When Holmes and Watson arrive they find that the body of Drebber sprawled out on ground with no blunt trauma to Drebber. On the wall written in blood is the word RACHE. Gregson assumes the murderer was going to write out Rachael. Holmes isn’t so sure. I enjoy the subtle competitiveness between Lestrade and Gregson. It is fun to watch. It’s by no means overboard but adds a little dimension to the story. The two only get more agitated as the story goes on and Holmes run circles around them.
Holmes believes otherwise. A gold ring was found at the murder scene which is significant and Holmes knows that the murderer will want it back. Holmes puts an ad in a couple of newspapers saying that a ring has been found and can be retrieved at 221B Baker Street from Dr. Watson. An old lady comes to collect it. It is in fact one of the worse old lady disguises ever seen on BBC television but in some ways that is the charm. Holmes starts pursuing the old lady as she takes a cab. When the cab stops the old woman has disappeared. Holmes deduces that it is an actor who was playing the old woman because the acting was so believable.
Holmes is also getting important news as he received a telegram that gives us the identity of the murderer. Holmes and Watson receive a visit from a beaten down Gregson and Lestrade as their case has fallen apart. Obviously Arthur was not the murderer. They once again need Holmes’ help. Once he finds out that the two officers have found pills in Stangerson’s room, Holmes immediately takes them and begins a series of tests.
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