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Roger Newsome
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Actor Cyrus Lane
Seen The Death of Dr. Ogden
Murdoch Takes Manhattan
A Case of The Yips
Weekend at Murdoch's
Mentioned A Murdog Mystery
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Relationships Ruth Newsome (Sister)
Job Dilettante
Roger Newsome, of the Mimico Newsomes, is a puzzler of Westerly Club who plays hard squash, a charter member of the Toronto Auto Club and the Golf Club. More recently, he is an avid bird-watcher who claims to have spotted the first Inca tern in all of North America.

More than once, he has been a suspect in a Murdoch murder investigation. He annoys Constable Crabtree to the point of hatred: George feels bad even thinking it, but can't pretend it's not true.

Appearances and Mentions

Weekend at Murdoch's

  • Roger Newsome returns as a witness for the Crown in the case against Rex Grey. A hit man assassinates two witnesses set to testify against Grey. The third witness Roger Newsome is placed under protective custody until the trial, under the watch of Crabtree and Higgins at the Windsor House Hotel, being his usual insufferable self. While Crabtree is out getting their dinner and Higgins is asleep on the sofa, Newsome takes the opportunity to leave the hotel to get his haircut as insisted by his sister, only to be shot in the chest by the hit man, despite Murdoch tackling him down. As he lay dying, Newsome instructs Murdoch to tell Crabtree that he had a "bird's eye view"; Murdoch attributed his last words to delusions from blood loss. Without Newsome, Grey will walk free, so Murdoch concocts a plan to capture the hit man by spreading the word via George's friend Miss Louise Cherry that Newsome survived the hit, and with the consent of his sister, poses Roger's corpse riding a wheeled chair. The hit man takes the bait laid in Gazette article but, unfortunately, shots Newsome's corpse in the chest when Crabtree and Higgins are returning it to the City Morgue and escapes capture. Nonetheless, Murdoch has Newsome's corpse pose again at his presentation of on discovering the rare South America bird with Crabtree speaking for him. The hit man shoots Newsome in the head before being killed by Higgins who got his instruction to capture the assassin alive wrong. Even so, a rival of Newsome's who is obsessed with proving his fraudulence breaks into Newsome's house and discovers that Newsome's bird is stuffed, speculating he had it transported from South America and it died en route. When he shows the bird to Murdoch and Crabtree, they realize that Newsome witnessed something else with his "bird's eye view". Re-examining the place where Newsome faked his bird sighting, Murdoch climbs the tree and spots where Grey discarded his murder weapon, which lead to his prosecution and Crabtree testifying with Roger's bird in hand.

A Case of The Yips

  • Roger Newsome returns as a member of the golf club and is once again a suspect.

Murdoch Takes Manhattan

  • Roger Newsome of the Mimico Newsomes makes his second appearance as a member of the Toronto Auto Club.

The Death of Dr. Ogden

  • part of a group of competitive puzzle solvers and he may have been killed after solving a puzzle published by Edgar Allan Poe many years ago.

Trivia

  • Roger Newsome is a favorite re-occurring character of the MM Writers' Room.
  • When asked about killing off one of the Writers' Room's "darlings",  Jordan Christianson replied, "The consolation is that we created the character of Roger Newsome’s sister, Ruth, and perhaps she can carry on the torch of the Newsome family. I wouldn’t be surprised if, as we got to know Ruth more, there might be a cousin or something that has a striking resemblance to Roger."

Gallery

Murdoch Mysteries Recurring Actors and Characters
Daniel Maslany as Detective WattsLachlan Murdoch as Henry HigginsArwen Humphreys as Margaret BrackenreidCharles Vandervaart as John BrackenreidDylan Neal as Jasper LinneyPeter Stebbings as James PendrickPeter Keleghan as Terrence MeyersErin Agostino as Nina BloomBea Santos as Louise CherrySiobhan Murphy as Ruth NewsomeMouna Traoré as Rebecca JamesJordan Johnson-Hinds as Nate DesmondKristian Bruun as Constable JacksonRichard Clarkin as Chief Constable DavisMichael Seater as James GilliesCyrus Lane as Roger NewsomeRothaford Gray as Alderman William Peyton HubbardGeorgina Reilly as Emily GraceNigel Bennett as former Chief Constable GilesMatthew Bennett as Allen CleggJayden Greig as Bobby BrackenreidDmitry Chepovetsky as Nikola TeslaGeraint Wyn Davies as Arthur Conan DoyleSean Harraher as Constable WorseleyTamara Hope as Edna Brooks (née Garrison)Giacomo Gianniotti as Leslie GarlandNicole Underhay as Margaret HaileJonathan Watton as Darcy GarlandSarah Gadon as Ruby OgdenPaul Amos as Dr. RobertsKate Greenhouse as Sally PendrickStephen McHattie as Harry MurdochAllan Royal as Chief Constable StocktonPaul Rhys as Dr. FrancisMaria Del Mar as Sarah PensellLisa Faulkner as Anna FulfordSarah Allen as Enid JonesSarah Wilson as Tess MoffattSteven McCarthy as Isaac Tash

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