Gary McPherson
Full name Gary McPherson
Gender Male
Status Deceased
Birth 1977
Death 2016
Cause of death Pumiliotoxins from lovely poison frogs
Nationality American
Family Suzanne McPherson (wife)
Profession Research scientist
Affiliation(s) Biospherica Pharmaceuticals
Appearance(s) A Lovely Way to Die

Gary McPherson was the victim in A Lovely Way to Die (Case #1 of Geheimnisburg).


Gary was a research scientist at Biospherica Pharmaceuticals' laboratory. He was 39 years old and had brown hair and blue eyes. He wore a blue lab coat with a biohazard symbol and a light blue shirt.

He was married to Suzanne McPherson.

Murder Details

Gary was found in the woods of Edgewood. Brooke Willoughby's dog headed into the woods during a walk, and led Brooke to the body. Lovely poison dart frogs were found in his pants. Lee Chang, the coroner of the Geheimnisburg Police Department, determined that Gary died from the pumiliotoxins in the frogs' skin.

Killer and Motives

The killer turned out to be Julie Hoffmann, an intern at the laboratory. She and Gary had been having an affair, and Gary had claimed that he loved her, but he still had not left his wife. On the day of the murder, Brooke Willoughby stopped by the lab to return one of Gary's shirts, and Julie overheard Gary tell Brooke that he loved her and ask for another chance. Julie was hurt, so she slashed his tire and took the frogs from the lab. When he saw the slashed tire, she offered him a ride home. She put sleeping pills in a water bottle and gave it to him. She drove him to the woods, and after he lost consciousness, she put the frogs in his pants.

Judge Dufresne sentenced Julie to 25 years in prison for first degree murder and animal abuse.

Case Appearances

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