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Hatch Windibank was the owner of a pawn shop on Baker Street in London until his murder. Among his most regular customers was the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, who frequently used his shop to store items.
Hatch Windibank had a good relationship with Holmes, who installed a recording device to protect the shop from theft. But the pawnbroker was not convinced that the Great Detective’s device was of any use to him, as the camera film needed was expensive and pictures were only taken every thirty minutes. Holmes also used the shop to deposit items like an unpublished manuscript of one of Iris Watson’s novels, and his own violin. When the detective came back to retrieve his instrument, Windibank could not stop Holmes from taking a viola instead of his violin. Windibank was also visited by pickpocket Gina Lestrade, who would bring him items that he would often consider suspicious.
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In February 1900, Windibank’s pawn shop became part of a scheme of leaked government secrets. On the night of the 15th, the owner was given a black coat from Beppo to be deposited. Unbeknownst to Windibank, the coat hid a music disc that was embedded with a secret telegram containing four names involved in a conspiracy.
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In April, Hatch was visited again by Holmes, who was accompanied by Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and Susato Mikotoba. It was at this time that the pawnbroker finally told the Great Detective that what he took home was a viola instead of his violin. Later, as Naruhodō and Susato were looking around the store, Windibank was approached by Lestrade for the black coat that was deposited two months ago, but refused to buy the disc that was in the coat pocket as she considered it worthless. But suddenly, Windibank was approached by a mysterious man, "Egg Benedict", who also claimed that the coat was his and gave the password. Convinced that the pickpocket had stolen the pledge from the man, Windibank had Lestrade give the coat to Benedict, but came under pressure when the man demanded more from the pledge. Chaos then erupted in the pawn shop as Benedict and Lestrade fought for ownership of the disc, and it only ended when Windibank called Scotland Yard and Inspector Tobias Gregson arrived with several policemen. A joint reasoning done by Holmes and Naruhodō revealed that Windibank left his memorandum out on his desk, allowing Benedict to glance at it and learn of the password. After the disc was compensated because it belonged to Cosney Megundal, the pawn shop was closed down for inspection.
That night, Windibank was at his shop when he encountered Lestrade, who broke in to find Iris’ manuscripts. As she was armed with a gun, the pawnbroker reluctantly allowed her to look at the scripts that were located inside the vault. When they heard noises outside, Windibank took Lestrade’s gun and went back outside. He confronted Nemmy and Tully Tinpillar, and the three of them fought, with the pawnbroker easily defeating both brothers. Windibank then shot the gun at the third intruder, hitting the upper left arm. As he tried to return to the vault, he was fatally shot by the intruder in the heart by accident, killing him instantly. Lestrade then locked the vault and took back the gun from Windibank’s corpse to defend herself, but fell unconscious later. Because the vault was locked with the pawnbroker and pickpocket were the only ones in there, Lestrade was arrested for Windibank’s murder.
In Lestrade’s trial, it was revealed that Windibank’s real killer was the man who called himself “Egg Benedict”, his true name being Robert Crogley.
Hatch Windibank was a man who took his job seriously as a pawnbroker. This often included pointing a gun at his own head to protect important secrets or items in his shop, or when he felt like he had made a huge mistake or allowed an item to be stolen. He also had a habit of evaluating items with only what he saw, as he easily valued Susato’s kimono at five guineas but was not convinced by Lestrade that the music disc that she had was not worth anything. But Windibank was sometimes a little careless when it came to private matters, as he left his memorandum out in the open on his desk so anyone could see the passwords for pledges.