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Episode 3: The Return of the Great Departed Soul is the third episode of Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Kakugo.
|The grand, end-of-the-creativity Great Exhibition of London -- surely, there is not a soul who had not heard of it. Wondrous new worlds of culture and industry from every country of the globe had conversed on Hyde Park then. Welcoming over fifty million visitors, the last great hurrah of this century, astonished and delighted people of all nations, and ended on a note of resounding success. But, as regards to the terrible catastrophe that occurred during the festivities, very few are yet aware that my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, had a hand in unraveling the whole matter. For, from the shadows, it was he who earnestly unearthed the facts of the case. And like the so-called symbol of the Great Exhibition, which rose high into the skies of Hyde Park, Holmes' brilliant deductions -- as clear and lofty as the Crystal Tower itself -- brought the truth to light.|
The time had come for the London World Fair. German scientist, Benjamin Dobinbough, gave a speech about the transportation of the twentieth century. Then he said he created an invention that will break down a human being's molecules and reassemble them in a completely different location! Dobinbough's volunteer stepped into a large cage underneath the device, his destination will be the Crystal Tower. The excited scientist pulled various levers causing the invention to spark and sputter smoke. But suddenly, the smoke got larger and grey and the sparks went out of control like the device was going to explode. Was that supposed to happen?
Investigation, Day 1 Edit
"Another day, another incident" Edit
- 9:36 AM
Iris Watson asked Ryūnosuke Naruhodō about London World Fair in the newspaper. Sherlock Holmes was depressed but snapped out of it, he brought up Naruhodō's hairstyle which was happening ever since the two met. Holmes couldn't go to the World Fair due to a mystery he apparently had to solve, but he wouldn't talk about. A then confused Iris revealed that Holmes is usually happy about cases, but not this time. It has been six months since Naruhodō had been banned from the courtroom due to leaking a government secret and he's been reading the British jurisprudence and records of Holmes' cases ever since. Naruhodō thought about going to Hart Vortex to see if he can lift his ban.
Everyone in London was crowding in the World fair, there are exhibits from all over the world and hot air balloons. But Iris also mentioned an accident during a scientific demonstration the previous day involving a big explosion. Holmes showed the two a newspaper containing lots of articles on the fair showing off scientific technology. Holmes said there is a darkness behind the light, Naruhodō realized he meant the other side of the paper, it showed Barok van Zieks being attacked by a group of thugs! Holmes revealed that the villains of London would do acts like forgery, threats, and bribery to go free. Due to his reputation of being the Death God of the Old Bailey, the underlings of the deceased defendants try to get revenge on him. Van Zieks may have grown to defend himself, but this time the attackers had guns! The article said the results of the Death Bringer's fate is in tomorrow's paper but Naruhodō doesn't want to wait. So Holmes suggested they go see Hart Vortex about it, then he got dressed and left. Iris is in a bear outfit for the World Fair, but Naruhodō decided to take her to see Vortex first.
"The ban has been lifted" Edit
In the Chief Justice's office, Hart Vortex arrived and has heard about Naruhodō's request. He notes the security protecting the World Fair technology and that the new international forensic science symposium will begin next month. Investigator authorities from lots of different countries, including Japan, will gather in one spot, but England is the host country so Vortex was seen preparations. Naruhodō asked for permission to practice law again but also has more to ask. Naruhodō regretted his mistake six months ago, but Vortex reminded him he is just a substitute for Kazuma Asōgi who died. Asōgi was Naruhodō's best friend and he wanted to complete his mission to change the Japanese legal system, but Vortex tells him he knows nothing of his friend's true mission. Though, since Naruhodō was taking his research seriously, Vortex lifted his ban of practicing!
He mentioned a case that just happened, it's the same one Iris mentioned earlier. A German scientist named Benjamin Dobinbough was working on hyper electric instantaneous teleportation technology. An explosion occurred and an investor named Elyder Meningen was killed. Dobinbough was arrested right after the accident and his trial for murder charges is tomorrow. Vortex said van Zieks has a connection to this case as well. The international forensic science symposium will be the most important international meeting. Vortex says a really long speech regarding his view of the law, which caused Naruhodō to faint. Then he saw the newspaper Naruhodō has and revealed that Barok van Zieks is fine. A month ago, he prosecuted a crime syndicate leader and lost, Vortex said it was the result of the jury being bribed. The defendant was killed the other day and now members of the syndicate want revenge, that leader was Elyder Meningen! His investor occupation was just a cover-up to the public, Vortex suggested his death was because of the Reaper, that's what the syndicate thinks. Naruhodō said there was no evidence saying he's a reaper. Vortex allowed him to keep prosecuting because he is most outstanding prosecutor in London and he has nothing to do with the Death Bringer's victims, Naruhodō protests that the defendants wouldn't be dying if no one was directly responsible. Vortex rushed off to his next meeting which he was running late for. Barok van Zieks is in his office so Naruhodō and Iris decided to go meet him right now.
"Visiting the Death Bringer" Edit
Upon entry, the two remarked van Zieks' office looked as if someone died in there. Iris and Naruhodō notice someone in a cloak sitting, near a small desk on the other side of the room. Barok van Zieks came in and demanded to know what the two are doing here. Naruhodō thought the cloaked man is getting punished but van Zieks said he only wished to sit there, he's his apprentice. Naruhodō recognized him as the other man in the newspaper article, van Zieks wishes to meet the real Grim Reaper. A portrait of a man who looks similar to him is present, but he doesn't say who the man truly is, only that it isn't him. Also in his office, there's a model of the World Fair, but van Zieks says it's nothing more than an investigative tool. This whole time, the cloaked man hasn't moved an inch.
Barok van Zieks confirms that the thugs mentioned in the article were indeed from Elyder Meningen's crime syndicate. Through an investigation, they were all rounded up before they could take him out. Meningen's wealth comes from the syndicate's activities making him look like he was one of the most successful investors in London. He uses his money to get his crooks free as well as himself, now he's dead but van Zieks denies having caused it. van Zieks is angered and shocked to find out that Naruhodō is going to be the defense. He reveals that Benjamin Dobinbough was his classmate at London university, who is English but immigrated to Germany after graduation to pursue his research. He was studying science while van Zieks was studying law. The two got along well, but haven't seen each other since graduation. Naruhodō is shocked to find out he's the prosecutor. In light of the Death Bringer curse, it means his old friend is doomed no matter how the trial goes. But van Zieks says he is merely a human prosecutor, not a death god. Besides, before Naruhodō came along all of his defendants were bad people, he didn't care that they died. He says someone else is responsible for these mysterious deaths, the crime rate in London has dropped ever since he was called the Grim Reaper.
