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Murdoch Mysteries (2010)
Victor Bernard is poisoned while drinking wine from a skull during his initiation into a masonic lodge. But the autopsy shows that Victor was a woman. The murderer, a member of the lodge, later also kills a private detective and leaves his body in the "Hiram Room" of a masonic lodge.
Inspector Brackenreid and Constable Crabtree, two regular characters in this television series placed in 1890s Toronto, are members of the lodge and were present during the initiation.
The depiction of Freemasonry is highly imaginative, with a candidate entering the lodge room from the southeast corner in candle-lit procession with the officers of the lodge; the candidate drinking wine from a skull, the officers wearing robes with an all-seeing eye embroidered over the left breast, at least three pillars placed in the corners of the lodge, the administration of the lodge restricted to 33° Masons, and Mozart described as a close friend of the founder of the Illuminati. The use of a decorative masonic cypher in place of a tesselated border and the emphasis placed on what is termed a "blood oath", add further fictional embroidery.

Murdoch Mysteries "Victor, Victorian" (Season 3, Episode 3) Directed by Laurie Lynd, written by Maureen Jennings, Alexandra Zarowny. Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris, Sergio Di Zio, Angela Vint, Zoie Palmer, Mark Caven, Martin Doyle, Lachlan Murdoch, Kevin Dennis. Colour, Mono. (28 Mar. 2010)
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