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A Foreign Field

Australian crime drama. When the body of a man is found in a park, it falls to Dr Lucien Blake to find out not just how he died but also the man's true identity.


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DISTANT CONVERSATION

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THEY SPEAK IN ITALIAN

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HE EXCLAIMS IN ITALIAN

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It's all right, I s'pose. She's so pretty.

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-What about him?

-Oh, Cary Grant's gorgeous.

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Isn't he? I couldn't take my eyes off him.

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RUSTLING, TWIGS SNAPPING

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What was that?

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Anyway...

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RUSTLING CONTINUES Hello?

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Hello?

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Wonder how long he'd been following us.

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What?

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-That man.

-What about him?

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-He was here yesterday.

-So?

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He hasn't moved at all.

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Good morning.

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-Martha...

-Excuse me?

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Oh, my God.

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Morning.

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What have we got?

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We don't know.

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You checked his pockets?

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No, must have slipped our minds.

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Packet of cigarettes.

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Used train ticket from Bendigo via Castlemaine

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the day before yesterday.

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A numbered key tag.

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Don't know where from.

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A money clip with 30 quid but no ID.

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Right.

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Well done, thank you.

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His clothes are damp.

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Dew, probably. Judging by rigor mortis,

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I'd say the poor chap's been here for at least 12 hours.

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The woman who called it in said

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she saw him here about 3 o'clock yesterday.

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-She didn't realise he was dead.

-Right.

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Well, no obvious signs of foul play.

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Initial impression, natural causes.

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However...he looks fit, doesn't he?

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Finished?

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Yes. Well, until the autopsy.

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Everything ready, Sister?

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It's "Doctor", actually.

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Alice Harvey, the new pathology registrar.

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-Oh, I do apologise.

-No need, it happens all the time.

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Well, it shouldn't. Doctor Lucien Blake.

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-I thought you'd be younger.

-I used to be.

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Oh. No-one told me you had a sense of humour.

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Before we start,

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your dead man has removed all the labels from his clothing.

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I assume there's a reason.

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Yes, I'm sure there probably is.

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Skin irritation, or perhaps simply aesthetics.

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Any suggestions?

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Not yet.

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Well, then, Doctor, shall we?

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Adult male, approximately 40 to 45 years of age.

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Six foot tall, blue eyes, brown hair.

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I think you'll find the hair is grey.

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It's been dyed.

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You see here, there's a hint of regrowth.

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-Why would a man do that?

-That's a very good question.

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Vanity, perhaps?

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Anyhow, no distinguishing scars or tattoos.

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No puncture marks.

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His nails are very well manicured. No calluses.

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But this is interesting. Bruising on the knuckles.

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Was he trying to disguise himself?

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Dyeing his hair. Was he disguising himself?

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Well, I suppose it's possible,

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but what do you make of the knuckles?

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A fight?

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Rigor mortis in the major and minor muscle groups.

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Liver mortis is fixed.

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It fits with him dying yesterday.

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-I concur.

-I'm glad.

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You're not going to use that, are you?

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Well, unfortunately, the body didn't come with a zipper.

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We have disposable scalpels now.

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The American Journal of Pathology

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recommends their use over conventional blades.

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-Is that right?

-It pays to keep up.

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I'll keep that in mind.

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Perhaps you'd like to step out and get yourself some fresh air?

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I'm fine.

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But I wouldn't mind a cigarette...Doctor.

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DOOR CLOSES

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American Journal of Pathology.

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How about that?

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-It was such a shock.

-It was.

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And to see all those ants...

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Oh...I'm sorry.

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You're fine, ma'am.

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You mentioned you saw him yesterday?

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-Yes, I was going to the pictures.

-What time was that?

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Right on 3 o'clock. I was running late for a matinee.

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Uh-huh. And on the way back?

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No, I went home through the town.

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And when you saw him this morning,

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the man was in exactly the same position.

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-Yes.

-Is that right?

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That's how I knew something was wrong.

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He must have been dead the whole time.

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And what about you, Miss Harris? Were you in the gardens on Sunday?

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I spent Sunday visiting a sick aunt.

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She's had diphtheria.

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Was there anything else you can tell me?

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-No, I don't think...

-Actually, yes.

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-This morning, in the bushes.

-I forgot, yes.

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-We were followed by a man.

-Did you see him?

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He stayed in the bushes and when we were near the body, he ran away.

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We only saw him from behind.

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Uh...short dark hair, a bit taller than me?

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Mm, that's right. You know him?

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Third report this week.

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Did you actually see him with the body?

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-He was close by when we saw him, wasn't he?

-He was.

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Right. I'll let the superintendent know.

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The man we found...who was he?

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We're still working that out.

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Time to open up your stomach, eh?

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And what's say we try one of these newfangled scalpels?

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HISSING

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HE COUGHS AND GAGS

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So you're ruling out a heart attack?

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Cause of death was a catastrophic failure of multiple body systems.

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Death would have been very rapid and very painful. He was poisoned.