A hidden reporter caught the incident with the thugs. Van Zieks's "disciple" is studying to become a prosecutor, he currently writing about that attack. He was ordered to wear a mask by Lord Vortex, no one is to see his face and they don't know his origins either. Van Zieks doesn't know why he'd order something like that. Naruhodō thinks to himself that while this is his first time meeting this Masked Disciple, he gets this feeling they've met before. He was standing casually showing no weak points, Vortex also ordered him not to speak to outsiders, but Naruhodō has an idea of who he might be. Van Zieks asks about Sōseki Natsume, Naruhodō mentions the letter he received. Naruhodō considers asking Dobinbough about his relationship with van Zieks.
"Interviewing the Scientist" Edit
In holding cell 11 of the Gaol, Benjamin Dobinbough wonders if Naruhodō's defense attorney profession means he's going to defend his theories. He says the experiment was a success but none of the other defense attorneys would believe him nor defend him. Dobinbough admits that the explosion that killed Elyder Meningen wasn't according to plan, but he actually made it to the Crystal Tower. He says the death was an accident, not murder. Iris explains that Holmes said whether it was an accident or murder changes the situation entirely. If it was an accident, the teleportation device is protected by the Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology, England's new system. But if it was murder, then the device can be investigated to see if it was a murder weapon and Dobinbough's theory would be lost.
According to hyper electric instantaneous teleportation technology, a human is composed of molecules electrically linked. So it should've been possible to break them down and transmit it somewhere else if one had enough electrical power, that's Dobinbough's theory. It could really help people to travel to places, but Iris says that would make the world feel small. Dobinbough needs a lot of money to actually make an invention, that's when he met Meningen.
Regarding Barok van Zieks, Dobinbough says he was a quiet and good-natured chap when they went to university. Naruhodō is surprised considering the bully he's like today. He was the younger son of the illustrious and aristocratic van Zieks family. Dobinbough was surprised that people are calling him the Grim Reaper. He also heard about a huge case that changed van Zieks life after he graduated, but Dobinbough doesn't know about it due to being in Germany. Naruhodō thinks he shouldn't tell him that van Zieks is the prosecutor.
Elyder Meningen visited Dobinbough in his German lab last year wanting to investigate his theory. He seemed like a wonderful man, he had a teleportation device built for him entered in the World Fair, he also got the British government to financially support his research. He prepared a large amount of money and an outstanding engineer who built the device based on Dobinbough's plans. Dobinbough owes Meningen so much, he can't possibly be his killer.
Dobinbough once again confirms the explosion was an accident, and he didn't kill Meningen on purpose. He says science is about the pursuit of truth, Naruhodō believes him and will prove his innocence. Dobinbough realized one more thing after graduation: if a person does work and fights with all his strength for something then their origins and nationality don't matter. Iris says it's finally time to go to the World's fair, that's where the crime happened.
After walking around a large crowd for two hours, the two hear arguing near the public stage. They find Tobias Gregson and Gina Lestrade, as Gregson threatens to arrest Lestrade but he does not have proof. Iris calls for Gregson, who calms down in front of the girl who includes him in her stories. He will make sure she'll get a hot air balloon ride. Gregson took a leave of absence due to helping the culprit who stole that government secret six months ago, but now he's back on the job. Lestrade was the defendant of that case, she just pickpocketed five shillings from Naruhodō. She reveals that she is now a Scotland yard detective-in-training! Gregson heads up the stairs and tells Lestrade to keep watch down here. While she was still in prison, she was thinking that she couldn't go on as a pickpocket. So, she went to Holmes who told Gregson to take her under her wing as a detective-in-training, noting that Inspector Lestrade has a nice ring to it. She also plans to use her position to search the world for Iris' father, but unfortunately she couldn't read the entrance exam. Naruhodō begins to wonder why the Death Bringer curse isn't affecting her, Lestrade tells him not to worry.
Regarding the current situation, the accident was intense. Due to Gregson being in charge of the World's Fair security, Lestrade saw the experiment from a hot air balloon, stating that there was first smoke, then the explosion. Lestrade admits that the experiment was technically a success, the victim was actually discovered at the Crystal Tower! It's right nearby, the large crack is where the cage victim was plunged down into. Lestrade gives the two a diagram made by the police. No one is allowed to investigate the device due to the Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology. They find a weird device near a tree and a burned scrap of canvas cloth, Naruhodō makes notes of them, there are ashes on the ground. The Crystal Tower is Suishoutou in Japanese, a tall, completely glass architecture is a symbol of the London World's Fair. Inside, there are observation platforms, an art museum, a botanical garden, and other museums. The way to get into the door is three hours long. Now people are just looking at the closed crime scene from the hot air balloons. The hole where Meningen's cage fell is being investigated, they had to get the body down. The group decides to check the device.
"Gregson on Stage" Edit
On the stage, the machine looks totally blown apart. Iris says Holmes does this all the time. She would love to go to Japan one day and is sad that ninjas nor feudal lords don't exist anymore. Anyway, it's weird that Elyder Meningen was transported and not blown up. Iris attempted to pull a lever but Tobias Gregson intervenes. She gives him tea and he tells them the provision is preventing the lawyers from investigating. But Gregson really doesn't see any problem with them looking. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō wonders how Dr. Dobinbough wasn't hurt, Gregson doesn't want then to touch it. Naruhodō notices that part of the machine is made of wood and Iris finds a tool in the wire mash. It's a screwdriver with an A-shaped handle. Gregson will examine it for them and confiscates it.
