“I’M THE THREE FILE MAN”. The Murders and the weapons used in Morse.

A Morse fan, Paul Jackson, who like me is a member of the Endeavour/Morse/Lewis Facebook page put forward an idea for a post in my blog. That idea was to name all the characters in the Inspector Morse TV series who were murdered or at least were dead at the end of the episode. Being something of lover of lists I took up the challenge in the hope it may interest other Morse fans. Let’s start off with how people died and from which episodes. The numbers in brackets after the means of death relates to the total number of deaths for that particular method.

There will of course be spoilers within this post.

Suicide(11) ‘The Dead of Jericho’ (hanging), ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (sleeping pills): ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’ (hanging): ‘Masonic Mysteries’ (gun): ‘Promised Land’ (gun): ‘Dead on Time, (assisted): ‘Dead on Time’ (pills): ‘Death of the Self’ (cutting wrists): ‘Cherubim and Seraphim’ (3 deaths; pain killers, train and unknown).

Head Bashed in  – (11) ‘Dead of Jericho’ (bedpost): ‘The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn’ (poker): ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (brick): ‘Settling of the Sun’ (unknown weapon): ‘Settling of the Sun’ (croquet mallet): ‘Ghost in the Machine’ (camera tripod): ‘Sins of the Fathers’ (paper weight): ‘Happy Families’ (unknown weapon, twice): ‘Deadly Slumber’ (wrench): ‘Way Through the Woods’ (unknown weapon):

Poisoning –  (1) ‘The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn’ (cyanide).

Stabbed(17) ‘Service of all the Dead’ (knife), ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (knife): ‘Deceived by Flight’ (scissors): ‘Driven to Distraction’ (knife, three murders): ‘Masonic Mysteries’ (knife): ‘Second Time Around’ (knife): ‘Who Killed Harry Field’ (spike): ‘Happy Families’ (knife): ‘Absolute Conviction’ (syringe plunged into chest): ‘Day of the Devil’ (knife but also set alight with petrol): ‘Way Through the Woods’ (knife): ‘The Daughters of Cain’ (knife, twice): ‘The Remorseful Day’ (twice).

Strangled(4) ‘Service of all the Dead’ (rope): ‘Settling of the Sun’ (rope): ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’ (Unknown): ‘The Wench is Dead’.

Accident(7) ‘Service of all the Dead’ (slip from church roof): ‘Last Bus to Woodstock (run over by car): ‘Second Time Around’ (head hits fireplace):  ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’ (fall from a balcony): ‘Death of the Self’ (spike attached to tree): ‘The Daughters of Cain’ (fall from window):  ‘Death is now my Neighbour’ (falling down stairs).

Heart Attack(7)‘The Wolvercote Tongue’: ‘The Infernal Serpent’: ‘Fat Chance’ (combination of pills and wine): ‘Promised Land’ (stroke): ‘Absolute Conviction’ (during a fight): ‘Deadly Slumber’: ‘The Remorseful Day’.

Natural Causes(2) ‘Settling of the Sun’: ‘The Wench is Dead’.

Car Crash(4) ‘Ghost in the Machine’: ‘Dead on Time’ (two people): ‘Cherubim and Seraphim’.

Shot(13) ‘The Last Enemy’ (twice): ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’: ‘Promised Land (twice): ‘Happy Families’: ‘Day of the Devil’: ‘Twilight of the Gods’: ‘Way Through the Woods’ (three, once with gun and twice by shotgun): ‘Death is now my Neighbour’ (twice).

Bludgeoned(2) ‘The Last Enemy’ (unknown weapon): ‘The Remorseful Day’ (metal crutch).

Fire –  (3) ‘Deceived by Flight’ (3 unknown men in a shop).

Electrocution(1) ‘Deceived by Flight’ (radio wire).

Cancer(1) ‘The Infernal Serpent’.

Drowning(2) ‘Sins of the Fathers’ (in a fermenting vat, twice).

Broken Neck(2) ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’ (head wrenched back, twice).

AIDS(1) ‘Promised Land’.

Asphyxiation(1) ‘Deadly Slumber’ (carbon monoxide).

Removed from Life Support(1) ‘Deadly Slumber’.

Brain Tumour(1) ‘The Daughters of Cain’.

Fall(1) ‘The Remorseful Day’ (ladder knocked away from victim).

