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An Unexpected Revival
- Main article: Professor Killings
Enoch Drebber was living and studying at London University to become a scientist, and was on the path to achieving that goal. However, he took part in a small group who grave-robbed Lowgate Cemetery to dig up freshly-buried prisoners who were executed from the nearby Barclay Prison and sold them in order to make a living. To record information about the graves he robbed, he always brought a camera with him. One night, he accidentally dug up the Professor, a dangerous serial killer, but when he opened the coffin he found that the man was well and moving, almost as if he had come back to life. When the figure was shot dead by someone behind Drebber, he got covered in blood and fled in terror. His hair was said to have turned white due to that horrifying experience. Unbeknownst to Drebber, the man was actually framed and buried alive. Two men were going to secretly send him home to Japan, but since Drebber dug him out first, one of them shot the man to protect the secret of the Professor’s identity.
Drebber told many outlets about the event, but they didn't believe him since the man was now dead. However, a Daily Circus newspaper journalist, Odie Asman, published an article with his name in it. This resulted in him being exposed as a grave robber, forcing him to leave school and give up his promising career as a scientist. The articles went on to become very popular among the people of London. Drebber was later approached by Esmeralda Tusspells, who read the Daily Circus article and got a mold of the deceased Professor, to take a wax mold of his face for her "Hall of Terror" display of the rising Professor in her wax museum. He also sold her his camera because he had no intention of returning to Lowgate Cemetery. The camera was used for the exhibit as well. Embittered, Drebber became a con man who would build fake inventions for grant money, using his extensive knowledge of stage magic to sell his machines' efficacy long enough to be given money to "develop" them.
- Main article: The Return of the Great Departed Soul
One day, Asman showed up to Enoch Drebber's new factory. He didn’t actually remember Drebber as a subject of his article and instead came to him as a creator and "swindler". Asman had just approached a young scientist by the name of Albert Harebrayne about his theory on teleportation and wanted Drebber to build a machine for him with the goal of getting money from the government. Unknown to Asman, Drebber noticed an article in the newspaper he was holding about the creation of a new forensic investigation unit with coroner Courtney Sithe at the head, as Asman was blackmailing Sithe as well. Drebber decided to recruit Sithe and kill Asman for ruining his chances of becoming a scientist, as well as sabotage the career of Harebrayne, who he looked upon as a pseudo-scientist who demeaned his profession.
Enoch Drebber built a teleportation machine for Harebrayne that was designed like a magic trick. There was a trick floor that connected to a shaft in the platform through which the experimentee would fall. Then, from a green balloon hanging above the test site, a second cage would fall to the Crystal Tower, setting up the illusion that a teleportation actually happened. If Odie Asman turned up dead during that, Harebrayne would be framed. In the first cage near the scientist would be the real Asman; in the second would be the wax figure of the Professor, which Drebber stole from Tusspells's museum a few days before the Great Exhibition. He left a ransom note telling the proprietor to have two hundred pounds ready by October 23rd if she wanted the figure back. Drebber chose this particular wax model to coerce Sithe into going along with his plan. When Drebber brought Harebrayne to his factory, he made him wear a blindfold in the carriage.
Sithe found the wax model in the cage that fell through the Crystal Tower, along with a letter from someone who "knows the truth about 10 years ago", then to set up the crime scene as detailed by said letter. Sithe did so but, unbeknownst to Drebber, she went the underside of the machine and into the shaft instead. Drebber intended for the fall to kill Asman, but he survived. However, just as he was getting out of the cage, Courtney Sithe stabbed him with Harebrayne's screwdriver, getting her own revenge.
Drebber used a crossbow to shoot a silent flaming arrow and cause an explosion on the green balloon to make the Professor's wax model fall as originally planned. Harebrayne was successfully arrested for the murder of Odie Asman. When Harebrayne finally mentioned Drebber on the first day of the trial, Harebrayne's defense team, Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba, went looking for him. They finally found his factory after Gina Lestrade's dog, Toby, sniffed an oil stain on the business card from Harebrayne.
Enoch Drebber was in his factory throwing shoes at a balloon to get the Professor's wax head out. When that failed, he decided to blow it up along with the whole factory using a time bomb, and hid in his safe to protect himself. But he forgot the combination, so he turned over all the furniture to find out where he hid it, and succeeded. After Sherlock Holmes did his Joint Reasoning and finds Drebber, he disarmed the time bomb. However, Drebber was revealed to have set another time bomb in the machine that he built for Harebrayne. The explosion was enormous, with the machine and two police officers guarding it vanishing.
When he is called to the witness stand, he says he really isn't sure about his occupation. First, Drebber says that there was only one cage so it was science, but Naruhodo shows cracks on the cage that were in the wrong place. Then the defense figures out that the real Asman fell underneath the stage causing Barok van Zieks to reveal a contract between Drebber and Asman. It stated that the engineer is entitled to thirty percent of any research assistance funds provided by the government, one condition is that they both had to be alive. Suddenly, Naruhodo accused Courtney Sithe of being his accomplice by having the scientific investigation unit then accused Drebber of stealing the Professor wax figure from Tusspells. This resulted in a closing argument, but eventually proved that Sithe was willing to go along with the plan because she pronounced the Professor while he was really alive.
After Esmeralda Tusspells took the stand, she produced a newspaper article that Odie Asman wrote regarding Enoch Drebber. Naruhodo realized that the contract regarding money was a red herring, Drebber's true motive was revenge. He kept a Royal Science Award trophy so didn't give up becoming a scientist himself. But even with that and Sithe confessing to being an accomplice, Drebber still refused to admit to anything. But Naruhodo presents the photo of Asman's corpse, Drebber is very surprised to find that Sithe was the actual killer of Asman. Drebber had no choice but to confess, but he says he was proud of the magic trick he pulled off. Drebber would be put to trial on a later date.
Enoch Drebber looks and acts a cyborg due to his odd, clockwork motions when moving. Perhaps to convey a robotic speaking pattern, random, unimportant words and phrases in his dialogue are colored orange. He is an extremely skilled engineer of both plan mechanics and stage magic, having a talent for slight-of-hand to make his estraz creations look like inventions instead of cleverly designed props. He is ruthless and amoral, thinking nothing of killing police officers in the process of disposing of the mechanisms behind his schemes. Ironically, he cannot stand pseudo-scientists and cranks, who he views as obstacles to technological and scientific advancement - because of this, he deliberately set his scheme to make Harebrayne seem like a reckless fool, as Harebrayne's belief in his own theory despite mounting evidence against it was something he viewed as a fundamental dishonesty.
- Enoch Drebber is the third character to have his hair turn white not due to aging. The other two were Godot and Jeffrey Master.
- Enoch Drebber is named after a man in A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle's very first book with Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. In the story, Drebber was one of the victims rather than one of the killers.