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I'll admit it, this is heavily based on Constable Benton Fraser's story in the television program "due SOUTH". Fraser's father died in the line of duty and so did Murphy's father. Murphy's father Gordon is named after the fine actor Gordon Pinsent, who played Fraser's Dad. In both cases, the killer was named Gerrard. I quote lyrics from several songs associated with "Due South". This doesn't even address my using characters from "The Red Green Show". In short, there are probably copyright problems galore with this story. No matter.
This story originated with several birthday salutes that I did in alt.fan.pratchett, and they were originally in the present tense. In most cases I changed the tense to the past, but the structure is still a bit awkward.