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I've sent tissue samples to the lab for toxicology.

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Funny thing, the stomach gases had a very particular odour.

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I can't quite put my finger on it.

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But I inhaled a hell of a lungful when I cut the stomach open.

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What were the contents?

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Well, I took some samples to do my own tests.

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His last meal, interestingly enough, was a pasty.

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It was only partly digested.

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So, are we talking accidental here, or...?

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Oh, I doubt it. The poison was very toxic and very fast acting.

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-Suicide?

-Possibly.

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And there was bruising on his knuckles.

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Looks as if he'd been in a fight the day before he died.

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Where's Charlie?

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Oh, he's following up on witness statements.

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How'd you get on with the new pathologist?

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You knew about her?

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I hear she takes some getting used to.

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So, unidentified victim, unidentified poison.

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-What else have you got?

-A terrible headache.

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Join the club.

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Good day, was it?

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I have a raging headache.

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-Well, that should help it.

-I am a doctor, Jean.

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Well, in that case, you can prescribe me a sherry after dinner.

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Done.

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Wonderful.

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Amaretto. That'll do for now.

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-What happened?

-He was poisoned.

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-Poisoned?

-Mm.

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-With what?

-We don't know yet.

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You won't catch me walking around there.

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Not with that man creeping about.

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-Jean.

-Well, Mattie, he is a menace.

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-We don't know that.

-Oh, yes, we do.

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He followed Lucy Cantrell home.

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Is everything all right?

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-Cyanide.

-What?

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"Bitter almonds run and hide, that's the smell of cyanide."

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They taught us that in basic training.

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They thought, at some point, we might be exposed to gas attack.

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"Smell the scent of new mown hay,

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"phosgene gas is on the way."

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There were dozens of them.

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Do you think the body in the park was gassed?

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It's possible.

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And today - forgive the gruesome details -

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but today I opened up his stomach and copped a lungful of his stomach gas...

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-Oh...

-..and - I'm sorry -

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it gave me the most horrendous headache.

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And I couldn't identify the smell until just now.

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Amaretto. Almonds. Cyanide.

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Excuse me.

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How's the headache?

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-Oh, it'll get there.

-I brought you some Bex.

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-Oh, thank you, Jean.

-What's in there?

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Well, I took a sample of his stomach contents

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and I'm going to mix it with ferrous sulphide and acid.

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Now, if the cyanide was present in the food,

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this should change colour.

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But, unfortunately, it's not changing.

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So you still don't know how he was poisoned.

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No, I'm afraid I don't.

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And it's rather sad, really.

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You know, his clothes were soaked with dew by the time we got to him.

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-Oh - he was there all night?

-Yes.

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Who was he?

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I don't know that, either.

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Well, when you do find out who he was,

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make sure someone tells his family.

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Good night, Lucien.

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Good night, Jean.

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Apparently he caught the train from Bendigo,

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but there's no record of him there.

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He's not on the missing persons register in Melbourne.

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I'll release his photo to the paper, see if we can't get anything.

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What are we looking at?

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Well, cyanide isn't that difficult to get hold of.

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It's used in mining, cleaning jewellery,

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used in some pesticides.

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The thing is, we still don't know how it was administered.

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-Cigarettes?

-No. Checked them. Nothing.

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What?

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We tracked it down. The key belongs to a locker at the train station.

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Go and check it out.

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Well, hang on.

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We still don't know what form the poison came in.

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We don't know what's in that locker.

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I'm just saying, it'd pay to be careful.

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Take Simons with you - and you might want to use a mask.

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Actually, do you think the doctor could accompany me instead?

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Certainly. Um...yes, Charlie, of course.

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-Great. Meet you out the front?

-Yes.

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Looks like you're growing on him.

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-OVER PA SYSTEM:

-Passengers, please note all services

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have been temporarily cancelled.

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-Area's clear.

-Good.

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So what are we expecting to find?

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Don't know.

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But you think it could be booby trapped?

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It's possible.

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Seems our man's been trying hard to keep his identity hidden.

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The boss said you're just back from China.

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That's right.

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Wow. What was it like?

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Fascinating.

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In what way?

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Why the interest, Charlie?

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-"Biggles in the Gobi Desert".

-Ah.

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Used to read it to my younger brothers.

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Made it sound amazing.

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They like it?

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Not half as much as I did.

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Well, perhaps I'll tell you about it sometime.

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Now, these intimidating-looking things.

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Straps go around the back of the head.

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Believe me, I've had some practice.

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Well...

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Ah...end's been sharpened.

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Yes.

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Yes, he was expecting trouble at some point, wasn't he?

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Yeah.

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Shirts.

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Dressing gown, shoes, socks.

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All the labels removed.

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What's that, Charlie?

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Poetry?

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Ah - The Return Of Perse-phone.

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Persephon-E. It's a new one on me, too.

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Hey, doc.

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"Porters Rooming House."

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Thank you, Charlie.

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-With you in a tick.

