Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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Blood and Circuses 

When a traveling circus comes to town a series of murders starting with the beautiful tiger trainer take center ring with Murdoch and Brackenreid.


Sudz Sutherland (as David Sutherland)


Maureen Jennings (characters), Paul Aitken | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Yannick Bisson ... Detective William Murdoch
Helene Joy ... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Thomas Craig ... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid
Jonny Harris ... Constable George Crabtree
Ashley Leggat ... Ivy
Lally Cadeau ... Lady Minerva
Bruce Dow ... Pierre Barnett
Evan Williams ... Jake the Magician
Michael Boisvert ... Count Leoline
Lachlan Murdoch ... Constable Henry Higgins
Sean Harraher ... Constable Worseley
Wayne Robson ... Bob Selby


Detective Murdoch deals with an interesting assortment of suspects when a circus animal trainer Kitty Walker is found dead, apparently attacked by the tiger in her charge. When the circus tries to leave town hurriedly, Murdoch has them all arrested and the station house is soon filled a variety of exotic characters. The manager, Pierre Barnett, had found her half-eaten inside inside the tiger's cage and it all seems to be nothing more than an accident until Dr. Ogden's autopsy reveals the animal had likely been starved for several days before the attack. Her autopsy of Kitty also shows that she was murdered - and not by the tiger, but stabbed in the throat. Kitty's best friend Ivy points the finger at the hirsute Count Leoline who in turn points to the magician. When one of the circus performers is killed in a jail cell, Murdoch has a second murder to solve. Written by garykmcd

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circus | tiger | cage | hirsute | magician | See All (35) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

2 May 2010 (Canada) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (LPCM) (Blu-ray)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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This episode takes place in 1897. See more »


Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Nobody commits murder in my jail cells and gets away with it!
[Looking at Athens the monkey]
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Understand? Hah?
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Circus people, clowns, card readers, magicians and more
25 March 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

This episode is about a woman named Kitty found dead in a animal cage believed to be killed by a tiger she frequently visited. The animal eats part of the woman and the police find out the chain had been shortened so the tiger could not get to his food bowel. Dr Ogden finds she died by a stab wound and then eaten by the hungry tiger after her death.

Murdoch has all the circus people brought in to the police station and it is like a menagerie of nuts. They are all in costume and take over the police dept. Murdoch's boss is pretty mad and wants them out. They refer to each other as "freaks" or "normal". Freaks are the ones that are different like a man that has hair all over is face like a wolf or normal some who have an act in the circus but no odd body traits.

It is discovered that there is jealousy between some of the men and women. Some are former lovers and those that can't let go.

Crabtree is infatuated by a tarot card reader. He believes all this spiritual stuff. Murdoch does not believe in card readers at least that is what he says. I find that this series uses contents of the Bible to prove a point which is in error. The tarot card reader says something like well God talked to Moses in the burning bush he could speak through card. Murdoch refutes this but then when she says things that he is going through he is like a man on a tight rope leaning this way and that. I was involved in the occult for years and card readers and fortune tellers comment general things that may be right but they are not getting their info from God even if it is correct. If some things in a reading are correct it not from God. It is how the evil spirits get people to believe.

Anyway the ending explanation of how the murders were committed are bizarre. The only real thing about this episode is a cute little monkey that keeps handling a cigar.

This is another fantasy land ending.

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