Halifax FP

Season 4 Episode 3

A Murder of Crows

Aired Unknown Aug 15, 1999 on The Nine Network
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A Murder of Crows
While visiting her mother, Angela, Jane helps out at the local hospital after a fatal bus crash.
The following day, the driver responsible for three deaths is murdered and Jane finds herself assisting the police in the hunt for a killer.
Is it revenge or is there a more sinister motive?moreless

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  • While Jane is visiting her mother in the country, a bus crashes, killing several people on board, mostly teenagers. Jane is called in to help at the small local hospital and finds herself dealing with an unusual religion as well.moreless

    The episode opens with young Kevin Witherspoon (Cameron Nugent) being questioned by police about a fatal country bus crash. Kevin, it seems, is guilty of some very serious crimes but there is obviously a lot more to the story than meets the eye.

    Flashing back, we see a bus turned on its side and several screaming teens on the side of the road yelling for help. There are people still trapped inside the bus and Kevin Witherspoon is risking his own life to get as many out as possible even though he is clearly injured himself. Things become urgent when the leaking fuel catches fire and Kevin can no longer save anyone else from the wreck.

    Meanwhile, a police vehicle is screaming along the country road in the dark, the officer, Gary Preston (Andrew Clarke) is holding onto a fish pendant which he is wearing around his neck and praying that there will be survivors when he reaches the scene of the crash. Gary's own daughter, Gemma, (Alicia Gardiner) was one of the passengers and he is greatly relieved and thankful to find her still alive and relatively unhurt.

    At the hospital, Jane Halifax, (Rebecca Gibney) who is in the area for a brief holiday, is surprised to find her normally staid mother, Angela (Robin Nevin) right in the thick of everything and obviously somehow romantically involved with the police officer who is her junior by quite a few years. It transpires that the bus driver and three teens have been killed whilst others are on the critical list. It appears that everyone is involved in the same unusual religious organisation, including Jane's mother. The most helpful and efficient of the survivors is the attractive Alicia Polk, (Petra Jared) Kevin Witherspoon's girlfriend, who befriends Jane and does all she can to assist during the aftermath of the crisis. Things become more complicated when investigations uncover the fact that Glenys Lund (Marta Dusseldorp) was driving the vehicle which forced the bus off the road and that her tox screen shows that her blood is full of tranquilizers even though she insists that she took nothing at all before commencing her journey.

    Detective Leo Birse, (Frankie J. Holden)up from the city to lead the investigation obviously thinks that all the locals are odd, particularly the strange religious doctrine with which it appears that most of them are involved. Leo is not sure what to make of any of it, but has a lot more to worry about when Glenys Lund is found near the river dead, her head bashed in with a rock. Nobody has any clue who might have killed her and, judging by the reaction at the group funeral for all those who died, nobody really cares as they blame her for the accident and the subsequent deaths.

    Things turn a sharp corner when Kevin Witherspoon suddenly attempts suicide and, upon being revived, confesses to giving Glenys the tranquilizers which made her run off the road. The question is why would such a fine young man who risked his life to save fellow crash victims do such a thing? Jane thinks she knows exactly why and because of this, puts her own life in great danger.

    This is one of the very best episodes of the entire series. Flawless performances by everyone involved and a brilliant twist make for some must-see t.v. The lead up to the ending will have you on the edge of your seat. Watch this one, if you don't, you'll be sorry you missed it.moreless

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