Unclear(9) (1) Lionel Pawlin’s death in ‘Service of all the Dead’ could have been suicide or murder. He jumped or was pushed from the church tower. (2) In the same episode it is unclear as to how Peter Morris and Brenda Josephs were murdered. (3) In the episode ‘Last Seen Wearing’ it is unclear if Cheryl Baines is pushed from the top of the stairs or fell. (4) In the episode ‘Settling of the Sun’ it is unclear as to how the Japanese drug dealer killed Michael Robson. (5) In the episode ‘The Infernal Serpent’ it looks unclear as to how Blanche killed her husband Matthew Copley Barnes but it looks like she used a heavy object. (6) How Desmond McNutt is killed isn’t made clear in the episode, ‘Masonic Mysteries’. (7) John Mitchell beaten by Dawson but unclear as to ‘beaten by what’. Probably fists. (8) In ‘Who Killed Harry Field’ how Harry was killed is unknown. (9) How Steven Ford is murdered in ‘Happy Families’ isn’t clear but a stonemason’s tool is found alongside his body.

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS = 103

Breaking it down by gender there have been 32 female deaths in the 33 episodes of Morse. Of those 32 fourteen were murdered while 53 men were murdered, (possibly 54 if you count the death of Lionel Pawlin in the episode Service of all the Dead). There has been a female murderer twelve times: Mrs Warbut in Settling of the Sun; Lady Hanbury in Ghost in the Machine; Kate Donn in Deceived by Flight; Blanche Copley Barnes in The Infernal Serpent; Isobel Radford in Sins of the Fathers; Friday Rees kills two people in Greeks Bearing Gifts; Susan Fallon assists her husband in his suicide in Dead on Time; Margaret Cliff  kills three people in Happy Families; Jessica in Happy Families; Karen Anderson kills three people in The Way Through the Woods; Julia Stevens in The Daughters of Cain; Angela Storrs kills two people in Death is now my Neighbour.

Rosemary Henderson was an accomplice to a murder in The Secret of Bay 5B and WPC Nora Curtis shot John Peter Barrie in self defence in the episode, The Day of the Devil.

The second part of this post is pictures of all those characters who died by fair means or foul. Those names with a picture of a box with a question mark denotes that the character is never actually seen in the episode but their death has been mentioned.

SUICIDE

(11) ‘The Dead of Jericho’ (hanging), ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (sleeping pills): ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’ (hanging): ‘Masonic Mysteries’ (gun): ‘Promised Land’ (gun): ‘Dead on Time, (assisted): ‘Dead on Time’ (pills): ‘Death of the Self’ (cutting wrists): ‘Cherubim and Seraphim’ (3 deaths; pain killers, train and unknown).

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Anne Staveley (Dead of Jericho)   Marion Kemp (The Wolvercote Tongue)

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Brian Pearce (The Secret Of Bay 5B)   Hugo De Vries (Masonic Mysteries)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h45m06s42  Mike Harding (Promised land)vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h47m04s200

Henry Fallon (Dead on Time)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h47m57s211             Susan Fallon (Dead on Time)          vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h02m11s55

May Lawrence (Death of the Self)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h07m30s169                       Marilyn Garrett (Cherubim and Seraphim)      vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h08m12s82

Jacko Lever (Cherubim and Seraphim)

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Unknown Girl (Cherubim and Seraphim)

HEAD BASHED IN

(11) ‘Dead of Jericho’ (bedpost): ‘The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn’ (poker): ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (brick): ‘Settling of the Sun’ (unknown weapon): ‘Settling of the Sun’ (croquet mallet): ‘Ghost in the Machine’ (camera tripod): ‘Sins of the Fathers’ (paper weight): ‘Happy Families’ (unknown weapon, twice): ‘Deadly Slumber’ (wrench): ‘Way Through the Woods’ (unknown weapon):

vlcsnap-2014-01-30-12h10m28s36           George Jackson (Dead of Jericho)              vlcsnap-2014-02-12-21h06m47s150

Philip Ogilby (The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn)

vlcsnap-2014-03-13-10h55m37s168               Theodore Kemp (The Wolvercote Tongue)                           vlcsnap-2014-05-21-15h33m30s140

Substitute Yukio Li (Settling of the Sun)

Untitled                         Real Yukio Li (Settling of the Sun)vlcsnap-2014-07-08-13h15m13s124

Lord Hanbury (Ghost in the Machine).

vlcsnap-2015-03-16-11h00m02s123                      Alfred Nelson (Sins of the Fathers) vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h52m40s227

Sir John Balcombe (Happy Families)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h13m38s8                      Michael Steppings (Deadly Slumber)      vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h53m01s187

Harry Balcombe (Happy Families)

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James Myton (The Way through the Woods)

POISONING

(1) The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn’ (cyanide).

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Nicholas Quinn (The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn)

STABBED

(17) ‘Service of all the Dead’ (knife), ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (knife): ‘Deceived by Flight’ (scissors): ‘Driven to Distraction’ (knife, three murders): ‘Masonic Mysteries’ (knife): ‘Second Time Around’ (knife): ‘Who Killed Harry Field’ (spike): ‘Happy Families’ (knife): ‘Absolute Conviction’ (syringe plunged into chest): ‘Day of the Devil’ (knife but also set alight with petrol): ‘Way Through the Woods’ (knife): ‘The Daughters of Cain’ (knife, twice): ‘The Remorseful Day’ (twice).