-Ah, thank you.

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You know, Charlie, China was terrifying in fact.

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I was in Shanghai, but there were stories going around.

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Stories about what was happening in the countryside.

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Didn't quite make it to the Gobi Desert, I'm afraid.

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So, what were you doing there?

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Oh, family matters.

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I also managed to catch up with a couple of contacts,

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you know, have a chat. People I knew.

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Anyone interesting?

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Oh, yes. China's at a real crossroads...

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Can I help you?

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Um, Senior Constable Davis from Ballarat Police.

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-This is Doctor Blake.

-How do you do?

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Do you, uh, recognise this bloke?

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It's all right. We just want to find out what we can about him.

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For his family.

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Big bloke. Brown hair. Bit of an accent.

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He stayed here two nights ago.

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Had a fight with another boarder.

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About what?

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Oh, who knows? The other bloke was a bit of a reffo.

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Did he leave a name, an address?

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-"John Smith."

-Funny name for a foreigner.

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And no forwarding address?

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That bloke your man had a punch-up with,

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he's working out at Chandler's orchard.

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Name's Carmello Benetti.

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Yeah, well, thanks for scaring off half my workforce.

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Well, what do you reckon I come back and we do a sweep of everyone's IDs?

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So what's Benetti gone and done this time, then, eh?

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Oh, routine enquiries. Is this one of your blokes?

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Nah.

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No, he's too white for this job.

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Don't keep it very long, all right?

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He's a good worker - unlike the rest of them.

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Is there anything else we should know?

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Yeah - you speak wog?

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Benetti.

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CHARLIE COUGHS AND SPLUTTERS

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Please. Please. No English.

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Mr Benetti, I'm arresting you on charges of assaulting police

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and resisting arrest.

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You don't have to say anything but anything you do say may be...

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Save your breath. He doesn't understand.

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Charlie, don't touch your face or put your hands near your mouth.

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He's thrown pesticide at you. What's the pesticide?

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-It's for the possums.

-What's the active ingredient?

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Cyanide.

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What the bloody hell do you think you were doing?

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Sorry.

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Is this where you're staying?

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-Si.

-You know this man?

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Si.

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You know his name?

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Thank you, Mr Benetti.

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Two nights ago, did you and this man have a fight?

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Si.

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And he did this to your eye?

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Very strong. Very rude.

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Mr Benetti, why fight?

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Libro.

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You fought over a book?

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Si. I teach myself English.

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I pick up his book.

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He is angry. We argue.

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We fight.

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Sunday afternoon, where were you?

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Giardini.

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Botanic Gardens.

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Si.

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Did you kill this man?

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This man, dead from poison. Did you do it?

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(No, no...)

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He kills the man over a book of poetry.

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Prior to confrontation, he has access to cyanide

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and he was in the gardens on Sunday.

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Poetry.

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You know, there was a poem in the man's suitcase

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from the station, torn out of a book.

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Um, excuse me.

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Yes, here we are. Look. "The Return Of Persephone."

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"Gliding through the still air, he made no sound,

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"Wingshod and deft, dropped almost..."

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Ahem...

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Yes. Benetti must have force-fed him the damned pesticide.

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How is that possible?

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Well, he is an aggressive bugger.

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Lawson, imagine.

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Imagine if I tried to force this poem down your throat?

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-I wouldn't.

-Well, you...

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Now, you see? That's what I'm talking about.

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In plain sight, on a Sunday afternoon,

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Benetti tries to force our man to swallow poison

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and no-one sees anything? Look.

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-Hey!

-Exactly.

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Ahem.

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Sorry to interrupt. Um, this is Mrs Lundqvist.

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Yes?

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Excuse me, but I saw this.

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This is my husband.

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That's him. His hair's darker, though.

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Full name?

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Sven. Sven Lundqvist.

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Nationality?

0:22:380:22:39

Swedish, originally.

0:22:390:22:41

Now, Mrs Lundqvist... You might need to explain yourself.

0:22:470:22:50

Three years we were married, and one day he just disappears.

0:22:510:22:55

Gone.

0:22:550:22:57

How long ago was this?

0:22:570:22:58

A year ago.

0:22:580:23:00

All that time I never knew.

0:23:000:23:02

I thought something horrible must have happened to him.

0:23:020:23:05

Why something horrible?

0:23:050:23:07

A husband doesn't just disappear for no reason.

0:23:070:23:09

I imagined all these awful things.

0:23:090:23:13

But he was here, all the time.

0:23:130:23:16

50 miles away.

0:23:160:23:18

Probably took up with some other woman.

0:23:180:23:21

50 miles?

0:23:210:23:22

I live in Castlemaine.

0:23:220:23:24

And I'm still his wife, so anything he left behind, it's mine.

0:23:240:23:28

-God knows he left me with nothing.

-What brought you to Ballarat?

0:23:280:23:31

Visiting my brother.

0:23:310:23:33

And what line of work is he in?

0:23:330:23:36

He's a jeweller.

