Murdoch and Crabtree investigate the death of Reginald Chilton, the Member of Provincial Parliament from Toronto East who died by falling from an upper balcony of Queen’s Park Provincial Parliament Building.
The guard on duty at the time, Briggs, swears he saw a ghost push Chilton over the railing. Dr. Grace confirms that Chilton definitely died from the fall but it appears that he fell backwards as if he had been pushed. As far as the ghost is concerned Murdoch is convinced the apparition is very human. The eternally dyspeptic Inspector Brackenreid scoffs, “Ghost? I always thought Queen’s Park was full of happy dafties!” and clarifies by barking, “crackpots!”
Samuel Jenkins of the Toronto Gazette informs the Constabulary at Station House No.4 that Chilton was linked to the illegal dumping of slaughterhouse waste directly into Lake Ontario. After being exposed, he supposedly sold the property and went into politics. A numbered company now owns the land and the board of directors is composed of two Chilton cronies. As the province's lands commissioner, Chilton was pushing the government to purchase that exact piece of property for an inflated price. On the other hand, George shares information from the City Records that thirty years ago on the very land on which the legislative buildings now sit was the University Lunatic Asylum for Insane Women and that explains why Queen's Park is haunted. Murdoch restricts Crabtree’s investigation to the ownership history of this Ashbridge’s Bay property. But George remains steadfast to his theory about the rumoured haunting and paranormal activity; with encouragement from Dr. Grace and a little assistance from Dr. Ogden he investigates the old files of inmates at the asylum.
Meanwhile, Julia tells William that an evening with the hospital board is a chore at the best of times, but that she must live up to her arrangement with Darcy by attending it with him. She can't let him lose his position or reputation and William agrees that's only fair. “I wish we lived in a different time, when we could be together and the world wouldn't care.”
Back at the Parliament Building, while George and Emily set up the scrutiny camera, a second man, Dr. Ansel Fraser, dies in a similar fashion. According to Asylum committal papers, Dr. Fraser used to work for the University Lunatic Asylum, George explains, one inmate was Abigail Marshall, the late wife of Thaddeus Walsh, and that the Queen's Park ghost is the insane deceased wife of the Provincial Secretary! Upon questioning, Walsh claims his former wife is haunting him. Ghost or not, someone's going to a lot of effort to haunt Thaddeus Walsh. Then, George and Emily discover a glowing substance on Dr. Fraser’s hands. As Murdoch suspected, the substance and its luminescence is the key that leads them to the murderer who is very much alive.
- Julia agrees to go out with Darcy upholding their image as husband and wife a bit longer for his job security and reputation.
- Crabtree returns to the City Records to get information for Murdoch.
- George uses the Scrutiny Camera to "capture" the ghost, setting it to take a picture every 10 seconds.
- Crabtree asks Dr. Ogden about the women patients who might have transferred from the old asylum to the Provincial Lunatic Asylum. She sends him to Clifford in Records with a release note.
- This episode takes place in Toronto 1900 – the Victorian Era (1837-1901) when Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and Empress of India, rules the British Empire.
- Sir Oliver Mowat was the real Lieutenant Governor at the time and was one of the provinces most famous and successful politicians.
- Dr. Ogden read of a scientist who went to Paris to consult with Madame Curie (1867-1934) on her work with Radium who happens to live in Toronto who may know about the radium dust found on the latest victim.
- Murdoch Mysteries' creator Maureen Jennings writes her second episode with MM writer Lori Spring.
- This is Leslie Carlson's last acting role
- This episode originated from an idea by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, the Honorable David C. Onley, who guest stars as the eighth Lieutenant Governor, Sir Oliver Mowat.
- It’s not easy to shoot at Queen’s Park because of a previous incident with a film crew, a ban on lights has kept productions away for nearly a decade. Onley had to convince the Sergeant at Arms as well as the Speaker of the House– fortunately, Speaker Dave Levac is a Murdoch fan, too, and also appears in the episode. His uniform hasn’t changed in 120 years, so he didn’t need a costume.
- At last count, there were nearly a half-dozen ghosts reportedly haunting the ornate marble hallways in the pink palace, according to Dan Bogart, a communications officer with the Legislative Assembly’s parliamentary protocol office.
- Robert Clarke who plays Howard Briggs, first appeared in Bad Medicine as Andrew Nesbitt.
- The lights of the bikes of Murdoch and Crabtree stays on when they stop and lay down their bicycles. Electric lights for bicycles weren't invented at that period.
Recurring Cast Edit
Chris Britton as Thaddeus Walsh
Taylor Trowbridge as Lorraine Monteith
Robert Clarke as Howard Briggs
Drew Carnwath as Samuel Jenkins
Keith Kemps as Professor Paul Monteith
Lynne Deragon as Mrs. Imogene Fraser
Leslie Carlson as Dr. Ansel Fraser
Emily Coutts as Typist
Katie Swift as Typist
Lt. Gov.David C. Onley as Lieutenant Governor Oliver Mowat
|Murdoch Mysteries Season 6|
|"Murdoch Air" • "Winston's Lost Night" • "Murdoch On The Corner" • "A Study in Sherlock" • "Murdoch Au Naturel" • "Murdoch and the Cloud of Doom" • "The Ghost of Queen's Park" • "Murdoch in Ladies Wear" • "Victoria Cross" • "Twisted Sisters" • "Lovers in a Murderous Time" • "Crime and Punishment" • "The Murdoch Trap"|
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