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"The Death of Dr. Ogden" is the eighteenth episode of the seventh season of the Murdoch Mysteries and the ninety-sixth episode of the series. It first aired on April 7, 2014.


Detective Murdoch investigates the death of Oliver Hoyle who is found in the billiard room of his posh club. Hoyle was part of a group of competitive puzzle solvers and he may have been killed after solving a puzzle published by Edgar Allen Poe many years ago. It appears that one of his competitors killed him to get the glory for himself.

Meanwhile, Julia visits her father Dr. Lionel Ogden but arrives only to learn that her father has died. His physician, Dr. Bradley, believes he died of heart failure sometime in the night. Julia is confused, particularly when Dr. Bradley refuses to undertake an autopsy. Murdoch soon joins her and initially doubts that anything illegal has happened. He reconsiders when he learns that Julia has found a needle mark in her father's neck and a new neighbor is the beneficiary in his will. That neighbour denies any wrongdoing, but Julia is haunted by a vision of her father and is determined to find the truth.

Character Revelations

  • Murdoch finally proposes once more to Julia and she accepts.
  • Julia's father, Lionel Ogden, had a first love.
  • Lionel Ogden trusts Julia more than her sister, Ruby.
  • Turning a new leaf, Inspector Thomas C. Brackenreid states there’ll be no more of “this roughty-toughty business from now on. It's all about using the stuff between your ears,” and he gets his own bloody chalkboard.


Historical References

  • This episode takes place in Toronto 1901 – the Edwardian Era (1901-1910) is the time when King Edward VII rules the British Empire.
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders. The disease is named for the three physicians who first identified it in 1886 - Jean-Martin Charcot and Pierre Marie in Paris, France , and Howard Henry Tooth in Cambridge, England.


  • Keith Dinicol, who portrays Dr. Bradley, is the father of Joe Dinicol who appeared in Season 2 as Harry Houdini. Canadian actor Keith Dinicol was known for his portrayal of Arthur Driscoll on the Hallmark Channel original series Chesapeake Shores. He died of a stroke in 2021.


Main Cast

Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch
Hélène Joy as Julia Ogden
Thomas Craig as Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris as George Crabtree
Georgina Reilly as Emily Grace

Recurring Cast

Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins
Kristian Bruun as Slugger Jackson
Jonathan Llyr as Mick O'Shea

Guest Cast

David Fox as Dr. Lionel Ogden
Diana Leblanc as Caroline Hill
Cyrus Lane as Roger Newsome
Rainbow Francks as Sam Carr
Steven Yaffee as Arthur Elliot
Ashton Doudelet as Theodore Grady
Jeremy Birrell as Horace Simms
Keith Dinicol as Dr. Bradley
Jane Spidell as Mrs. Hastings
Nick Nolan as Tim O'Shea
James Graham as Oliver Hoyle


Murdoch Mysteries Season 7
"Murdoch Ahoy" • "Tour de Murdoch" • "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch" • "Return of Sherlock Holmes" • "Murdoch of the Living Dead" • "Murdochophobia" • "Loch Ness Murdoch" • "Republic of Murdoch" • "A Midnight Train to Kingston" • "Murdoch in Ragtime" • "Journey to the Centre of Toronto" • "Unfinished Business" • "The Murdoch Sting"•"Friday the 13th, 1901"•"The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold"•"Kung Fu Crabtree"•"Blast of Silence"•"The Death of Dr. Ogden"
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