0:23:360:23:37

And did you drive down from Castlemaine?

0:23:390:23:43

No, I caught the train. Why?

0:23:430:23:46

We might continue this down at the station, if you don't mind.

0:23:460:23:51

Is that necessary?

0:23:510:23:53

Yes, it is.

0:23:530:23:54

He abandons her.

0:24:000:24:01

She hears nothing for a year and then quite by chance,

0:24:010:24:04

happens to see him on the same train.

0:24:040:24:06

Is this where you tell me poisoning's usually a woman's crime?

0:24:060:24:09

Isn't it?

0:24:090:24:10

Jealousy's a much stronger motive

0:24:100:24:12

than an argument over a book of poetry.

0:24:120:24:14

And so is gaining financially from death.

0:24:140:24:16

We've been thinking the poison was forced on him.

0:24:160:24:20

What if it was something he took without realising?

0:24:200:24:22

Something she offered him?

0:24:220:24:24

I thought you said it wasn't in his food?

0:24:240:24:25

It wasn't. I'm just trying to work things out.

0:24:250:24:28

What if it was in liquid form, perhaps?

0:24:280:24:31

-Sir?

-Well...

0:24:310:24:32

I've been talking to witnesses from the gardens.

0:24:320:24:35

A couple of them remembered seeing our man,

0:24:350:24:38

and he wasn't alone.

0:24:380:24:40

Did they say who he was with?

0:24:400:24:42

It was a woman, with blonde hair.

0:24:420:24:44

And apparently, they were kissing.

0:24:470:24:49

Bring them in. Let's see if they recognise her.

0:24:490:24:51

Just head through this door.

0:24:550:24:57

I'll definitely speak to your parents about that.

0:25:020:25:05

Just step this way.

0:25:050:25:07

None of them recognised her.

0:25:220:25:24

No-one?

0:25:240:25:25

They all said that the woman was blonde,

0:25:250:25:27

but none of them saw her face.

0:25:270:25:29

How long can we keep her here?

0:25:290:25:31

Couple more hours, then we'll have to release her.

0:25:330:25:36

What do you have in mind?

0:25:360:25:37

Not really in the mood for this, Lucien.

0:25:410:25:44

Thank you anyway, Jean.

0:25:440:25:45

Now...

0:25:450:25:47

This is where that poor man was found.

0:25:470:25:49

Yes.

0:25:490:25:51

Um...

0:25:510:25:53

Would you mind turning round to face me?

0:25:530:25:56

Mm.

0:25:560:25:57

Yes. And, um...come a little closer.

0:25:590:26:02

Thank you. Now what can you see?

0:26:040:26:09

Well, you, obviously.

0:26:100:26:12

No, I mean, behind me.

0:26:120:26:15

Trees and some bushes.

0:26:170:26:19

Right.

0:26:210:26:22

Apparently, she had her arms around him, around his neck.

0:26:220:26:28

Hm.

0:26:280:26:29

Yes.

0:26:320:26:33

Now, still not entirely sure how this is supposed to work.

0:26:330:26:38

Oh? What part, exactly?

0:26:380:26:40

Cyanide is fast acting

0:26:400:26:42

and there'd be convulsions and involuntary moans.

0:26:420:26:47

Apparently no-one noticed a damn thing.

0:26:480:26:51

Maybe that's why she had her arms around him.

0:26:510:26:53

So no-one could see what was happening.

0:26:530:26:56

Yes, perhaps.

0:26:560:26:57

(Lucien, there's someone in the bushes.)

0:26:590:27:01

What? Really?

0:27:010:27:03

Right.

0:27:050:27:06

Hello?

0:27:080:27:10

Don't be alarmed, I just want to talk with you.

0:27:100:27:12

Oh!

0:27:120:27:14

-Jean, are you all right?

-Yes, I'm fine.

0:27:170:27:19

-Let's go home.

-Um...

0:27:210:27:24

-Just bear with me.

-Oh!

0:27:240:27:26

Lucien.

0:27:460:27:47

Yes, of course.

0:27:470:27:48

Have you any idea what's going on?

0:27:480:27:50

-Allow me.

-What's all that about?

0:27:500:27:53

Well, I'm...not entirely sure. Give that one to me.

0:27:530:27:56

It's heavy.

0:27:560:27:57

Yes, the more I find out, the less I seem to know.

0:27:570:28:00

You'll work it out. Do you think he saw what happened?

0:28:000:28:02

Bloody hell. Come on.

0:28:020:28:06

Charlie, where did you find him?

0:28:080:28:10

Same place.

0:28:100:28:11

He must have gone back after you and Mrs Beazley left.

0:28:110:28:14

It's all right. We just want to speak with you.

0:28:140:28:16

-Save your breath, doc.

-Interview room.

0:28:160:28:19

Calm down.

0:28:220:28:23

His hiding place in that park is a little way behind the tree.

0:28:260:28:29

If he was there Sunday, he might have seen the woman's face.

