Originally trained as a sailor in the US Navy, Murray became a detective during the Civil War and was instrumental in thwarting an attempt by Canadian-based Confederates to seize a US warship on Lake Erie. After working as a detective for the Canadian Southern Railway he was invited by Attorney General Sir Oliver Mowat to become provincial detective of Ontario. He accepted the post in 1875 and held it for 31 years. In that period he solved hundreds of crimes, including the famous J.R. BIRCHALL murder case. His Memoirs of a Great Detective, originally published in 1904, is a colourful collection of his most notable cases.
Author EDWARD BUTTS