Naruhodō and Iris check out the weird device from the tree, and discover a crossbow. Naruhodō says that he used to always put two arrows during archery and they snap, but he thinks this could actually beat Kazuma Asōgi with this. Gregson says people are promoting new scientific inventions, that why they allowed Dobinbough to test his invention at the World Fair. Police are forbidden to mess with the inventions to protect science and technology, only the new division can examine them. The Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology guarantees the rights to protect the secrets of scientists, Gregson still has to be present when they examine them, the government also makes support funds for theorial research. Dobinbough came back to England for the World Fair and funding, Gregson is very surprised that he went to university with Barok van Zieks. He heard about the thugs attacking him and is relieved that he is fine. Gregson heard the juries were bribed and evidence was forged, that's why the Death Bringer came into existence. At first Scotland Yard was suspecting van Zieks taking justice in his own hands, but after investigation they found out that he had nothing to do with it, yet they don't how the deaths happened. Naruhodō mentions the incident after van Zieks' graduation but Gregson doesn't know anything about it.
After Gregson leaves, Iris asks Naruhodō if Holmes knows something about van Zieks. But he's in the middle of investigating something so she gives Naruhodō a ticket to Madam Rozaic's wax museum near Baker Street that's gotten popular in London. It's where Holmes is but Iris was told not to tell Naruhodō. He wonders what Holmes is up to despite not seeing any connection.
"A Visit to the Wax Museum" Edit
Naruhodō is scared of all the deadly figures in the museum. He once read a horror magazine about an old lady using adipocere. In the middle of the Chamber of Horrors, there is a curtain to a separate room for a famous serial killer, however, they'd need an extra entry fee. An arm is sticking out but Naruhodō doesn't want to touch it. Naruhodō thinks all the figures are real people, one of them being Sherlock Holmes. Iris Watson is proud that the detective finally got a sculpture. She then humorously kicks it, with the detective jolting in pain before going back to its pose. The figure's eyes begin to move and starts sweating upon closer look and when the two try to look at something, Holmes reveals himself to them! He is mad that Iris kicked him so hard, but he's glad to at least stop using that pose, revealing that a case is happening in the wax museum. Madam Rozaic came here from France three years ago. She opened the show tent last year and was popular ever since. The Rozaic family has a special technique in making wax figures that was passed down, they made a name of themselves by creating a wax figure of the queen who executed via guillotine during the French Revolution. Legend has it they used their own decapitated head right after her death to make a mold. Due to the World Fair there haven't been many visitors lately, but the chamber contains criminals from London's real past and their crimes. Holmes acted as a temporary wax figure to arrest the serial killer figures, but he's doing this for money so he can pay the rent and feed Iris.Naruhodō tells him about Barok van Zieks and Benjamin Dobinbough, but before Holmes can say anything Connette Rozaic arrives. Holmes goes back to being a wax figure again. Rozaic is twenty-six, she calls herself Madam to make her name sound more distinguished. She calls Holmes restless and threatens to turn him into an actual wax figure if he continues to leave his post, Iris wants to hear more about Holmes' case. Rozaic made all the sculptures herself, she is the third generation of the family. Her grandmother was the one who sculpted the queen, she had many misfortunes but discovered true art. All of the figures were made using molds of the real person after their execution, yet she loves art. But there are other rooms with less terrifying exhibits, Naruhodō is only here because Iris dragged her in. The famous detective sold himself to Rozaic a few days ago, though they couldn't agree on the price. But she's tight on cash so she's having him work here, apparently in debt of something. Rozaic was surprised that Naruhodō knows of the incident and Holmes suddenly appears right by them. He demands money and she reluctantly agrees if he performs his deduction. Rozaic refuses to pull back the curtains to the special exhibit until the Holmes notices the hand sticking out. Behind the curtain is a tombstone, but Holmes couldn't find the serial killer's wax sculpture. He did find a fainted middle-aged man on the floor but he's not the killer or a wax figure. He has two conclusions: There is a huge business transaction in the special exhibit room and it has something to do with a major crime. Rozaic has gone pale as wax, Holmes will now do his deduction.
Holmes notices that Connette Rozaic has two thousand pounds in her purse. When questioning the purpose of the money, Rozaic seems to be looking at a plaque to her right. It says, "Wax figure for sale", so she must have sold the wax figure for that money. Holmes also claims the middle-aged man fainted from the shock of seeing the two thousand pounds in Rozaic's purse, he wanted to buy the wax figure but couldn't get his money back. But where did the wax figure go? Holmes notices two other wax figures, one has a yellow scarf. It is a code used between Scotland Yard officers to notify each other that there is a crime in progress. Holmes knows who this detective is: Officer John Clay, who won the superintendent general award three times a year ago. The other wax figure has a price tag on it. It's only three pence, that seems a bit low. And she tried to sell it to that guy for two hundred pounds resulting in the Yard sending Clay over. So Holmes concludes that the wax sculpture is in possession of the police.
Naruhodō is dumbfounded, Iris is surprised, and Rozaic is angry. The old police officer would have to be a serial killer to be in this room. Holmes and Iris say he's Sergeant Ottermole, a serial killer who disguised himself as a patrolman a year ago. Naruhodō doesn't think two hundred pounds is a really lot of money and Rozaic is furious that Holmes called her a criminal as she gets ready to dump hot wax on him. Naruhodō asks Iris to help him correct Holmes and she allows it. They find a sign behind the curtain that Rozaic was actually looking at. It says "To Connette Rozaic, proprietor of Madam Rozaic's wax museum. We'll be taking the prisoner from this room, if you want it back it'll cost you two hundred pounds. Have the money ready by October twenty-third.". Iris thinks it looks like a blackmail note, so the two hundred pounds is ransom money. Madame Rozaic has her right hand behind her back, but upon examination it's actually another left hand. It's the hard hand of a wax model, the middle-aged man plucked it off as a keepsake so Rozaic whacked him with it. But they've reached a conclusion that the serial killer wax figure was kidnapped.
"John Clay's" arm is missing, the same arm that the other man tried to steal, Rozaic made a wax figure of Clay for winning those awards. Ottermole has a shaky leg, meaning he's a real person. The three pence is actually the price of the scarf around his neck. He also has a yellow scarf on his arm, he's the one investigating the crime at the museum. In conclusion, Scotland Yard has not found the wax figure yet. Rozaic gets all sorts of visitors and they all cause trouble to her wax figures, but she is very impressed by the deduction. The middle-aged man will probably wake up and go home soon.
