Benton Fraser: His Father's Journal - On the police drama
DUE SOUTH/CBS/SYN/1994-98 RCMP Constable Benton Fraser (Paul
Gross) often read his father's journals to seek advice, and to
better understand his dad, Sgt. Robert Fraser (Gordon Pinsent),
who was rarely home when he was a child.
Fraser, Sr. (a 35 year veteran on the force) was
57 years old when he was murdered in April 1994 by his friend
Girrard who betrayed him and had him killed. After his demise,
Fraser, Sr. came back as a ghost not to haunt but to counsel his
son (sometimes with some weird ideas).
The series' pilot movie Due South
followed Constable Benton Fraser as he tracks his father's
murderer to Chicago, and meets Detective Ray Vecchio (David
Marciano), his future friend and unofficial partner.
Once while talking to his partner, Benton
||You know, Ray, when I was a
young man, my father told me one thing to always remember
about thieves. Well, actually he told me two things, but
I've forgotten the other one. Anyway, the important one is
that despite the adage, you will rarely find honor among
||Can't remember the other one?
||It was something about tying
a wallet to your underwear...I was very young at the time.
A sample excerpt from Robert Benton's journal
follows - it talks about his friendship with Mountie Sgt. Buck
Frobisher (Leslie Nielsen)
"February 13---Ten years ago I would never have
walked into something like this. A bear trap so poorly
camouflaged a child would have seen it but I didn't. I pried it
open and got my leg out but there was no way I could make it
back. I was prepared to die out here. And to be honest, I felt I
deserved it. A man gets too old for a job he should know it, and
stop. But then Buck found me. I don't know how. No one knew
where I was going but he found me and carried me back. Three
days over terrain a mule couldn't navigate. Laughing his ass off
the entire way. Riding like that, completely helpless, slung
over Buck's shoulder and staring down his back I came to
understand two things. One, at a certain point in life a man's
hips spread; and two, there's a very easy way to define
friendship. A friend is someone who won't stop until he finds
you and brings you home."
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