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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.

Benton Fraser & father, Robert Fraser

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 recalled:

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 thieves.
Ray: Can't remember the other one?
Benton: 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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