The wax figure was kidnapped within its room, she noticed it missing one morning a few days ago, that's why the curtains are closed. This terrifying serial killer was so horrible, his name was called indelibly into British criminal history: the "Professor". He was active around Iris' birth a decade ago, Holmes explains that was when Barok van Zieks graduated from London University, it's that incident that changed his life. The killer was arrested and executed after killing five people, they were all in noble ranks which shook the government. The last victim was Barok's older brother, Klimt van Zieks! Barok was the prosecutor for the Professor's trial, he became known as the Grim Reaper ever since. Holmes needs to go back to being a wax figure and Rozaic has to go as well.
Meanwhile, Barok van Zieks visits Benjamin Dobinbough in the gaol. They can't believe they reunite in ten years to the death of Elyder Meningen. Dobinbough hopes that Naruhodō can prove it was an accident and also heard Barok will be the prosecutor. Dobinbough doens't want to remind his friend about the Death Bringer curse and he'll count on him tomorrow. Barok will see him tomorrow in court.
Trial, Day 1 Edit
Before the Trial Edit
- 8:52 AM
Ryūnosuke Naruhodō has been to the court in half a year, both he and Benjamin Dobinbough feel a strange atmosphere in the defendant lobby, though the scientist thinks it's because of some sort of new English technology. Naruhodō is ready to prove that Dobinbough's hyper electric instantaneous teleportation technology was an accident. Sherlock Holmes arrives on time, with the assistance of Iris Watson spening an hour waking him up. Dobinbough read about the detective, the Strand Magazine is sold to Germany as well. He thought this month's edition, The Adventure of Silver Blaze, was thrilling, but Holmes mistakes that story for the Speckled Band. Holmes actually can't watch the trial due to investigating Connette Rozaic's kidnapping of the sculpture. But he and Iris have Naruhodō know that proving Dobinbough's theory is impossible, but how was it a success? Iris is going to take care of something but will be a surprise for Naruhodō. Soon enough, the bailiffs advise him to come to the trial.
- 9:10 AM
The judge declares the fair and impartial trial in session. Naruhodō and Barok van Zieks are prepared to make their case, Naruhodō is alone this time. The judge and van Zieks remember Elyder Meningen from last month, but the prosecutor says the point is that he was murdered by the defendant. The judge asks the jury if they are ready, they consist of a tall man in brown, a young woman, a magician, a scientist, a little girl eating corn, and the same sleepy patrolman who looks like the murderous Mr. Ottermole much to Naruhodō's surprise. The judge that since the tragedy occurred at the World Fair, the attention of the whole world is focused on the outcome of this trial, it's best if it's ending quickly.
Barok van Zieks gives the opening statement. He starts things off introducing the hyper electric instantaneous teleportation by Dobinbough, it was supposed to zap someone's body into particles and transport them somewhere else. The judge heard that the government was going to use the World Fair for money. Half the jury already don't believe the theory, No. 4 is a doctor and a member of the Royal science association. van Zieks actually asserts that it was possible, he says Dobinbough's theory is under investigation by the government who may pay a large sum in research support funds. So van Zieks says the motive for killing Meningen was to take the research funding and it wasn't an accident. As proof, van Zieks had the first witnesses to the stand.
"Cross-examining the defendant and detective" Edit
The two are Dobinbough and detective Gregson. The defendant assures everyone that the teleportation actually happened. Gregson submits a photo of Elyder Meningen's corpse at the Crystal Tower as evidence, he looks stabbed in the chest. Meningen had unsavory rumors around him but he collaborated in Dobinbough's research and funded the experiment. But Gregson and van Zieks assure the court that it was murder, not an accident.
Tobias Gregson says Meningen fell from the Crystal Tower and fractured his spine. Benjamin Dobinbough says that was because his miscalculated the angle fire by accident. But Gregson says that the autopsy discovered a sharp stab wound in the victim's heart. He was killed before the teleportation happened, only the defendant could be the culprit. van Zieks says Dobinbough killed Meningen twice, Gregson shows the court the program of the experiment. Meningen was in a cage and was supposed to be teleported to the third floor of the Crystal Tower about twenty-five yards away, but due to the explosion the point was pointed upwards and Meningen was teleported into midair and crashed instead. van Zieks submits the autopsy report and the jury is already deciding on a guilty verdict, but Naruhodō will perform his cross-examination first.
Dobinbough calculated the angle himself, the mistake was because those calculations were so advanced. He measured Meningen's height, weight, the direction of the wind, and the temperature. Naruhodō makes him realize he forgot to measure Meningen's clothes. Van Zieks says the autopsy only arrived this morning, he apologizes. The sharp instrument that stabbed Meningen is a flat-head screwdriver which Dobinbough calls Andrew, he sees his tools as his friends. Gregson says the only the two were on the stage and Meningen was alive before the teleportation, suddenly Dobinbough chews his thumbs. He says he couldn't have had stabbed him because then blood would be all over the stage and everyone would notice! But van Zieks and Gregson say that the screwdriver could've been used as a cork to prevent the sea of blood, all Dobinbough had to do was teleport the body to the tower. That's when Naruhodō remembers that he found the screwdriver in the wire mash on the floor of the device, and the detective stopped them when he went to pick it up. van Zieks can't believe he let Naruhodō investigate the device but Gregson says he just let him look at it. Yet, the screwdriver wasn't found inside Meningen like everything else on him. Naruhodō concludes that van Zieks' case is flawed, but Dobinbough suddenly says that only Meningen would've been teleported. van Zieks' requests a testimony from the defendant about his scientific stance on the contradiction.
He says his research hasn't reached the stage of compiling the data from experiment yet, but theoretically metal like the screwdriver can't be teleported which is why the cage was made of wood. He says Naruhodō's point is no problem at all and he owes Meningen a great deal for helping his theory take shape, he says it's his duty to defend the device they made, he's making himself guilty on purpose! Dobinbough is on no one's side, he just wants his theory to be correct. Naruhodō goes with his cross-examination and presents the picture of Meningen's corpse. It shows him wearing metal rimmed glasses meaning metal can be teleported. Naruhodō says that if the teleportation didn't actually happen, it would mean the victim wasn't killed on stage, leaving the possibility of another person as the real killer.
