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James Gillies
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Actor Michael Seater
Seen "Big Murderer on Campus"
"Murdoch in Toyland"
"Crime and Punishment"
"A Midnight Train to Kingston"
Mentioned "Murdoch Ahoy"
"Unfinished Business"
"The Murdoch Sting"
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Job Criminal, student

James Gillies was a criminal mastermind. He was possibly William Murdoch's nemesis.

Key Events Edit

When he first appears in Big Murderer on Campus James Gillies appears to be a gifted teacher's assistant and student, along with his friend, fellow TA and student, Robert Perry. They shadow William Murdoch as he investigates the murder of their physics professor. However, it comes to pass that the two students had killed their professor to test whether they could do it, using physics. Robert Perry breaks down and confesses after he is tricked into believing Gillies is out to kill him as well, and they are promptly arrested. James Gillies is judged to be a cold, calculating murderer, who hides behind a polite façade.

James appears in the last two episodes of Season 6 when Dr Darcy Garland is found shot through the head, and Julia is blamed for it. When Julia was convicted, Murdoch spotted Gillies clapping behind him. He chased after the criminal but he disappeared. Murdoch thinks Gillies is behind the major frame-up. At the end of the episode (The Murdoch Trap), Gillies is seen behind a jail cell and is most likely awaiting execution.

In A Midnight Train to Kingston, the plot line is centred around James Gillies going to Kingston on a train to be hanged for his crimes. Many happenings take place during the turbulent train ride, and eventually Gillies escapes from the train. Murdoch catches up with him and beats him up, and Gillies kisses Murdoch after, implying that he might be gay. Gillies then proceeds to jump off a bridge and then Murdoch follows him in hopes of catching him once and for all. Murdoch is later found unconscious by Julia and Thomas, and Gillies could not be found, and it is uncertain if he drowned or escaped death once again.

In Unfinished Business, Julia finds a letter from Gillies telling her to reject Murdoch's proposal, or she will die. He also tells her that if she tells Murdoch of the letter, they will both die. Included in this is a picture of Murdoch and Julia kissing in an alley, taken from above. This plotline is continued in The Murdoch Sting, where Julia goes to investigate who was staying in the room in which the picture was taken. There she finds another note, telling her to stop investigating or she will die. At the end of the episode, William proposes to her (yet again) and she declines and runs into her house crying.

In Kung Fu Crabtree, Murdoch, Ogden and Brackenreid investigate the possibility of Gillies being alive. Brackenreid receives a telegram from the constabulary informing him that a body was found down the river from where James Gillies threw himself off of. After Murdoch compared the bullet taken from the body from when Crabtree shot Gillies to the bullets from the guns used by the constabulary at station house four, Dr. Grace and Dr. Ogden did a partial facial reconstruction the body, revealing it to be Gillies, who is declared dead by the trio. Murdoch then learns that Leslie Garland was the one who wrote those notes to Julia.


Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Sarah Allen as Enid JonesPaul Amos as Dr. RobertsDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan DoyleMaria Del Mar as Sarah PensallJeff Douglas as Reginald PoundsettLisa Faulkner as Anna FulfordSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyDakota Goyo as Alwyn JonesKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidSteven McCarthy as Dr. Isaac TashStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsAllan Royal as Chief Constable StocktonMichael Seater as James GilliesPeter Stebbings as James PendrickJonathan Watton as Darcy GarlandSarah Willson as Tess Moffatt

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