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John Garrideb is a poor English landlord who owns the room where Soseki Natsume lived. He was previously a soldier of the British Empire — specifically, second lieutenant of the third regiment of the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers — but was discharged after he was shot in the knee during the Battle of Maiwand. A few years after that, he appeared as a juror in the trial of Gina Lestrade.

History[]

In photograph with Duncan Ross

John Garrideb was a second lieutenant of the third regiment of the 4th Northumberland Fusiliers. Unfortunately, their wages were relatively low, so when he retired after being shot in the knee in the Battle of Maiwand, Garrideb was forced to live on the poor Briar Road as landlord of a boarding house. His wife, Joan, decided to pose as his maid to make him seem like he was rich. One of Garrideb's tenants, Selden, who lived in the flat on the second floor, was arrested for a series of crimes. After that, an art student named Duncan Ross took the flat to live in. At some point, Garrideb asked a street photographer who was passing by to take a photograph of them. A man named William Shamspeare came and demanded to live in that flat, but since it was already occupied Garrideb offered the room on the first floor. One day, Ross suddenly died of asphyxiation due to an apparent gas leak, leading the public to believe that Selden put some sort of curse onto that flat. Garrideb first noticed something was wrong when he noticed it on the the gas flames, prompting him to regularly watch his hearth dim and light up to know when his tenants were using the gas lamps. He also continued to refuse Shamspeare's request due to him not paying the rent in three months. By the time the investigation regarding his death was done, an exchange student from Japan named Soseki Natsume came to live in the flat. He had nowhere else to go and wanted to save his money on books. Garrideb warned him about the curse but he signed the contract anyway.

An argument gone wrong[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro

One day, John Garrideb went to a bookstore a bought a book entitled, "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane". He had an argument with his wife, Joan, who accused him of cheating on her after she saw a love letter being used as a bookmark from the previous owner of that book. During the argument, Joan knocked down a candle, causing the carpet and bookcase to catch fire. Undeterred by the excess smoke filling the room, Joan proceeded to throw books at John, as well as anything else she could find. She eventually threw a knife at John; it missed him, but a chipped piece of the blade went into his pipe while the knife itself flew out the window and struck a young woman named Olive Green. Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Herlock Sholmes both managed to expose the truth behind the argument the following day.

John decided to testify in Natsume's trial after his wife was also called to the stand. After Naruhodo successfully exposed Joan's unwitting role in the crime in question, she and John reconciled over their previous argument. After Joan was arrested, John took her place as the fourth juror and gave Natsume his not guilty verdict with the rest of the jury.

Another incident[]

Main article: The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro

The very next day, John Garrideb's other tenant, William Shamspeare, was almost killed in his flat, and Soseki Natsume was again accused for attempted murder. Garrideb served a minor role during the ensuing investigation, relaying to Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba information on Shamspeare and that he broke down his door with Natsume. The next day, he told the two about Duncan Ross, his love letter to his fiance, Olive Green, and how Shamspeare desperately wanted his flat.

Eventually, Naruhodo figured out the surprising truth. Not only was Green the culprit of Shamspeare's attempted murder, but also that Ross' death was really caused by Shamspeare blowing into the gas pipe to try and scare him out. Selden actually hid a treasure worth one thousand pounds in the flat and promised Shamspeare the key because he took care of him in jail before he died.

A surprising face in the jury[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Unspeakable Story

As Juror No. 1.

Mr. Garrideb also appeared as Juror No. 1 when Gina Lestrade went on trial for the murder of Pop Windibank. Ryunosuke Naruhodo noted him as a familiar face with the rest of the jurors. During the trial's first summation examination, Garrideb hinted at his debt to Naruhodo for solving the mysteries behind the "cursed logdings" rumors, but nonetheless asserted that he still intended to carry out his duty as jury foreman. He also denounced the Skulkin brothers as insensible citizens during the second summation examination.

John continued to visit Joan in her prison cell, despite the two running out of conversation topics. He had been using the stairs so much, his legs started to regain their strength. At one point, he also tried out being a maid for himself, but was baffled when no one realized it was him.

Personality[]

Mugshot.

Although it may not seem like it at first, John Garrideb is actually a very nice man. He cares deeply for his wife, Joan, as well as his lodgers. He uses the flames of his fireplace to see if they are here or not. Garrideb isn't very easy to anger as he remains calm and collected when mentioning that Naruhodo may have ruined his boarding house business.

He also has a tendency to reveal things he’s not supposed to. Though Joan prevents him from saying such things by overfilling his cup with hot tea, which often makes him yell at her and lose his temper for a bit; nonetheless, he still goes back to his usual self afterwards.

John was once a solider, and he often spoke about stories he experienced in war. Though he was discharged, he still keeps display of medals he earned in his flat.

Name[]

  • His name comes from the Holmes' story "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs."
  • Alternatively, "gari" means "flesh and bones", while "debu" means "fat," alluding to his and Joan's builds.
  • His name is also an anagram of "brigader", or member of a brigade, referencing his military background.

Development[]

  • John Garrideb's head and hair and similarly shaped like a crescent moon, much like how his wife, Joan's face is shaped similar to the sun. He even wore a wedding ring with a moon emblem on it like Joan's sun ring. In his original design, John looked even more like the moon.
  • Notably, John Garrideb, Tchikin Strogenov, and the recurring British imperial judge are the only characters to neither be a juror or a victim in The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve and not appear during the credits, despite physically appearing in game. This is either an oversight or it's because they are the only characters in the game to never appear in court at one point, and so having a very minor role.
    • John is missing in the promotional artwork for The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve as well, this time for unknown reasons as all the other characters from the game appear in said artwork (except the unnamed jurors and the victims other than Gregson and Shamspeare).
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