she saw
the reflection of the shooter

that means he was not
actually standing here

at the far side of the room,
but rather...

Over here, hidden from the street.

Yes, George, raise the rifle,
if you would, please.

- Oh, but then the angle is wrong.
- Hmm. Completely wrong.

Sir, if Lydia depicted
the back of the shooter,

he would be more like...

Exactly, that's it, George.

Don't move a muscle.

The putty around this pane
is a different colour.

So this pane
has been replaced.

Let's see if the owner can
shed some light on the situation.

I don't know anything about
a broken window, Detective.

How long have
you resided here, Mrs Gordon?

Eight months.

And who lived here previously?

It used to be a boarding house.

And do you know who
the previous owners were?

Yes, she lives across the street.

- Oh. Which house?
- Number five.

She married Mr Caruso.

He's Italian.

A fruit pedlar.

Wooed his wife with his peaches,
so the neighbours say.

May we come inside, Mrs Gordon?

So, if the bullet travelled
without interference,

this would be the trajectory.

But, sir, what if the bullet
entered the victim and struck bone?

Would that not change
the path of the bullet?

- Well, yes, George.
- Uh, like, say...


Or, sir, quite conceivably, even, uh,


Yes, conceivably, George.

Assuming that there
even was a victim, sir.

But if it missed its intended target...

Uh, sir, if I may...

What if the bullet entered the victim
and lodged there?

It would still be inside him or her.

Yes, George,
but if it missed its target...

Or went through a soft, fleshy part
of the poor devil.

Then I might find it...

Supposed it could have missed
the breast bone exiting between ribs...

Or even, sir, if he was sitting
next to the window,

perhaps in through one temple
and straight out through the other.

I suppose, then,
there would be an off-chance

- that the bullet would end up...
- Here.

A slug from a rifle.

George, go to number seven
and collect Mr Galbraith's rifle.

Yes, sir.

That's not a sound
you'd forget in a hurry, sir.


Yet everyone on Cherry Lane claims
they didn't hear the sound of a gunshot.

We have a match.

So Mr Galbraith's rifle fired the shot.

Yes, George, but we still need
evidence of foul play.

But, sir,
if Mrs Gordon is telling the truth,

then that bullet has been in the wall
for the last eight months.

I can't imagine
we'll find any evidence on it.

Well, perhaps what is hidden to us,
a little science can reveal.

I suppose this is the science, sir?

Yes, George,
it's part of it. A chemical.

Thi-nitrothol hydrozide.

In this case, it's reduced to an
amino group with sodium dithionite.

Now, the chemical lies dormant
until it's activated again.

In this case, with an oxidant

making chemi-phosphoro-luminescence.

And I suppose we're looking
for traces of blood, sir?

Indeed, George.

Now, this compound
was recently synthesised,

but I managed to acquire a small sample.

Now, if any chemical traces
of blood remain

the solution will react
with the iron in the haemoglobin.

In the haemo-goblin.

Sir, this bullet went through somebody.

Yes, George, but the question is, who?

Mr Galbraith, we found a bullet
fired from your rifle with blood on it.

- Where?
- Across the street from your house.

I don't know anything
about that.

My wife had no business
giving my gun to you.

Your rifle may have been used
as a murder weapon, Mr Galbraith.

- How do you explain that?
- I have never fired the thing, not once.

I find that difficult to believe, sir.

It belonged to my father!

It was his hunting rifle.
Ask anyone on the street.

Partial to rabbit stew, he was.

In this case,
the victim may have been human.

Well, tell me then, who did
I kill, when did I do it and why?

The man has a point.

You don't have a timeline,
you don't have a motive,

and apart from a rifle slug
with a modicum of blood on it,

you don't even have proof that
a crime was even committed.

You need a body, Murdoch.

Sirs, have a look at this.

There's a darker patch of earth
right here.

If that represents freshly-turned soil,
it could be a grave.

What's the logic of that?

Well, sir, if Lydia
saw the shooting take place,

perhaps she also saw
the body being buried.

Excellent reasoning, George.

Thank you, sir. I'll fetch a shovel.

Oh, my!

My goodness!

Well, it's a body, all right.

- Looks like a...
- What are you doing with my cat?

Calm yourself, Mr Roach,
we're just continuing our investigation.

He lived to a ripe old age
and he deserves his rest.

I wonder...


- Sir?
- Have a look at this.

It's unbelievable.

Her attention to minutia is staggering.

Or perhaps, sir,
she's just fond of cats.

She is childlike in some regards.