0:28:290:28:32

I don't like our chances of getting any sense out of that one.

0:28:320:28:36

I have an idea.

0:28:360:28:38

Davis, Miss O'Brien will sit in on the interview.

0:28:550:28:59

It's all right, Charlie.

0:28:590:29:01

She's done quite a lot of work with the impaired.

0:29:010:29:03

He's impaired, all right.

0:29:030:29:05

Just see what you can find out.

0:29:050:29:07

Hello. I'm Mattie O'Brien.

0:29:190:29:22

Hey, settle down, all right?

0:29:290:29:32

It's all right, Davis.

0:29:320:29:34

You're Aaron, aren't you?

0:29:370:29:39

Can you take those handcuffs off him, please?

0:29:430:29:46

Why on earth would I do that?

0:29:460:29:48

Because I think it'll help him calm down.

0:29:480:29:50

Please?

0:29:530:29:54

All right.

0:29:570:29:58

Hey, I'm going to take the cuffs off you, all right?

0:29:580:30:02

Do not move from that seat, do you hear me?

0:30:080:30:13

-AARON GRUNTS

-Oh!

0:30:200:30:22

Is that better?

0:30:330:30:35

You like the gardens, don't you?

0:30:380:30:41

You like the trees?

0:30:430:30:45

What do you do there?

0:30:450:30:47

Two days ago, did you see a man and a woman under a tree?

0:30:530:30:56

A man and a woman.

0:30:590:31:01

From your special place. Did you see them?

0:31:010:31:04

And what were they doing?

0:31:050:31:07

-Did he see her face?

-We're not sure.

0:31:130:31:17

We think he did, but it might not have registered with him.

0:31:170:31:21

Well, what did register with him?

0:31:210:31:22

He noticed she had a full figure.

0:31:240:31:26

He told you that?

0:31:260:31:28

Not in so many words.

0:31:290:31:31

Oh, tell me this hasn't come down to the size of a suspect's...

0:31:310:31:35

Excuse me, how much longer am I expected to sit here?

0:31:430:31:46

Not much longer, ma'am. We're just...

0:31:460:31:48

Do you mind?

0:31:480:31:49

I'll let the superintendent know. Sorry.

0:31:490:31:52

Just stand there.

0:31:560:31:57

So was that her?

0:31:590:32:00

I've got no idea.

0:32:000:32:02

Um...was that the woman in the park?

0:32:040:32:08

-Mate, just focus...

-Charlie!

0:32:100:32:12

Was that her?

0:32:150:32:16

Ah, she was curvier than that?

0:32:260:32:29

OK.

0:32:300:32:31

Mrs Lundqvist.

0:32:360:32:38

I came forward because I thought I was doing the right thing.

0:32:380:32:42

I've been insulted and made to wait.

0:32:420:32:45

I've been stared at.

0:32:450:32:46

You have no idea what it's like, no idea.

0:32:460:32:49

I am so sorry.

0:32:490:32:51

All this time, not knowing what had happened to him,

0:32:510:32:55

only to find out he'd simply walked away.

0:32:550:32:58

You have every right to be angry.

0:32:580:33:00

I thought he loved me.

0:33:020:33:03

Please.

0:33:060:33:07

They think I poisoned him.

0:33:150:33:17

And I hate to ask, but...did you?

0:33:210:33:25

No, of course not.

0:33:260:33:28

Can you think of a reason why anyone would want to?

0:33:280:33:31

No.

0:33:310:33:33

Then tell me about him.

0:33:340:33:35

He had a way of listening to you when he talked.

0:33:370:33:40

He actually listened, not like Australian men.

0:33:400:33:43

-He was always very popular with the women.

-Was he?

0:33:450:33:48

It wasn't that he was terribly good-looking, even.

0:33:490:33:52

It was just that he listened to you? Yeah.

0:33:520:33:56

What else can you tell me?

0:33:580:34:01

He loved music.

0:34:010:34:03

At night, he'd put on his records, and we'd talk.

0:34:040:34:08

What about?

0:34:080:34:09

The future, mostly.

0:34:090:34:12

He never liked to talk about the past.

0:34:120:34:14

Tell me...

0:34:190:34:20

Do you think Lundqvist was in fact his real name?

0:34:220:34:24

Of course, it's his real name.

0:34:240:34:28

It's my name now. Why would you ask that?

0:34:280:34:31

Well, no reason, really.

0:34:310:34:33

I'm dreadfully sorry. Forgive me for asking.

0:34:330:34:36

At least now I know what happened to him.

0:34:390:34:41

-Excuse me.

-Hmm?

0:34:550:34:57

I'm looking for a poem. I'm not entirely sure who wrote it.

0:34:570:35:01

-What's the poem?

-"The Return Of Persephone".

0:35:010:35:04

AD Hope. Wonderful writer.

0:35:040:35:06

You're the second person that's asked for him this week.

0:35:060:35:09

Just over here.

0:35:090:35:10

Oh!

