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A History of Murder
Season 04, Episode 14
Air Date January 16, 1997
Previous In Defense of Murder
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A History of Murder is the fourteenth episode of Diagnosis Murder's fourth season which was first broadcast on January 16, 1997.

Plot Edit

Mark investigates a 30-year old murder when the body of his old mentor is discovered entombed in a wall in the hospital.

Summary Edit

When Norman ceremonially knocks down a piece of wall at the inauguration of a Community General expansion named after rich hospital alumnus and benefactor Dr. Raymond Huxley, a completely bleached skeleton falls out. From his ring Mark identifies him as the late, brilliant cardiac surgeon Dr. Greg Nordoff, who disappeared on the day of the Dallas Kennedy assassination, while the hospital was in an even worse state, due to ongoing construction. Only a hearing aid remains intact, but turns out not to be his. Nordoff was assumed at the time to have embezzled a lot from the hospital's surgical research fund, so that previous crime, also decades ago, may be the key; Mark was too shell-shocked at the time to investigate, but is determined now -visited by flash-backs- to clear it all up, especially after nurse Jane Ellington, also on staff and Nordoff's lover in the Sixties, is murdered in the garage, after the fatal heart-attack of Dr. Huxley. Even finding records proves hard and physically dangerous for Jessie. There turns out to exist a crucial miniature pacemaker prototype...