Perhaps she has an affinity
toward animals.

They can't speak either.




So, you discovered a murder took place
on your model street after all.

Yes, I've determined a murder weapon
and a vague timeline, but no body.

That's inconvenient.
Did you find out who built this?

Yes. The model was built by
a young woman named Lydia Howland.

Feeble-minded, it's believed.

Yet she's capable of extraordinary
skill and focus, as you can see.

I heard of such a case
when I was at the children's hospital.

I wonder
if your Lydia is an idiot savant.

She's deficient,
yet possesses one area of brilliance.


It would explain
why her figures have no features.

How do you mean?

I've been haunted by these blank faces,
now I understand.

She can't read emotion.

Human faces cause her great confusion,
so she simply ignores them.

You and I communicate with eye contact,
but Lydia can't do that.

Uh, thank you very much, Julia.
This has been very helpful.

Clearly I went about my first meeting
with Lydia all wrong.

And you think
that she witnessed a murder?

Yes, but I have no body.

Well, I'll start searching for
unidentified shooting victims

in the morgue records.

Thank you.
I'll try to narrow my timeline.

Sir, the shooting occurred

before the Gordons bought the former
boarding house at number four.

Assuming Mrs Gordon
was telling the truth.

Well, I checked with city records, sir,

and Mrs Caruso did sell the house
eight months ago.

We need to determine which boarders
left without notice prior to that date.

Looking for wayward
boarding-house tenants?

Now, there's a bloody
needle in a haystack.

George, check with Mrs Caruso.

See if she has a good memory
of past boarders.

- Sir, will do.
- Oh, and, sir,

I'm bringing Lydia down to the station.

What for? She can't tell you anything.

Perhaps she can communicate
in other ways.

Our small street is
the only world she knows.

Without any features on the figures,
how does she know who belongs where?

She has an order in her head.

Maybe it's the way she dresses each one,
I don't know.

Do your neighbours know
how talented your sister is?

No, they ignore her, at best.

Some complain of
her walking up and down the street,

but God knows she doesn't disturb
anyone. She hasn't talked in 25 years.

She spoke as a child?

Yeah, she seemed normal
for the first year or so,

and then she gradually withdrew.

She hasn't uttered a word since.

No doctor could provide an explanation,

and my parents went to their graves
not knowing what was wrong.

When did she add the detail
of the gunman to the model?

I don't know.

I never noticed the figure
until you showed me.

And it just shocks me to think
that image was in her head.

It's all right, my dear. It's all right.

It's all right, my dear. It's all right.

It's all right.
Let's pick up those chess pieces.

It's all right, it's all right.
Let's pick these up.

That's it,
let's pick up these chess pieces.

You see, there you go,
Lydia, everything is fine.

Everything is fine.

That's it.

She likes simple tasks. They calm her.

That's it.

That's extraordinary.

She's putting back
every piece as it was.

You know, she has excellent recall.

She memorised the game?

That's it. Shh.

It's clear that Lydia is
very sensitive to sudden, loud noises.

Like the gunshot?

Yes, I believe
the gunshot so traumatised her,

that when she made the model,
she recreated the shooting

exactly how she saw
the street, at that moment.

Even though she didn't understand
the meaning of the sound.

That's correct.

So now what? She'll build a model
of the station house at the exact moment

that the two clumsy constables
bumped into one another?

Oh, I don't think so, sir.

Bert was there to calm her
and distract her with the chess pieces.

When the shooting occurred,
she was all alone.

Making the event an even greater trauma.

I believe so.

I still can't fathom Lydia
building this by herself.

Well, sir, it's not without precedent.

Have a look at this.

That's bloody impressive.

This model was built
by James Henry Pullen.

A man believed to be an imbecile
who couldn't hear or speak.

He built it while living
in an English insane asylum.

And you think
Lydia has the same ability?

- So it would seem, sir.
- Hmm.

Can you tap into what she's thinking?

I don't know if anyone can do that, sir.

Well, if your theory's correct, Murdoch,

there may be clues within the model
that you haven't yet seen.

What are you all looking at?

Mrs Caruso
was very helpful, sir.

I have a list of all the tenants who
left the boarding house without notice.



Yes, George?

I'm afraid there are seven of them, sir.

The inspector was right, tracking them
all down will be next to impossible...

Did any of them leave
on or around June 22, 1897?

That's a very specific date, sir.
May I ask why?

George, when was the last time there was
bunting in the streets of Toronto?

Well, I suppose that would be
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Did anyone leave the boarding house
around June 22nd?

Yes, sir.