0:35:130:35:14

Must be out on loan. I don't remember checking it out.

0:35:140:35:18

Who else was asking after it?

0:35:180:35:20

A Dutch fellow.

0:35:200:35:22

Frankly, I was surprised he knew anything about Australian poetry.

0:35:220:35:25

-Quite.

-Mm. Mm.

0:35:250:35:27

How did you know he was Dutch?

0:35:270:35:28

Oh, he told me. It's a wonderful poem, isn't it?

0:35:280:35:33

Quite sad, but rather physical, if you get my meaning.

0:35:330:35:37

Yes, yes, of course.

0:35:390:35:41

Sir?

0:35:420:35:44

Would you like me to reserve the book for you?

0:35:440:35:46

When the gentleman returns it?

0:35:460:35:48

That's quite all right. But thank you anyway.

0:35:480:35:51

Can I help you?

0:35:590:36:01

Yes, Doctor Lucien Blake. Police surgeon.

0:36:010:36:04

-Miss Patrick, is it?

-Yes.

0:36:040:36:07

-He's with the police, Else.

-Thanks, Martha.

0:36:100:36:13

-Yes?

-Hello.

0:36:130:36:15

Just a few extra questions, if I may, Miss Patrick.

0:36:150:36:18

Did you enjoy the movie you saw on Sunday?

0:36:180:36:20

Um, goodness, what was it? Bridge On the River Kwai.

0:36:200:36:24

-No - Indiscreet.

-Ah, Indiscreet, yeah.

0:36:240:36:28

The body you discovered. That poor, poor chap.

0:36:310:36:35

He was Dutch, wasn't he?

0:36:350:36:37

We don't seem to have it on our records,

0:36:370:36:39

but you spoke with him, didn't you?

0:36:390:36:40

No, I...

0:36:400:36:43

What are you implying?

0:36:430:36:45

Is everything all right?

0:36:450:36:46

I'd like you to leave.

0:36:460:36:48

Of course.

0:36:490:36:51

You don't happen to have a book of poetry by AD Hope?

0:36:510:36:55

Please, leave. Now.

0:36:550:36:57

Thank you both for your time.

0:36:590:37:01

-Good evening.

-Good evening.

0:37:090:37:12

I was here earlier about...

0:37:120:37:14

You're with the police. What do you want?

0:37:140:37:16

The gentleman we were asking after.

0:37:180:37:20

Did he happen to leave anything in his room?

0:37:200:37:22

No.

0:37:220:37:24

-Mind if I take a look?

-There's another bloke in there now.

0:37:240:37:27

But I cleaned the room before he went in.

0:37:270:37:29

-There was nothing there.

-Right.

0:37:290:37:31

-Did he have any visitors?

-No.

0:37:310:37:34

Any female callers?

0:37:340:37:35

No. He was a very nice man, very decent.

0:37:350:37:39

-Now, if you don't mind...

-Yes, he was.

0:37:390:37:41

He was a very decent man.

0:37:410:37:44

You see, the thing is, he died the day after he stayed here

0:37:440:37:50

and that's why I'm here.

0:37:500:37:51

And I'm looking for a book of poetry.

0:37:510:37:53

He gave it to you, didn't he?

0:37:570:37:58

He said he didn't need it anymore.

0:37:580:38:01

May I see it, please?

0:38:020:38:04

What do you need it for?

0:38:090:38:11

I'm really not sure.

0:38:110:38:13

Do you mind if I...

0:38:200:38:22

..if I hang on to it for a bit?

0:38:230:38:25

I promise I'll get it back to you.

0:38:250:38:28

I'm so sorry he died.

0:38:280:38:30

He was...different.

0:38:300:38:34

Yes, he was.

0:38:340:38:36

Thank you.

0:38:360:38:38

LAWSON: What kind of code?

0:38:410:38:42

Well, I'm guessing it's some type of one-time pad encryption algorithm.

0:38:440:38:49

In English?

0:38:490:38:51

Well, it uses a series of letters and numbers.

0:38:510:38:54

The letters correspond to the numbers,

0:38:540:38:56

and there's a key, a certain page the algorithm refers to.

0:38:560:39:00

Now, you combine the two, you have a simple code.

0:39:000:39:04

Almost unbreakable, unless you've got the right key.

0:39:040:39:08

How the hell do you know all this?

0:39:080:39:09

Well, I may have come across something similar after the war,

0:39:110:39:15

but my point is this.

0:39:150:39:17

I think our man in the morgue

0:39:180:39:20

was involved in some kind of intelligence work.

0:39:200:39:23

Hmm.

0:39:230:39:24

And you don't seem at all surprised.

0:39:240:39:27

Well, we've been getting some phone calls.

0:39:270:39:29

People recognised his photo in the paper.

0:39:290:39:32

A woman in Stawell had an affair with him five years ago.

0:39:320:39:35

According to her, he was a Norwegian by the name of Tor Olsen.

0:39:350:39:39

Walked out on her as well.