Juror No. 4, who's devoted to science, cannot tolerate those who commit fraud under the pretense of practicing science. Juror No. 1 agrees that the invention should be torn apart and investigated and No. 6 finds the Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology rule ridiculous. Naruhodō objects that Dobinbough wouldn't present a fake device after spending a lot of money but van Zieks and Juror 4 say he did that for the research funding. The females jurors are surprised that it was five hundred pounds to be exact, Juror 4 says that many scientists would want the money and that is a great motive for murder. Dobinbough assures everyone he'd never hoodwink the government despite saying his theory was real. van Zieks agrees that Meningen made it to the Crystal Tower but since he's dead Dobinbough must be the culprit. The prosecutors would like to summon a few peoples from VIP seats, he also asks Naruhodō to reaffirm his position. The court will now take a twenty minute recess while the prosecution prepares the new witnesses.
Benjamin Dobinbough demands to know why Naruhodō was saying his theory was some sort of trick even though he promised to believe in him, but he doesn't know anything about science and theories. Besides, the contradiction is real, Dobinbough says that's just because he's in the middle of his research despite Elyder Meningen dying as a result. The scientist is extremely ashamed of himself and he can't believe his old friend is treating him like a criminal. Dobinbough carefully drew the blueprints for the device himself, he wants Naruhodō to believe in him. He agrees just when the trial reconvene.
"Cross-examining Rumba Marmatch, Gotts and Lestrade" Edit
As the trial reconvenes, Barok van Zieks says that one of the witnesses is a Scotland Yard detective, so he says the testimony is trustworthy. His position hasn't wavered at all, Dobinbough's device was a success but it killed the victim. The next witnesses have viewed the incident closer than anyone else.
A man and a boy take the stand with Gina Lestrade. The man introduces himself as Rumba Marmatch, he is in charge of all the hot air balloons that were around the experiment site. The boy is named Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond Ormstein, he came all the way from Bohemia for the World's Fair. After Gotts gives money to Marmatch who gives him a balloon (owing to the fact he has a lot of money), Lestrade introduces herself as Inspector Gina Lestrade. She says she's famous and acknowledged by Holmes, she was allowed to ride in one of the balloons due being part of the security. As Naruhodō wonders why she is so cheerful, van Zieks says there were three balloons above the stage containing the witnesses, their altitude was sixty feet (or eighteen meters) so they could see.
Marmatch is glad all his balloons made it safely out of that terrible accident. Lestrade says that after the stage exploded, the air did as well. Gotts could see a cage faintly come into view in the smoke of the explosion, then it fell and crashed into the Crystal Tower. Lestrade says she couldn't see what was inside the cage, but no-one approached the Crystal Tower at the time. van Zieks reveals that the second explosion occurred next to the witnesses' balloon, and Meningen's cage appeared from it. Gotts is revealed to be descended from Bohemian royalty, he concealed his identity and snuck off to see the fair. He came here on a sightseeing trip with his prep school, he takes off his mask revealing his cute face. van Zieks says that since no one else approached the tower, the only one that could've done it was the man on stage.
During the cross-examination, Lestrade saw Meningen get into the cage and the Dobinbough pulling the lever. There was that explosion and the cage disappeared. Lestrade says it looked like empty air just caught fire and exploded, but Gotts reacts to that. However, he says Naruhodō must refer to him by his full name because his teacher says that's what people must do when they first meet, Lestrade prefers to be called Inspector Lestrade. Anyway, Gotts swears he saw a green balloon just before the second explosion. Lestrade didn't see it, Gotts throws a tantrum saying he'll use his Bohemian government ties that his testimony is right. The judge has the statement added "for the sake of British-Bohemian relations". Naruhodō presents the burnt green balloon fabric scrap on Marmatch statement about all the balloons being safe. Combined with Gotts' statement, it implies that one of his balloons exploded at the time. The jury discusses how the balloon exploded and how people could've died. Marmatch is furious that someone in one of his balloons could have died, but van Zeiks assures him there was only one victim in this case. But Marmatch is also saying the balloon shouldn't have been there! Naruhodō asks for further testimony from him.
"The Exploding Hot Air Balloon" Edit
Rumba Marmatch, who is not a liar, says that all three of his recovered hot air balloons had passengers. It'd be really bad if one exploded and fell, but Lestrade notes how something crashed and burned to ground at the crime scene. She says it's from the stage, Marmatch says Gotts must be wrong, his balloons all have red and blue striped designs.
Naruhodō also noticed the signs Lestrade found, she says she has the right to arrest him when she wants. Barok van Zieks claims the scrap of burnt green material was there before the World Fair, not from one of Marmatch's balloons. Gotts reacts again, he assures the court that he saw a green balloon. The judge tells Gotts an example of "proof", the boy actually does have a photo! He took pictures of everything from in the balloon. Unfortunately it's a sepia photo, you can't tell if the balloon is really green, Gotts blames whoever made the camera and starts crying in Bohemian. But the photo does show the balloon empty despite Marmatch saying all three had passengers, it was taken at the moment of the explosion. So that proves there were indeed four balloons in the air at the time of the incident.
Marmatch says it wasn't one of his and van Zieks says that it is irrelevant to the case, but there is another clue hidden in this photo: the cause of the explosion. There is a white streak going toward the balloon, meaning someone might've shot at it. Naruhodō has evidence of what this "flame" could be, it's the crossbow found by the tree. Someone shot a flaming arrow at the balloon igniting the gas causing it to explode, it was used instead of a gun because it wouldn't be as audible as a gunshot would be. Naruhodō suggests that supposedly teleported cage was inside that balloon the whole time! He concludes that the explosions weren't part of the murder, they were just part of some stage magic explaining how teleportation can actually work. Juror 3, the magician, suggests that maybe Elyder Meningen had a body double on the stage. Juror 4 says the compensation of gas is less explosive when added Hydrogen so Meningen wasn't blown to bits. If the victim was never on the stage to begin with then there's no way the defendant could've killed him there.