A Grant Abrahams.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

All of us gathered at the end
of the street to watch the parade.

All except the anti-royalist Abrahams.

He was miserable to the core.
He stayed behind in his room.

And when did you discover he had gone?

He left that night.

Broke a window and stole a carpet.

- A carpet?
- Yes, a good one.

Did you see the broken window
that night?

No, it was the next morning.

It was shattered glass everywhere.

Do you know of anyone
who may have wanted to harm him?

Well, Abrahams did odd jobs
for Mrs Galbraith in number seven

when Mr Galbraith was at work.

Now, I can't say exactly
what those jobs were, Detective,

but when Mr Galbraith found out,
there was a real set-to between the men

right in the middle of the street.

What it is?

I was just talking
to the detective, Angelo.

Talk, but not gossip, huh?

I don't think the Galbraiths
have the best marriage.

Mr Galbraith,

I now believe the murder victim
on Cherry Lane

is a man named Grant Abrahams,

a man you had reason to kill.

Don't be ridiculous.

You deny he had designs on your wife?

Designs on her?
No, he had his hands on her.

I saw it with my own eyes.

- Well, how did you respond?
- I beat him soundly.

Cuffed him, good and proper,
right in the street.

But you continued
to harbour resentment toward him.

Any man would, Detective.

Let's talk about Jubilee Day
and the parade.

- Jubilee Day?
- Yes.

The Jubilee parade went by Cherry Lane,
did it not?


And everyone gathered at the end
of the street to watch the parade.

Everyone but Abrahams.

Well, the lecher made no secret
of his disliking the monarchy.

You knew he wouldn't be
watching the parade.

What are you getting at?

While everyone was distracted
by the festivities,

you returned to your house...

Begging your pardon, Detective.

And shot Abrahams
with your hunting rifle.

You're right.
I wasn't watching the parade.

Just as I suspected.

I play
in the Orange Lodge band, Detective.

I was in the parade.

I remember the Orange Lodge parade
on Jubilee Day.

They marched down Queen Street
for three solid hours.

The only thing that Galbraith
was murdering that day

was The Maple Leaf Forever.

Good one, sir.

Trumpet? That's interesting.

According to his wife,
Galbraith played the trombone.

Trumpet, trombone, triangle. Either way,
he didn't fire the rifle, so who did?

Likely another one
of the Cherry Lane residents

who knew Galbraith had the gun.

And used the vantage point of
the Galbraiths' house to shoot Abrahams.

Sir, I believe the murder was meant
to coincide with the parade.

I checked into the parade route, sir.
It went along Queen Street East

passing the end of Cherry Lane
between 4:00 and 4:25 p.m.

But, if everyone was together
watching the parade,

will they all provide alibis
for each other?

Time to have a chat with the neighbours.

Yes, we were all at the end
of the street, except for Lydia.

Did she stay at the house?

She was sitting in her usual spot
on the porch.

The commotion was overwhelming for her.

Did you know Grant Abrahams, Mr Howland?

- We all knew Abrahams.
- Why is that?

He was a troubled man who took pleasure
in finding fault in everyone.

- And we all seemed to annoy him.
- In what way?

Mr Galbraith
played his trombone too loudly.

Mr Roach's cat
sat in his windowsill too often.

Mr Caruso
parked his fruit cart all wrong.

Did you argue with Abrahams?

He didn't like Lydia
walking past his window.

- So you fought.
- More than once.

So, if it's suspects you're looking for,
I'd be on that list.

Did anyone else have reason
to dislike Abrahams?

Do you know about him and Mrs Galbraith?

I do. What about it?

Well, after Mr Galbraith found out,

Abrahams turned his affections
to Mrs Draper,

and Mrs Galbraith was
none too happy about that.

Yes, Mr Abrahams did
take a shine to Mrs Draper.

Such a bird-like creature
with a nervous disposition.

I never understood the attraction.

But you felt spurned.

My personal feelings are
no business of the Toronto Constabulary.

They are when I'm investigating
a murder, Mrs Galbraith.

Now, where were you the afternoon
of Jubilee Day?

What are you suggesting?

I was watching my husband in the Orange
Lodge band like everyone else.

Who saw you?

Just about everyone.

If you're looking for a killer,
you should talk to Mr Draper.

Why is that?

He was very upset with Mr Abrahams.

He's very protective of his little wife.

And were the Drapers at the parade?

Yes. Oh...

As I recall.

Abrahams was a cruel man.

He relished in upsetting Mrs Draper
with his lewd taunts.

