Who knows the truth about Lionel’s death in Outlander?

Outlander Season 5 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks, STARZ
Outlander Season 5 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks, STARZ /

Marsali told Fergus that she killed Lionel Brown in Outlander. How many people only know the story Jamie has told? Do others know Marsali did it?

Something you don’t do when you murder someone is let the world know. It’s clear that’s happened at the Ridge. Marsali and Jamie seemed to have kept the truth about Lionel’s death to themselves.

During Outlander Season 6, Episode 3, Marsali told Fergus the truth. She shared that she was the one who murdered Lionel Brown to keep the entire family safe. It was somewhat surprising that Fergus didn’t already know. Sure, you don’t let too many people know, but Fergus is Marsali’s husband and he’s proven to be trustworthy when Jamie has done illegal things.

The whole scene brings up another question. Who knows about Marsali killing Lionel?

Does Claire know the truth about Marsali’s actions in Outlander?

In the books, it’s not Marsali who kills Lionel Brown. Mrs. Bug does it, and she has no remorse for it at all. A few people find out the truth including Claire, Jamie, and Mr. Bug. In fact, Mr. Bug offers his own life in exchange for his wife’s believing that Jamie would dole out the ultimate punishment.

This is why I was surprised Marsali didn’t say anything to Fergus. It suggests his downward spiral started as soon as Claire was returned safe. He wasn’t in a state for Marsali to share the truth.

But what about Claire? Could she have examined the body and see the mark on Lionel’s neck? Wouldn’t she know that some water hemlock was missing from her stores?

It’s probable that Jamie handled it all. He may have just claimed Lionel died from his injuries and dealt with delivering the body back to Richard before Claire had a chance to do or say anything. It does make sense that Marsali and Jamie would keep this between themselves, showing the bond that the two of them have even though we don’t really see it on screen.

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Who do you think Marsali would have confided in? Would Jamie have let Claire know? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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