0:39:390:39:42

An affair in Shepparton, and he was Dutch.

0:39:420:39:45

Niels van der Berg.

0:39:450:39:47

Ran all this past Immigration.

0:39:470:39:50

The names belong to children of deceased immigrants.

0:39:500:39:52

Bloody hell.

0:39:520:39:53

Somehow, he got hold of the records.

0:39:530:39:56

So, he cuts all the labels off his clothing.

0:39:560:39:59

He dyed his hair.

0:39:590:40:01

Throw this code business into the mix...

0:40:010:40:04

-You think you can crack this?

-I can try.

0:40:040:40:07

Well, we've got a day. We've got to get that body out of the morgue.

0:40:070:40:10

We don't even have a name for him.

0:40:100:40:12

We better get a move on, then.

0:40:120:40:14

I've, uh...been fielding calls about you as well.

0:40:160:40:21

Who from?

0:40:210:40:23

Federal police. The army.

0:40:230:40:26

Wanting to know about your recent travels.

0:40:270:40:29

Charlie's showing interest, too.

0:40:320:40:34

What exactly did you do after the war, Blake?

0:40:340:40:36

Well...I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

0:40:360:40:41

This is no joke.

0:40:420:40:43

I know.

0:40:470:40:48

CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYS

0:40:530:40:55

Right.

0:41:110:41:13

Corresponding numbers -

0:41:130:41:15

2, 32. 23.

0:41:150:41:20

Off to a flying start, Lucien.

0:41:200:41:22

HE MUTTERS

0:41:220:41:24

KNOCKING

0:41:340:41:36

-Lucien, I'm heading to bed. Is there anything you need?

-Um...

0:41:360:41:39

MUSIC STOPS

0:41:390:41:40

No, I don't think so, Jean. Thank you.

0:41:400:41:44

Is that your key?

0:41:440:41:45

Hopefully.

0:41:450:41:47

Do you really think there are spies in Ballarat?

0:41:490:41:52

Oh, not spies as such.

0:41:520:41:56

Just people who work for other governments.

0:41:560:41:59

They're everywhere.

0:41:590:42:00

Is that what you used to do?

0:42:010:42:03

Yes.

0:42:080:42:09

For a time, it was.

0:42:090:42:10

Maybe this man was a Soviet.

0:42:150:42:16

Well, perhaps.

0:42:160:42:19

You know, there's a story going around about Soviet agents,

0:42:200:42:24

how they'd carry cyanide pills with them

0:42:240:42:27

in case they were captured.

0:42:270:42:29

So maybe this man ended his own life.

0:42:290:42:32

Oh, mind you, it was so very public.

0:42:340:42:36

And there was that woman friend.

0:42:360:42:39

One thing I do know, Lawson needs him out of the morgue

0:42:420:42:46

so we're going to have to bury him soon.

0:42:460:42:48

-Did you find out his name?

-We thought we had.

0:42:480:42:50

We never had a funeral for Christopher.

0:42:540:42:56

Oh, Jean, I didn't know.

0:42:580:42:59

Well...he died along with the rest of his section, but...

0:43:010:43:05

..it was six months before they told me.

0:43:070:43:10

He was long buried.

0:43:110:43:13

You know, it's just the thought of him

0:43:160:43:19

being buried alone there,

0:43:190:43:22

with no-one to say goodbye.

0:43:220:43:25

Well, I'll leave you to it.

0:43:300:43:32

Good night, Jean.

0:43:370:43:38

CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYS

0:43:400:43:42

Blonde hair.

0:43:490:43:51

Sven Lundqvist, Tor Olsen, Niels van der Berg.

0:43:570:44:02

"...ravenous eyes.

0:44:060:44:07

"To see her shake, the midnight drifting

0:44:070:44:10

"from her loosened hair,

0:44:100:44:12

"the girl once more in all her actions wake

0:44:120:44:15

"the blush of colour in her cheeks appear,

0:44:150:44:18

"lost with her flowers that day beside the lake."

0:44:180:44:22

Blonde hair.

0:44:290:44:31

Cheers to blonde hair.

0:44:320:44:34

Ahem.

0:44:490:44:50

Well, that turned out to be rather more complex than I thought.

0:44:540:44:59

Well, at least you gave it a try.

0:44:590:45:02

HE GROANS

0:45:020:45:04

Oh, I don't know Jean.

0:45:040:45:05

Perhaps I'm using the wrong key.

0:45:050:45:08

It seems to me there are too few symbols or something.

0:45:080:45:14

But please, help yourself.

0:45:140:45:17

I've spent the entire evening staring at the damned thing.

0:45:170:45:20

Perhaps fresh eyes would be good.

0:45:200:45:22

-What's this, then?

-Part of the cipher.

0:45:220:45:26

You see, the technique is you connect the key and the message

0:45:260:45:30

using modular addition.

0:45:300:45:31

It looks like a Ballarat phone number to me.

0:45:330:45:34

-LAUGHING:

-No.

0:45:340:45:36

No, no, no, just a fraction of the text.

