I absolutely love crime stories, mostly for the way a detective is able to solve a case through logical reasoning. I first fell in love with Sherlock’s character in the BBC series (let’s not even get into the Hollywood interpretation). With the end of the third season, I decided to go to the origin of this fascination fictional character and started reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works.
Coincidentally, this post appeared in my feed and it even includes a link to an video recorded interview with Doyle. One of the things that intrigued me though is how a man who decided to write detective stories because he was tired of reading crime mysteries without reasoning is himself drawn to the unexplained, mysterious world of spiritualism.
In honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday (he was born on 22 May 1859 – fans of The Smiths may be interested to learn that this was exactly 100 years to the day before Morrissey’s birth), we’re here with five of our favourite fascinating facts about the man who gave us Sherlock Holmes.
1. Conan Doyle took to a bit of sleuthing of his own in an attempt to solve the Jack the Ripper case. In 1894, six years after the notorious Whitechapel murders by the unidentified criminal identified as ‘Jack the Ripper’, Doyle was asked by an American journalist how Sherlock Holmes would have gone about tracking down the Ripper. Doyle replied that Holmes would have started by examining the letter the Ripper had supposedly sent to the police. Whilst acknowledging that the letter could have been a hoax, Doyle nevertheless worked on the basis that it…
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