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“THE NAPOLEON OF CRIME”

Adam Worth, sometimes given the same epithet as the fictional villian who challenged Sherlock Holmes, “The Napoleon of Crime”, was a German-born criminal mastermind. Worth was born in Germany in 1844, the first child of a poor Jewish family; his … Continue reading

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The most difficult type of murder to solve in Victorian times

Without access to modern forensic science, Victorian crime fighters were often stuck when it came to murder by poison. A good example of this kind of crime were the proven murders committed by Stanislaws Kosloski, a.k.a John Chapman, one of … Continue reading

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Could the real Sherlock Holmes have stopped Jack the Ripper?

Many people do not realize that Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person: Dr. Joseph Bell, one of the world’s first forensic pathologists. In more than one case Bell’s careful forensic method led to hanging a murderer who would … Continue reading

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Has Sherlock Holmes become an action hero instead of a deep thinker?

I have just watched two of the trailers for “A game of shadows,” the soon-to-be-released film, written by Anthony Horowitz, writer/producer for various BBC mystery shows. After watching the frenetic activities of Holmes and Watson, I ask myself, Has Holmes … Continue reading

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