"A Sadistic Choice and Surprise Return" Edit
Naruhodō thinks he's won but then Benjamin Dobinbough suddenly runs into the courtroom confessing that he stabbed the victim with "Andrew"! He says he'll confess anything to the prosecutor, as long as his theory and device is protected, he doesn't want all his research revealed as a lie. Barok van Zieks is saying that by claiming the teleportation is just a trick, Naruhodō is invalidating the defendant's life's research. He is forced to make a choice: either his client goes to jail for a crime they didn't commit or Naruhodō proves he's a fraud as a scientist, that's betraying his client either way. Just before he could make his statement, Naruhodō hears someone words: "It's not about what you're betraying, it's about what you're protecting". He turns to his right to see that Susato Mikotoba has returned! She performs the "Susato Toss" on him and tells him we will discuss this later. Naruhodō tells Dobinbough that science and lawyering is about pursueing the truth and asking if there is anything he is questioning, van Zieks is at last that Naruhodō is "awake", it's first time he was said everything nice.
Dobinbough remembers that he saw a man with a crossbow before the incident. He was taller and skinnier than him with better posture and long white hair, he wore a monocle and Dobinbough knows him as the mechanical engineer who built his device. Meningen introduced him to this man a year ago, his name is Enoch Drebber, Jurors 3 and 4 surprisingly know him as well. 4 dislikes him due to him always aiming for the grant money the government gives using stage magic disguised as legitimate science and 3 dislikes him because his magician friends told him that magicians with money troubles tend to give their advice in plans like the one the fourth juror mentioned. He's a scientist, magician and swindler.
Dobinbough is forced to admit his device is indeed a magic prop, at least he wanted to believe. He really wanted it to protected in fear that all his research would be for nothing, he didn't know who Drebber actually was. Naruhodō suggests that he and Meningen were using Dobinbough to get the government funds. He didn't know anything about that trick, he just did what Drebber told him to do. The scientist is OK that the device can now be investigated and apologizes for everything.
The judge decides to suspend this trial by for today. van Zieks is required to find Enoch Drebber and take him into custody and Naruhodō must produce evidence that will prove Dobinbough's innocence. With that, the court adjourned for the day.
Aftermath, Part 1 Edit
- 1:30 PM
In the defendant's lobby, Benjamin Dobinbough apologizes for tricking Naruhodō and getting him into this trial. He just wanted his dream to come true, but he's still not clear of all charges regarding the murder of Elyder Meningen. Dobinbough is counting on him during his investigation. Susato then comes by and apologizes for her late arrival, she sent a postcard which Iris Watson kept as a secret surprise. Susato also apologizes for tossing Naruhodō, she was just so excited. She was supporting him from the gallery after the London train arrived late. Naruhodō is really glad she is back and the both look forward to working together again. Iris decides they should head back to Baker street for tea and hear about Susato's father.
Investigation, Day 2 Edit
"Susato tells the Truth" Edit
- 2:41 PM
Susato Mikotoba has missed Sherlock Holmes' attic even though she's only been gone for half a year, Ryūnosuke Naruhodō left it just the way it was in case she ever returned. When asked about Yūjin, Susato reveals that he had lied to her about collapsing from a fever. She came back to England because of the international forensic science symposium, she still hasn't manage to fulfill his promise to Iris Watson. Naruhodō can't wait to hear about what's been going on in Japan, especially the detail about Kazuma Asōgi.
She was sure she'd never go to Japan again, but after the trial where she pretended to be a boy, her father's attitude changed. Iris wants to try that out too with a fake beard, but Naruhodō says they'll notice her only ten. Regarding why Yūjin called her back, he found out about the dog collar by reading Sōseki Natsume's report and went pale. Yūjin spent six years studying in England, maybe something happened during that time, Susato is determined to find out what he's hiding. She came with him and Seishirou Jigoku as they were invited for the international forensic science symposium. Susato explains to Naruhodō that Jigoku was the judge of his trial a year ago, but he'd be happier if he never saw him again. Yūjin won't be coming for another month but Susato couldn't wait so she came earlier. Hart Vortex hopes the symposium will make him the attorney general of the Great British Empire.
Naruhodō also remembers Jezail Brett, the woman who framed him for the murder of John Watson. But Susato reveals that the intelligence agency of Japan found out that no one in England is named Jezail Brett, her real name was A. Sasha and she wasn't an exchange student either! They wonder what power allowed her to do what she did, sounds like none of her mysteries were solved despite her death. After the trial regarding her death was over, her true killer, news reporter Heita Mamemomi, told Susato that Kazuma Asōgi's body was never recovered after his death. She went to the detention center to visit Mamemomi, he told her that Asōgi's body just vanished, it never reached the embassy in Hong Kong! The Japanese government hid that fact and erected a gravestone on the cape of his hometown, but Yūjin knew and they're still searching for his body. Now that Naruhodō thinks about, they weren't allowed to see his body on the S.S. Alaclaire. Naruhodō thinks there's chance he might still be alive but Susato doesn't want to think about. Holmes investigated the body, why would he tell a lie like that? Susato is so scared she starts to cry, Naruhodō decides to just leave it at that.
Iris managed to write a long story based on the notes her father left her. It's called the Hound of the Baskervilles despite Holmes saying she couldn't publish it. It's still strange at how Susato knew the title, that was her promise, to come clean. She apologizes for keeping Iris waiting, it was a total coincidence that she found out about it. Before she and Naruhodō left Japan, when she was cleaning her father's study, she found a decorative box with a label that said "the Hound of the Baskervilles manuscript" in English! Suddenly, Yūjin came in, he tells her to never tell anyone that she saw the box. They wonder why Iris' manuscript was in Japan, Susato had that slip of the tongue when Iris mentioned the word Baskerville, she didn't think it was one of Holmes' unpublished stories. Susato interrogated her father about it when she returned to Japan but he refused to give any answers, and the box of documents was gone. Iris is glad for Susato telling all this, it is time for her and Naruhodō to investigate this case, he heard about the wax case form Iris. They need to investigate Enoch Drebber, that science and magic swindler. Iris isn't coming along, there's a market on Princeton Street.
