Dresden Files

Collin Murphy, or "Jack" Murphy, was a human male, and a member of the Chicago Police Department. He is Karrin Murphy's father. He first appears in Blood Rites.


Collin Murphy married Marion, and they had several children: their oldest, Karrin, at least two sons, and their youngest, Lisa. He worked as a Black Cat in the Thirteenth Precinct in what later became Special Investigations

He died when Karrin was 11, ostensibly by suicide.[1] The work got to him, he grew distant and started to drink a lot. Karrin never knew of his prior work, her mother never having told her.[2] "Jack" Murphy nicknamed his daughter "Karrie" and is grateful that Dresden looked after her.

He worked with Henry Rawlins when Karrin was a little girl and Rawlins is the only other person who could call her "Karrie".[3] He was responsible for saving Rawlins from an unspecified supernatural threat thirty years previously.[4]

His full title and name is Captain Collin J. Murphy, and in Ghost Story he is also known as "Jack". By this time, he works as the head cop in the Between, and drives Dresden around in an old Skylark.[5] Uriel said that Collin, like the others who work for him in his Between Office, is there because he's not ready for "what comes next". When ready, he'll take the next step.[6]

He had the look of a boxer, with scars around his eyes and nose, and forearms Dresden described as thick as telephone poles. He had blond hair, blue eyes, and a heavy jawline.[5]

In the series[]

Blood Rites[]

In Blood Rites, Harry Dresden stops at the Murphy family reunion at Wolf Lake Park to find Karrin Murphy. Karrin introduces Harry to her mother, who tells her about Collin. He was a Black Cat in the Chicago Police Department, and killed himself when Karrin was 11.[2]

Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, the ectomancer Mortimer Lindquist knows his ghost and finally agrees to help Dresden find information from the spirits on the necromancers, the Heirs of Kemmler because Lindquist knows him and for Karrin Murphy, his daughter.[7]

Dresden hears the story from Henry Rawlins about how thirty years earlier, when Rawlins was a young cop, he went down an alley after hearing a woman scream. He saw something that still gives him bad dreams. It was strangling the girl, Henry emptied his gun into it, but it picked him up and slammed him into a wall. That was when Collin Murphy showed up with rock salt loaded in his shotgun and killed it. The sun rises, burning it.[4]

"Wild Card"[]

In "Wild Card", Karrin Murphy remembers how she sneaked up on him at their home's basement and saw him working on an impressive collection of weapons; he explained her that sometimes regular measures were not enough and something stronger was needed to deal with it. She also remembers him bringing her to the Damen Silos and teaching her how cruel passing time could be: the Silos was very important a hundred years earlier, and now it was abandoned.[8]

Ghost Story[]

In Ghost Story, Harry Dresden is brought to his office in the Between by Ron Carmichael's ghost. "Jack" informed Dresden that there's an irregularity with his death, that the "opposition" wanted Dresden out of the way and broke the law—they cheated. Jack assigns Dresden the task of solving his own murder in order to save three people he cares about who are in danger if he doesn't. He's not told which three. It's risky because Dresden could be trapped there as a spirit for eternity if he never finds his killer. Dresden discovers that Jack is really Captain Collin J. Murphy, Karrin Murphy's dad, who used to run the Black Cat Department.[5]

Jack drops Dresden off at Mortimer's house. When Dresden asks, he said he has no messages for Karrin, he's done her enough damage. He also said that telling Lindquist that he sent Dresden might be a help. Dresden tells Sir Stuart Winchester that Jack Murphy sent him. Sir Stuart said: "A good fellow. For an Irishman".[9]

Uriel calls and chastises Collin for making Dresden believe three of Dresden's people would die if he did not return. Collin denies that he lied, instead saying he speculated. To Dresden's amusement, Collin hangs up on him.[6]