The Boston Boy Fiend
Kreizler and Moore are led down into a very dark, dismal prison where they are warned to stay away from the cells and not speak to the prisoners. As they are led past an array of cells there is a continuous sound of metal scraping metal. I’m not sure what the sound is from, but it’s getting louder and adds to the creepy atmosphere. My first thought is that this noise would drive me crazy if I had to listen to it all the time. We finally discover what the sound is when they arrive at Pomeroy’s cell.
Kreizler and Moore are let into Pomeroy’s cell. He is attached, by the neck and waist, to a circular metal pipe on the ceiling. He can walk in a circle around his cell and as he does it creates the metal on metal sound. It reminds me of dog chained up. When we finally see Pomeroy’s face it is scarred and he has a creepy white eye. We find out that Kreizler had interrogated Pomeroy decades years earlier when he was first brought to prison. As someone who was born and bred in Massachusetts I have to say Pomeroy’s accent is spot on. If the actor is not from New England I’m very impressed at his ability to sound legit.
What Makes Someone Kill?
Kreizler tells Pomeroy he never thought he was insane for killing the children, or for what he did to them afterwards. When he says it was quite understandable Pomeroy reacts with shock. Pomeroy tells Moore that Kreizler thinks he killed kids with two good eyes because he has a bad one. Then he turns it on Kreizler asking him why he’s not out chopping off people’s arms.
Pomeroy tells Kreizler that the kids looked at him like an animal. He then talks about how his mother never kissed him on the face, and begins to cry. Kreizler goes over to Pomeroy to comfort him. I don’t think this is a good idea, I have a feeling he is faking this. As he grabs Kreizler’s hand I become very nervous. Suddenly Pomeroy’s crying turns to laughter, I was right, and now Kreizler is dangerously close to the inmate.
Pomeroy suddenly lunges at Kreizler, who manages to back just out of his reach. He has a shank and is waving it very close to the doctor’s face as Moore yells out for help. A guard comes in and beats Pomeroy back as Kreizler and Moore escape the cell. As he’s beaten he keeps yelling “you’ll never know!” The two men scurry out of the prison lucky to escape unhurt.
Back on the train Moore is woken by a nightmare about his brother’s drowning. When Moore asks Kreizler if he got what he hoped for, he says he got the truth. Kreizler tells him he has learned he doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does. I’m shocked to see him actually admit this to someone. Moore does not respond, I’m sure he’s as surprised by the admission as I am.
The Mayor Come Calling
A beautiful black horse is being ridden hard through Central Park. When the rider approaches Mayor Strong’s (Peter McRobbie) carriage we see it is Commissioner Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty). Watching Teddy Roosevelt on horseback makes me think about The Rough Riders which Roosevelt will form two years later. The Mayor tells Roosevelt the only place he has been getting his news is from the papers. He tells the Commissioner “The 400” are too important to have one of their own arrested for murder. I’ll confess I had to look it up to discover “The 400” were the people considered to be “Fashionable Society” during New York’s gilded age.
Roosevelt genuinely has no idea what the Mayor is hinting at. Obviously Captain Connor (David Wilmot) has not shared his suspicion of Willem Van Bergen with him.The family wants the matter handled privately, but Roosevelt tells Strong if the matter is the murder of children it will be handled in accordance with the law. I love that Roosevelt isn’t intimidated by anyone. Mayor Strong tells him to let the family deal with it and asks Roosevelt “are we clear?” When Roosevelt responds “we’re clear,” I feel crushed. I can’t accept that he will cave to this.
Searching for Answers
The Isaacsons show up at Roosevelt’s office and ask Sara if he’s available. She tells them he is with Captain Connor. While the brothers wait Sara asks them how a sex act occurs between a man and a boy. I find myself surprised that she doesn’t know this, but love she is not afraid to ask. Marcus is very uncomfortable, but he answers her question. When he then explains the killer could be using self gratification, Sara says she could understand a woman self gratifying, but not a mature man. I’m not sure why she feels its OK for a woman but not a man.
Roosevelt is demanding that Connor tell him the name of the suspect who is a “person-of-means”. He lies and says there is no suspect. The nervousness on Connor’s face should give away he is lying. I’m happy to see that Roosevelt hasn’t caved after all. As Connor storms out the Isaacsons go to see the Commissioner and he calls Sara in too.
Roosevelt presents the brothers with new guns and sends them to the target range to practice. After they leave he tells Sara about the police possibly having a suspect. He asks her to comb through the files looking for someone of means who could be a suspect. He warns Sara to please be careful. From what I’ve seen of her abilities I don’t think she will have a problem finding what Roosevelt needs.