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Crown Hershey Dillard
Crown Dillard
Actor Eric Peterson
Seen Hangman
Status Deceased

Hershey Dillard was a former crown prosecutor in Murdoch Mysteries and appeared in an episode, Hangman. While he originally started out as an honest prosecutor, Dillard grew frustrated at the amount of guilty people walking free, so he started to manufacture evidence in order to punish the guilty. Part of his strategy involved a prostitute named Myrtle Smith, who took on pseudonyms such as Agatha Meldrum, to provide false testimony, in exchange for his office turning a blind eye to her activities.

Unfortunately, Michael Worketin (one of the people he did this to) turned out to be innocent and was executed. After the real murderer Freddie Duckworth confessed to the executioner Theodore Pleasant in a sadistic attempt to taunt him, Pleasant confronted Judge Enoch Mead with Duckworth's confession. Mead investigated and discovered that Dillard had bribed Myrtle Smith into making up the damning testimony that had swung the jury. Mead got angry and confronted Dillard, who murdered Mead and framed a man named Cecil Fox. Dillard almost got away with it, but the man in charge of executing Fox had been the same man to execute Worketin and Duckworth. Theodore Pleasant helped Fox escape the noose, and while on the run Julia Ogden proved Fox innocent. While publicly feigning contrition Dillard tried to frame Pleasant for the murder but was caught. He ranted about how Mead had been weak and was ironically executed, ranting to the end how he would be forgiven for doing the lord's work. However, Pleasant's replacement, Gideon Catchpole, botched it and decapitated him.

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