Untitled             Simon Pawlen (Service of all the Dead)                      vlcsnap-2014-03-13-11h22m21s73

Lucy Downes (Wolvercote Tongue)

vlcsnap-2014-08-17-15h47m34s221         Peter Foster (Deceived by Flight)              vlcsnap-2015-04-30-23h23m25s134

Jackie Thorn (Driven to Distraction)

vlcsnap-2015-04-30-23h34m27s96               Paula Steadman (Driven to Distraction)                      black_box2

Maureen Thompson (Driven to Distraction)

vlcsnap-2015-04-13-02h40m11s109                Beryl Newsome (Masonic Mysteries)        vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h28m45s212

Mary Lapsley (Second Time Around)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h33m35s41                  Paul Eirl (Who Killed Harry Field?)     vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h54m17s173

Lady Balcombe (Happy Families)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h06m09s129                        Roland Sherman (Absolute Conviction)             vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h16m31s208

Steven Trevors (Day of the Devil)

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Dr. Felix McClure (The Daughters of Cain)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h27m30s140             Ted Brooks (The Daughters of Cain)                  vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h50m45s10

Harry Repp (The Remorseful Day)

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Paddy Flynn (The Remorseful Day)

STRANGLED

(4) Service of all the Dead’ (rope): ‘Settling of the Sun’ (rope): ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’ (Unknown): ‘The Wench is Dead’.

jamesGriffiths                           Paul Morris (Service of all the Dead) vlcsnap-2014-05-21-15h34m22s148

Graham Daniel (Settling of the Sun)

vlcsnap-2014-09-10-13h40m19s44                         Michael Gifford (Secret of Bay 5B)  vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h43m47s180

Unknown Woman (The Wench is Dead)

ACCIDENT

(7) ‘Service of all the Dead’ (slip from church roof): ‘Last Bus to Woodstock (run over by car): ‘Second Time Around’ (head hits fireplace):  ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’ (fall from a balcony): ‘Death of the Self’ (spike attached to tree): ‘The Daughters of Cain’ (fall from window):  ‘Death is now my Neighbour’ (falling down stairs).

mauriceoConnell                          Harry Josephs (Service of all the Dead)    vlcsnap-2014-06-18-13h45m54s10

Sylvia Kane (Last Bus to Woodstock)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h25m58s77    Charlie Hillian (Second Time Around)                               vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h39m01s230

Friday Rees (Greeks Bearing Gifts)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h01m28s138                        May Lawrence (Death of the Self) black_box2

Matthew Rodway (The Daughters of Cain)

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Shelly Cornford (Death is now my Neighbour)

HEART ATTACK

(7)‘The Wolvercote Tongue’: ‘The Infernal Serpent’: ‘Fat Chance’ (combination of pills and wine): ‘Promised Land’ (stroke): ‘Absolute Conviction’ (during a fight): ‘Deadly Slumber’: ‘The Remorseful Day’.

vlcsnap-2014-03-13-10h47m23s86                               Laura Poindexter (The Wolvercote Tongue            dr dear

Dr. Julian Dear (The Infernal Serpent)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h30m56s244                Victoria Hazlett (Fat Chance)  vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h41m06s207

Lily Marchant (Promised Land)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h05m24s193                          Lawrence Cryer (Absolute Conviction)            vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h13m49s124

Claire Brewster (Deadly Slumber)

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Endeavour Morse (The Remorseful Day)

NATURAL CAUSES

(2) ‘Settling of the Sun’: ‘The Wench is Dead’.

vlcsnap-2014-05-21-15h32m04s50                        Rev. Robson (Settling of the Sun)vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h46m01s242

Patient next to Morse’s bed (The Wench is Dead)

CAR CRASH

(4) ‘Ghost in the Machine’: ‘Dead on Time’ (two people): ‘Cherubim and Sophocles’.

vlcsnap-2014-07-08-14h06m41s33                       Roger Meadows (Ghost in the Machine)                 vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h47m16s60

Henrietta & Paul Fallon (Dead on Time)

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Dr. Desmond Collier (Cherubim & Seraphim)

SHOT

(13) ‘The Last Enemy’ (twice): ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’: ‘Promised Land (twice): ‘Happy Families’: ‘Day of the Devil’: ‘Twilight of the Gods’: ‘Way Through the Woods’ (three, once with gun and twice by shotgun): ‘Death is now my Neighbour’ (twice).

balarat         Balarat (The Last Enemy)   vlcsnap-2014-07-24-11h36m36s6

Sir Alexander Reece (The Last Enemy)

vlcsnap-2014-08-17-22h33m35s121                                  George Henderson (Secret of Bay 5B)vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h41m50s133