"Interviewing Dobinbough Again" Edit
In the Gaol, Benjamin Dobinbough is writing a huge equation on the cell wall. Susato Mikotoba introduces herself to the scientist, he briefly thinks he might've gotten free sooner with her. He says not to worry about protecting his research, the equations are his autobiography through his fate. He needs to find a way to pay back the money he used for the machine, though he can't believe he trusted Meningen and Drebber. Dobinbough can't believe what was revealed in the trial, but it wasn't his fault it was a magic trick. Barok van Zieks actually believed his theory and he doesn't think he would just use it to make his case. Nobody believe his theory when the accident happened, so if van Zieks didn't prosecute the trial the machine would exposed as a trick at the very beginning and he'd be accused of a fraud. He says van Zieks was always kind to his friend but they wonder what they think about the contradiction. Elyder Meningen told Dobinbough he had access to many resources when they first met, after looking at his papers he says he must continue his research. He never thought Meningen was actually a leader of a criminal organization, he must've never invested much money. They must find Enoch Drebber, and they were told he was brought to Dobinbough's lab one day last year by Meningen. They met numerous times to discuss the device since, he does, in fact, have knowledge on science. He's been to his factory once before where he built the device, but he has no idea where the lab is, he was told to wear a blindfold in the carriage! It was an amazing factory with imported oil, he says it's work better than perfume. Dobinbough does have his business card but all it says is Drebber's name and occupation, but they still borrow it.
"Meeting up with Vortex" Edit
Back at Hart Vortex's office, the chief justice is talking with a woman in white. The notice the two, he compliments them on the trial but the government is disgrace that the experiment was just a trick. The Special Provision for the Protection of Science and Technology will be lifted before tomorrow. The woman has to go and does so. Vortex says that was Courtney Sithe, chief coroner in command of the Scientific Investigation Unit who just gave a report on Meningen. The two should ask Sithe herself about it in the forensic medicine lab. The scientific investigation unit is really important for the police of London, Vortex was planning this for a year. After the upcoming opening of the symposium, Vortex will become Attorney General and will get rid all defendants who use illegal methods to get free to protect London. Sithe is trustworthy and planned to be made right hand woman. Vortex also remind Susato that Yūjin Mikotoba will arrive next month, it's been many years since they met. Fifteen years ago, the year Susato was born, England was impressed by Yūjin and Seishirou Jigoku. Yūjin went to St. Entre-Deux Hospital as a medical assistant to study medicine for six years, Sithe was also there but they probably only known each other's faces. There was a lot going on with the Mikotobas, Susato thinks Yūjin's reason to leave Japan, must've been due to some circumstances. Naruhodō asks Vortex about the Professor case that van Zieks was involved with, when he just graduated and became a prosecutor as well as the Death Bringer. Rumors began circulating around London that the Grim Reaper is actually the ghost of his brother, Klimt, attached to him. Naruhodō asks permission for investigating Dobinbough's device and Vortex allows it and he has to go to his next meeting regarding security.
"Visiting the Forensic's Medical Lab" Edit
In Dr. Sithe's lab she is not here, Naruhodō has this feeling in here like a curse where his eyes sting. They decide to look around, Susato is brave. The stinky tools and bed look so sinister when together like this. In a jar on the shelf containing an organ with a medical condition, Susato's father has one of them too, but Naruhodō is just going to think it's food. The medicine bottles say poison and some of them are salt and peppers shakers, Sithe must also live here. The bank ledger on the desk seems to be for the scientific investigation unit, it says five hundred scalpels were purchased a month but that would mean they've have to work very hard, that's strange.
Suddenly, Courtney Sithe arrives and is angry that the two are in here. Vortex told them to go see her, Sithe makes them promise to leave once they get their information. The Elyder Meningen who appeared on stage and in the Crystal Tower were the same person because of the fingerprints on the stage, that method is new to England. Sithe can't draw conclusions that the teleportation actually worked, Naruhodō is very confused. Just then, a girl wearing some sort of plague mask arrives, she is Sithe's daughter who wants to cut the two orientals up! The two decide to make a run for it.
"Investigating the World Fair again" Edit
Back at the packed World Fair, Gina Lestrade is playing with a little black dog. Tobias Gregson comes by, he bows to Susato to welcome her back. Gregson was leaving the investigation to Lestrade, Susato is surprised that she became a detective, Gregson says he will be his successor because he will suddenly be leaving London for the Parisian Police France. He's taking Lestrade with her because he doesn't know what will happen to her, she's worried about the Death Bringer curse. Lestrade is mad at him for calling her a pickpocket, and she introduces the cute dog's name as Toby.
Lestrade allows the two to look around the crime scene again because she's playing with Toby right now. Susato hasn't seen Dobinbough's machine, but due to that special provision thing (the characters hate saying that long name) they can't check it out. It doesn't make sense why they didn't lift it, but the two talked with Hart Vortex. Lestrade allows them, but warns the group that Gregson will receive another "horror story" if they are lying. Lestrade has always been lying in trials until this one. Gregson keeps getting weird responsibilities, they want him to find Enoch Drebber and arrest him. She snuck a peek of Drebber in a picture Barok van Zieks has, Lestrade says she might have him as a boss instead. Toby is an assistant detective appointed by her, they're already considering police dogs in Germany. Toby is going to be the first in London and can track Naruhodō around the globe by using the scent of his underwear or something else. Lestrade found the dog abandoned in East End a while ago.
Naruhodō and Susato find an oil stain on Drebber's business card. Remembering earlier in the gaol, Susato says it doesn't smell like anything. When presenting it to Lestrade, she doesn't smell anything either. When Toby smells it, he can find Drebber's factory by using the scent of the oil. He picked up on something, Lestrade will borrow the card and be back. Naruhodō and Susato decide to investigate the stage.
"van Zieks on Stage" Edit
Susato is amazed at the looks of the teleporting magic trick device. van Zieks is there too, Naruhodō thinks we should leave despite Susato saying they got permission from Hart Vortex. The prosecutor tried to make himself unapproachable, he doesn't think that's what counts as looking like Vortex says. Naruhodō has something he wants to ask him that's not relevant to the case, it's about Klimt. He was also a prosecutor and Barok was very proud of him. But then he was suddenly killed by the Professor, Barok finds it funny that Naruhodō only knows that much. Susato mentions the theft at Connete Rozaic's wax museum, Barok is getting added as a figure next month. He is actually very surprised that the figure stolen was of the Professor.
