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|"I came to London to sight-see. I will be heading to see Crystal Tower after this."|
Dmitri Demiglaski was an infamous Russian revolutionary whose identity was misattributed to a few individuals by Sherlock Holmes during the investigation into the apparent murder of Kazuma Asōgi. He appeared in person as a juror during the trial of Gina Lestrade.
|I am expert on firearms. I have seen many incidents in life. I know all there is.|
According to news reports, Demiglaski was a fearsome revolutionary in Russia who was said to have assassinated sixteen people and taken part in a destructive war in Afghanistan.
At some point in his past, Demiglaski was running through a steep, narrow mountain trail at night. The trail itself was buried under layers of snow while a blizzard reduced temperatures to below zero degrees. Suddenly, he was attacked by a sniper on a dog sled. Although the bullet fired by the sniper missed him, it hit a nearby block of ice that shattered, causing an ice shard to fly into his back that wounded him badly and caused him to collapse into the snow. Although initially puzzled as to where the bullet had gone, as the ice that caused the deep wound had melted, Demiglaski was eventually able to figure out what had happened.
Another incident in his life had him encounter a hungry young man. However, when Demiglaski tried to offer him piroshkis, the man ran away crying.
- Main article: The Adventure of the Unbreakable Speckled Band
Aboard the S.S. Alaclaire bound for England, Sherlock Holmes erroneously deduced that Ryūnosuke Naruhodō was Demiglaski, since Kazuma Asōgi had apparently written something in Russian before being killed and the ship had briefly stopped in Shanghai. Naruhodō protested that he looked nothing like the revolutionary, but Holmes retorted that he might have "revolutionized" (disguised) his appearance, but eventually gave up on his deduction.
Later, Holmes accused a man called Grimesby Roylott of being Demiglaski, and that he had kidnapped a ballerina called Nikomina Borschevic. Although Naruhodō once again protested the detective's line of reasoning, Susato Mikotoba pointed out that he at least looked more like the revolutionary than Naruhodō. Naruhodō subsequently pointed out the errors in Holmes's deduction, thereby allowing them to work out that Roylott was actually Borschevic herself, who was running away from her ballet company.
- Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story
|(Who?! Who's responsible for choosing this man as a juror...?)|
Dmitri Demiglaski appeared in person as the sixth juror in the trial of Gina Lestrade for the murder of Hatch Windibank and non-fatal shooting of Sherlock Holmes. He claimed that he was just a tourist who had come to London to sight-see, and was planning on visiting the Crystal Tower after the trial. Although initially sympathetic to the suspicious-looking Tinpillar brothers, who were witnesses in the case, he turned against them once he realized that they were lying. The fourth juror, who was the doctor who had performed surgery on Holmes after he was shot, wanted the opinion of a firearms expert during the trial, which Demiglaski claimed to be. When the Russian referenced his incident from the mountains in which he was wounded by an ice shard, Ryūnosuke Naruhodō realized that Holmes was wounded in a very similar way.
The Crystal Tower would later prove to be an important part of one of Naruhodō's later cases, but, contrary to January 1900 newspaper article, it appeared to have not suffered any sort of bombing attempt by Demiglaski.
|It is not good to judge based on what you see. Those brothers did no wrong.|
According to newspaper articles of the time, Demiglaski was said to be a terrible, heartless revolutionary. However, during his stint as a juror he came across as a calm, quiet man who sympathized with people judged solely on their appearance, but despised liars. Although he seemed to be quite the expert in firearms, he was relatively unskilled with the English language, as he would often have to consult a Russian-English dictionary during his appearance as a juror.
- "Dmitri" is a stereotypical Russian given name.
- His surname, "Demiglaski", comes from demi-glace, a type of sauce.