So you disliked Abrahams.

Couldn't stand the man.

Enough to kill him?

God, no. It wasn't me.
I've never used a gun in my life.

Well, someone shot Mr Abrahams,
Mr Draper.

Look at Mr Caruso at number five.
He had good reason to kill Abrahams.

Oh, why do you say that?

Well, it all started
when Abrahams teased Caruso,

stealing peaches from his tree.

Caruso almost stabbed him
with his pruning shears,

then his shed went up in flames.
He almost lost his whole house.

When did this happen?

Well, their feud escalated over time.
The fire was last June.

Abrahams is a rude man,

disrespectful of my property.

So you attacked him?

I tell him, stop. He laugh.

He lucky I no stab him in his heart.

Did Mr Abrahams burn down your shed?

Mannaggia! Who else do?

Where were you at 4:00 p.m.
on Jubilee Day?

I was watching the parade.

Who saw you?

I think Mr Roach stand with me,
I no sure.

But why are you asking about Mr Caruso?
He's a good man.

- Was he watching the parade?
- Oh, yes, he was there.

What can you tell me
about Grant Abrahams?

He was a man who didn't work enough.

So he would just sit in his window
and argue with everyone.

He picked on the weak.

Did you have a problem with him?

Me? Oh, no, I had no personal grievance,
but I was glad when he left.


I don't like
my neighbours upset, Detective,

and that's exactly what he did.
He upset everyone.

He turned our street upside down.

All of the residents
of Cherry Lane

were watching the Jubilee Day parade.

All of them vouch for each other

and most of them have motive
to kill Abrahams.

A close-knit community
with no shortage of motives.

Have you thought that this could
be a conspiracy, Murdoch?

Every one of them getting together
to rid the streets of Abrahams.

I have given that some thought, sir.

Which would explain why
no one heard the shot

or saw the body removed.
They're all bloody well in on it.


What is it, George?

Eight people claim they were
watching the parade that day.

Mrs Galbraith, Mr and Mrs Caruso,

Felix Roach, Bert Howland, Mr Draper
with his wife and son.

We know that, Crabtree.
What's your point?

Well, look at the model, sir.

There are only seven figures
at the end of the street.

If Lydia is as precise
as we think she is,

that means one of the residents of
Cherry Lane wasn't watching the parade.

Which means the missing person
is the gunman.

- Or woman.
- But who was it?

Julia, I've reached
an impasse in this case,

yet I'm certain that Lydia holds
the key to solving it.

But you can't communicate with her.

No, and that's the frustration.

I believe she sees the world differently
than the rest of us.

She does.

Some areas of her mind
are sharply focused

while others don't
seem to function at all.

Because idiot savants
are oblivious to other people,

they're quite single-minded

and therefore capable of
extraordinary accomplishments.

That describes Lydia exactly.

A mysterious combination of emotional
unawareness and acute intellect.

That's a good description
of someone I know.

How can I communicate
across such a void?

What about using the world she created?

- Did Lydia put herself in her model?
- No.

No, I don't believe she did.

That's interesting.
She has no concept of self?

Julia, I think you've hit on something.

- Darcy!
- Hello.

Sorry, I'm interrupting.

No! Not at all, I was just leaving.

Good night.

I hope our discussion was fruitful.

Good night.

This is Cherry Lane
on the day of the Jubilee parade.

A street you know very well.

This is Lydia.

Lydia lives



There. Lydia is home.

But who are the other people?
And where do they live?

I think

that this is Bert.

Bert lives here with Lydia.

All right, that's not Bert.


This looks like a young lad.

I think this is Tommy Draper.

Tommy lives here.


Maybe this is Bert.


Mr Draper

Mr Draper. George, please, if you would?

Then, maybe this is Bert.

Now, Bert is home.

Mrs Draper.

George, Mrs Galbraith.

Mrs Draper.

Mrs Caruso.

Mrs Draper, then.

Mrs Draper.

This must be Felix Roach.

Mr Caruso.


Felix Roach?

The only person on the street
with no motive.

What if this is all
some kind of a game, Murdoch?

Sir, I don't think Lydia understands
the concept of games.

Even if she's right,
and Roach is the murderer,

we can't arrest him
without evidence, Murdoch.

You need hard facts, not some airy-fairy
theory based on a woman who can't talk.

And what about his alibi?

He was watching the parade with
everyone else, was he not?

Perhaps he wasn't.

But I've already told you
where I was, Detective.

Check with Mr Caruso.

Mr Caruso's memory is somewhat foggy.

