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Sherlock Holmes Attacks Police Methods in Real Life

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Sherlock Holmes Attacks Police Methods in Real Life is the cover photo of The Sketch on 16 january 1907.


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The Sketch (16 january 1907, p. 1)


"Sherlock Holmes" attacks police methods in real life: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who has investigated the Edalji affair.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous novelist is making special efforts to prove the innocence of Mr. George Edalji, the young Parsee lawyer sentenced in 1903 on a charge of having killed and mutilated animals of Great Wyrley, Staffordshire, and has made a vigorous attack on the methods of the police engaged in the affair. Sir Arthur makes a strong point of the fact that Mr. Edalji is so short-sighted that it would be more than difficult for him to accomplish by night such crimes as those with which he was accused, much less escape the many detectives who were watching for the perpetator of the outrages.

Photograph by Fradelle and Young.




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