0:45:360:45:39

Right. Well, I'd best tidy all this away.

0:45:390:45:41

Very good.

0:45:410:45:43

"Gliding through the still air..." Gliding through hell.

0:45:450:45:49

Bloody nightmare of a thing.

0:45:510:45:53

Just had the Ballarat Historical Society on the phone.

0:45:530:45:56

Now, Elsie Patrick.

0:45:560:45:57

Wasn't she that woman who found that dead body?

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I didn't hear the phone ring.

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Oh, no, no. I rang them.

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That's their number.

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Mattie!

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You think he'll talk to us?

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Well, I have a feeling he might talk to you.

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Come on.

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-Try over there, eh?

-Hm.

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You stay here.

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Give me a shout if you need me.

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SHE GASPS

0:47:100:47:12

Hello, Aaron. How are you?

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-Lucien?

-Mattie?

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Can you come out?

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I would like you to come back out, please, but calmly.

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It's all right, it's all right. This is my friend, Lucien.

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Men frighten him, Lucien. Don't come any closer.

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All right. Mattie, that's a very expensive coat he's wearing.

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He didn't have that the last time I saw him.

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That's a lovely coat you're wearing. Where did you get it from?

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Yes, I thought as much.

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Mattie, do you think you could check to see

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if there's a label at the back of the coat?

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Would you hold still for me?

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The label's been cut off and...

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..blonde hair.

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It's a woman's, by the length of it.

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May I see it?

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Not a woman's, as such.

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In fact, it's not even human.

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I would say, however, that's come from a wig.

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Miss Patrick, good morning.

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I've told you everything I know.

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Yes, yes.

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But your colleague hasn't.

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Martha?

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-Miss, ah...

-Harris.

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Ah, Miss Harris.

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How can I help you?

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Does the Historical Society have any material, any books,

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on migrant settlement in Ballarat?

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-A few, actually.

-Wonderful.

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I'd love to see what you have.

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Stay where you are.

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I'm just getting my purse.

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Martha?

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Martha Harris.

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Member of the Australian Communist Party since 1943.

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The Soviets were our allies and it's not illegal.

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Sacked from a government job

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under suspicion of having a relationship

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with an attache at the Soviet Embassy,

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who subsequently went missing.

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Is that why you moved to Ballarat?

0:49:480:49:49

No. I have a sick aunt who lives here.

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Suffering from...diphtheria.

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Does she know you were wearing her wig in the park?

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May I smoke?

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How many identities did you manufacture for him?

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Sven Lundqvist.

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He died in Wendouree in 1912 at the age of three.

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Niels van der Berg died at Castlemaine in 1897

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at the age of...six months.

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Tor Olsen...

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I have no idea what you're talking about.

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Do you like poetry, Miss Harris?

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"Foreknowing all bounds of passion, of power, of art,

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"mastered but could not mask his deep despair.

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"Even as she turned with Hermes to depart,

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"looking her last on her grim ravisher,

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"for the first time, she loved him from her heart."

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Was that what it was like for you?

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Holding him while he died?

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Whoever this attache was, you loved him.

0:51:050:51:08

You'd given up everything for him. Everything.

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And he couldn't even remain faithful.

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What about his marriage?

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Was that the last straw?

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You should charge me, if you have anything, or let me go.

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But there's no reason to go on talking like this.

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You're right.

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Anyway, this is no longer in our jurisdiction.

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There are agents on their way to talk to you, Miss Harris.

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Unless you have anything else to say, this interview is over.

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Miss Harris?

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No.

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I have nothing more to say.

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Cyanide. Sugar-coated to disguise it.

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You did love him. Passionately.

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But unlike you, he was trained to walk away.

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I gave up everything for him.

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I found him new places to live, new identities.

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But every time, he found another lover.

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And the message you wrote in that book,

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you were arranging to meet, weren't you?

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I'd had enough.

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He was a traitor.

0:52:360:52:38

To his country?

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To me.

0:52:450:52:46

Charlie, there's terrible famine in parts of China right now.

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Insurgencies in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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And yet that woman murdered her lover

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because he was unfaithful.

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It's a complicated old world.

0:53:400:53:43

Jean?

0:53:530:53:54

Jean, do you know where I put my...?

0:53:570:53:59

Thank you.

0:54:000:54:01

-Presentable?

-Yes, you are now.

0:54:050:54:08

Have you worked out what you're going to say?

0:54:080:54:11

Well, it's a pauper's funeral, just Lawson and I.

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And the good people from the funeral home, of course.

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What about the wife?

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No, she couldn't face it.

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I'm going to say that even though we don't know this man's name,

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even though he was born and fought under another flag,

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he's resting with us now,

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and we will look after him as one of our own.

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Is it all right if I come with you?

0:54:400:54:42

Yes, of course.

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Right.

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When the body of a man is found in a park, it falls to Dr Lucien Blake to use his unorthodox methods and find out not just how he died but also the man's true identity.


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