Halifax FP

Season 5 Episode 3

A Hate Worse Than Death

Aired Unknown Nov 05, 2000 on The Nine Network

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  • A well-known gossip columnist turns up at a police station covered in blood screaming that his male lover has been murdered. Jane Halifax is called in to help unravel the mystery.

    Celebrity gossip columnist, Simon Laser, (Nicholas Eadie) is a very unpopular man with many people because of the scathing comments he prints about the rich and famous in his regular magazine column. When he turns up at a Melbourne police station late at night, covered in blood and near hysteria, claiming that his lover, Harvey Masters, QC, has been murdered and that he just found the body, the police take him into custody as their cheif suspect in the killing of the prominent citizen.

    When Dr. Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney) joins the investigative team, she gets entirelly conflicting stories from the suspect,and from Margaret Masters, (Julieanne Newbould) the victim's widow, who claims that not only are the stories of the homosexual liaison completely untrue, but that her husband loathed the man as the two had once done battle in a courtroom. Making things more convincing for Laser is his announcement that he suffers from an eye condition which renders him practically blind without his glasses and unable to stand bright light of any kind.

    Jane finds herself taken in by Laser and his charming manner and is even more inclined to believe his story when she finds out that he has been receiving hate mail and death threats. When his elderly female neighbour is murdered, Laser is convinced that he is being deliberately targetted and he fearsfor his own life as well as the lives of those close to him. When more deaths occur, this seems to back up his story.

    Researching Laser's background, Jane finds that all the pieces do not fit together and because of her knowledge, she finds herself next on the list of possible victims of the killer, whomever he or she may be.

    A fantastic episode with great performances all round. Quite the thriller and a great script to boot. Watch it and be entertained.