Con O’Neill (Promised Land)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h42m21s180                       Sgt Scott Humphries (Promised Land)            vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h53m04s219

James Balcome (Happy Families)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h15m52s73                             John Peter Barrie (Day of the Devil)vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h19m28s178

Neville Grimshaw (The Twilight of the Gods)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h25m02s191              David Michaels (Way Through the Woods)                               vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h24m11s195

George Daley (Way Through the Woods)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h25m35s9                   Cathy Michaels (Way Through the Woods)                         vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h40m46s161

Rachel James (Death is now my Neighbour)

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Geoffrey Owens (Death is now my Neighbour)

BLUDGEONED

(2) ‘The Last Enemy’ (unknown weapon): ‘The Remorseful Day’ (metal crutch).

vlcsnap-2014-07-24-11h37m25s243                              Dr David Kerridge (The Last Enemy)vlcsnap-2015-07-31-15h48m03s180

Yvonne Harrison (The Remorseful Day)

FIRE

(3) ‘Deceived by Flight’ (3 unknown men in a shop).

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Three Unknown Men (Deceived by Flight)

ELECTROCUTION

(1) ‘Deceived by Flight’ (radio wire).

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Anthony Donn (Deceived by Flight)

CANCER

(1) ‘The Infernal Serpent’.

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Mrs McGovern (The Infernal Serpent)

DROWNING

(2) ‘Sins of the Fathers’ (in a fermenting vat, twice).

vlcsnap-2015-03-16-10h44m51s226              Stephen Radford (Sins of the Father)                  vlcsnap-2015-03-16-10h53m22s215

Trevor Radford (Sins of the Father)

BROKEN NECK

(2) ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’ (head wrenched back, twice).

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h36m24s199                  Nicos Capparis (Greeks Bearing Gifts)                vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h37m27s64

Maria Capparis (Greeks Bearing Gifts)

AIDS

(1) ‘Promised Land’.

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Peter Matthews (Promised Land)

ASPHYXIATION

(1) ‘Deadly Slumber’ (carbon monoxide).

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Matthew Brewster (Deadly Slumber)

REMOVED FROM LIFE SUPPORT

(1) ‘Deadly Slumber’.

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Avril Steppings (Deadly Slumber)

BRAIN TUMOUR

(1) ‘The Daughters of Cain’.

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Julia Stevens (The Daughters of Cain)

FALL

(1) ‘The Remorseful Day’ (ladder knocked away from victim).

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John Barron (The Remorseful Day)

UNCLEAR

(10) (1) Lionel Pawlin’s death in ‘Service of all the Dead’ could have been suicide or murder. He jumped or was pushed from the church tower. (2) In the same episode it is unclear as to how Peter Morris and Brenda Josephs were murdered. (3) In the episode ‘Last Seen Wearing’ it is unclear if Cheryl Baines is pushed from the top of the stairs or fell. (4) In the episode ‘Settling of the Sun’ it is unclear as to how the Japanese drug dealer killed Michael Robson. (5) In the episode ‘The Infernal Serpent’ it looks unclear as to how Blanche killed her husband Matthew Copley Barnes but it looks like she used a heavy object. (6) How Desmond McNutt is killed isn’t made clear in the episode, ‘Masonic Mysteries’. (7) John Mitchell beaten by Dawson but unclear as to ‘beaten by what’. Probably fists. (8) In ‘Who Killed Harry Field’ how Harry was killed is unknown. (9) How Steven Ford is murdered in ‘Happy Families’ isn’t clear but a stonemason’s tool is found alongside his body.

johnnormington                                Lional Pawlin (Service of all the Dead)           paulmorrisSon

Paul Morris (Service of all the Dead)

brenda                      Brenda Josephs (Service of all the Dead)         vlcsnap-2014-04-21-18h28m10s175

Cheryl Baines (Last Seen Wearing)

vlcsnap-2014-05-21-15h36m34s183                               Michael Dobson (Settling of the Sun)vlcsnap-2015-01-04-11h56m57s46

Matthew Copley Barnes (The Infernal Serpent)

vlcsnap-2015-07-07-11h51m15s197           Desmond McNutt (Masonic Mysteries)                           vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h29m21s68

John Mitchell (Second Time Around)

vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h31m39s160                           Harry Field (Who Killed Harry Field?)              vlcsnap-2015-07-31-14h57m29s50

Steven Ford (Happy Families)

Well I hope you all enjoy this new post. I never thought that the Morse series contained over 100 deaths. I owe a big debt of gratitude to David Bishop’s wonderful publication, ‘The Complete Inspector Morse’.

 

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2 comments

  1. Hi Chris, I know this is a rather old blog entry now, but you refer several times to Cherubim and Sophocles – as I am sure you know, the episode title is Cherubim and Seraphim (I’m guessing it’s an autocorrect or typo)
    Cheers,

    Mark

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