So, you saw the Orange Lodge band go by
the end of Cherry Lane?

Plain as the nose on my face.

Perhaps you can tell me, what instrument
was Mr Galbraith playing?

A trombone.

Are you sure?

Of course. He's played it for years.

Not on Jubilee Day, he didn't.

What do you mean?

The trumpeter came down with influenza.

Mr Galbraith filled in and played
the trumpet, not the trombone.

I could have sworn that he was...

You never saw the parade,
did you, Mr Roach?

Of course I did! I just didn't remember

that Galbraith was playing
a different brass instrument.

I find that most curious, Mr Roach.

Are you going to arrest me, Detective?

A John Doe, shot through the neck,

was found in a railway car in Ottawa
on June 26th.

A few days after Grant Abrahams
disappeared. This sounds promising.

The train had come from Toronto
and the body was wrapped in a carpet.

That sounds like our victim.

I'm sorry I can't give you
any further details,

Mr Abrahams now being a skeleton in
a pauper's grave,

but I'll continue
to look through the file.

Thank you, Julia.

That's Grant Abrahams
and that's my carpet.

Thank you, Mrs Caruso.
This is most helpful.

A body and a positive identification.
Now we're getting somewhere.

How did Roach get the body onto a train?

Sir, I believe Roach moved
Abrahams' body in his cart

while everyone was asleep
after the day's revelries

and dumped his body in a railway car
at the Booth Street railway siding

half a block from Cherry Lane.

You're almost there, Murdoch.
Almost got him.

Not quite, sir.
I still don't have a motive.

William, am I interrupting?

Julia, of course not.

I've been through the John Doe file.

I must say
the Ottawa coroner was quite thorough.

Look at these.

Oh, my!

These wounds to
Abrahams' arms are quite curious.

The coroner posited they were defensive.
Could that be possible?

Well, it's possible, but not likely.

Abrahams was shot
from across the street.

Whatever happened,
they were inflicted before he died.

Hmm. Defensive wounds to both forearms.

There's also evidence of inflammation,

as though Abrahams
had an allergic reaction

to whatever injured him.

Could it be a reaction to some kind
of metal? Nickel, perhaps?

I've seen a similar response,
of all things, to cat scratches.


He lived to a ripe old age.

He deserves his rest.

Julia, I think I have another body
for you to look at.

Well, the cat's hyoid was fractured.

- The cat was throttled.
- Yes.

Strangled to death? That's horrible.

The cat would have experienced
the frightening sensation of air hunger

and, no doubt, struggled violently.

Fighting for its life,
the poor, little thing.

Clawing at the killer's arms.

Mr Roach claimed his cat
died of old age.

Mr Roach's cat
sat on his windowsill too often.

That's why Roach killed Abrahams.

What do you mean?

Roach's cat annoyed Abrahams.

Perhaps Mr Abrahams strangled the cat

and, in retaliation,
Mr Roach shot Abrahams.

Would the death of a cat be
sufficient motive for murder?

Yes. As a pet owner, Doctor,
I'll vouch for that.

Right then, George, head down to
Cherry Lane and impound Mr Roach's cart.

I'll meet you at the station house.

Yes, sir.

Once again, thank you, Doctor.


Felix Roach's cart.

It looks to see
an awful lot of use, sir.

I can't imagine any trace evidence

from a body could still be found
after all this time.

Well, let's see, George.

Assuming the body was put in head-first.

Lift up the handles please, George.

Oh, yes, I see what you mean.

Blood from any wound would
run down to the end there.


What kind of a man kills a cat
with his bare hands?

In the carriage, Mr Roach.

I did you all a favour.

You'll not say it out loud, no,
but you know it.

I did you a favour!

She made the model by herself?

She did that.

If it wasn't for Lydia,
we never would have solved the murder.

If you need a hand from time to time,
Bert, any help that we can offer.

Thank you, Mrs Galbraith.

So on the afternoon
that Roach killed Abrahams,

Lydia was sitting on the porch,
plain as day.

Roach must have seen her.

Oh, I think he did.

But, like everyone else
in this neighbourhood,

he assumed she was oblivious.

And yet she remembered everything.

Do you think she was aware
she was recording a murder

when she made that model?

We'll never know.

I suppose she lives
in a world of her own.

Such a lonely place.

Why do you say that?

Because she can't communicate
her feelings.

You believe that makes her unhappy?

Well, it would make me unhappy.


I don't think
Lydia views her life the way we do.

I think there's a solace and certainty
and order that sustains her.

And that's enough?

Sometimes it has to be.