Regarding Enoch Drebber, the police are searching for him. The only clue was the description Benjamin Dobinbough gave the court, and Susato wants some clues from Barok. He gives them a ten-year old photograph of Drebber, he started wearing the black monocle around that time. Naruhodō is surprised that Barok is actually co-operating with them, so they needed Drebber's testimony at all costs.
Suddenly, van Zieks' Masked Disciple appears with materials for the trial tomorrow. Susato gets the same familiar feeling that Naruhodō got when he first met that man. But he's silent, that's when she suddenly shouts "Kazama-sama!" causing the Masked Disciple to respond with that name! Naruhodō and Susato really think that this man is Kazuma Asōgi. The Masked Disciple leaves and van Zieks demands to know what is going on with them. Vortex brought the man to van Zieks three months ago and ordered him to train him as a prosecutor. He lost all his memories and will be van Zieks' assistant in the trial tomorrow, orders were from Vortex. Anyway, the device's metal frame is all bent out of shape from the explosion, the floor looks like it can open up have the cage hidden down there. The empty cage is made of sturdy cypress wood. If Asōgi is alive then Holmes lied to them, they need to confront him about it. van Zieks says it's time for them to go because the Scientific investigation unit will be here soon. They decided to go the wax museum and meet up with Holmes because Susato hasn't seen him in a while.
"Back to the Museum" Edit
Susato is terrified of the Chambers of Horrors until she notices Sherlock Holmes pretending to be a wax figure. Connette Rozaic arrives, the Professor sculpture has returned and the case is solved. She leaves after telling them not to disturb the wax figure. The curtain is still closed, the special exhibit requires a fee. Naruhodō never thought that the policeman that was here yesterday was a juror, Susato says the world is smaller than she thought. Susato has decided to use the Susato toss and other moves to attack a serial killer sculpture. Holmes starts dancing behind Susato's back and surprises her, she faints!
Holmes apologizes for that and explains his job as a wax figure, he basically solved the case behind the missing wax figure. He used the newly invented telephone to receive a call from him and he negotiated with the kidnapper to give the figure back. Apparently, the kidnapper was planning on returning it from the start, he only left that ransom note so it wouldn't look suspicious. They ask him about Enoch Drebber's whereabouts and give him the photo they received from van Zieks. Holmes goes pale and silent for a second. Then the two ask if he lied to them about what happened on the S.S. Alaclaire. He said it was murder and he investigated Kazuma Asōgi, but they met him today as the Masked Disciple. He should've noticed that he was alive but he says he just failed to notice, while Naruhodō says that would've worked with the sailors but not for Holmes. The detective says that famous ones like him can lie a lot, the door to a major mystery will open before his eyes in tomorrow's trial.
Holmes reveals that he took the figure back and is behind the curtain. For five shillings, he'll let them see it which he says they really should. Reluctantly, Susato pays and they go behind the curtain.
"The Special Exhibit" Edit
Inside is a headless figure rising from the ground right next to a tombstone, a grave robber is watching him. Naruhodō wants to leave but they already paid money. The missing is what Holmes meant when he said the case was "mostly" solved, they wonder what happened with the head. The Professor looks so real, upon looking closer at the man on death row, they find a big shard of glass from the Crystal Tower in his shirt.
The grave robber is also frightening as well. Naruhodō and Susato get into an argument on whether he was holding a shovel or spade. His lantern (rantan in Japanese) isn't really brave to use in a dark place like a cemetery. The camera around his neck is pretty small, they wonder why he brought it with him, they decide to borrow it for a little while. They can look at the photo by using the dry plate. Upon looking at the man's face by moving him towards the light, the two discover that the grave robber is actually Enoch Drebber!
Holmes suddenly appears confirm that he's the man they're searching for. The package the kidnapper sent did not have the head with the wax figure, Holmes wants this a secret from Connette Rozaic. Susato doesn't understand, if the museum had events that actually occurred, how is it possible for someone to rise from their grave? It was there that Holmes decides to tell them more about the case a decade ago.
Yesterday, Holmes said the Professor killed five high ranking people ten years ago, now he reveals he used a giant hound which tore our their throats! His trial was conducted in absolute secrecy and his identity was never made to the public. They received the death penalty and was executed via hanging, they were buried in Lowgate Cemetery right behind the prison but they somehow dug out of their grave and rose again. The wax exhibit is a recreation of the scene based on Drebber's eyewitness description. He looks twenty and was in a state of madness when he reported the police, Holmes says his hair turned white from being so terrified. His eyewitness account made tons of newspapers write about it, that's why it was made into a exhibit at Madam Rozaic's museum, Susato wonders what he was doing there in the first place. The Professor case was a huge scandal causing many rumors but they eventually died down and Drebber's tale was just some ghost story, that's because the police searched the cemetery during a press conference who definitely found the deceased prisoner's remains buried. After that, Drebber was never heard from until now.
Suddenly, Gina Lestrade arrives terrified of the incident. Iris told her they were here and she shoots a remaining firework, but she says she really shouldn't do that in the museum. She has found Drebber's factory thanks to the nose of Toby. Gregson is already on his way there, Lestrade give them the address he wrote. After she leaves, Holmes is depressed and wants them to might as well pretend he's a wax figure. So the two invite him to come along. After complaining about money regarding Rozaic and Iris, Holmes quickly calls a carriage.
"Meeting Enoch Drebber" Edit
In the factory, there is a prototype of the hyper electric instantaneous teleportation invention. Lestrade and Gregson with a sour face are there, there is still no sign of Enoch Drebber. The scientific investigation unit will be any minute so they better investigate fast. There is a Royal science award trophy on the floor that Naruhodō originally thought was a back scratcher, Drebber doesn't appear to be only a magician. Gregson, Lestrade, and Holmes are poking their head into the machine despite the protection of science and technology law. There is also a quiver of Western made arrows for a crossbow like the one at the crime scene. The door is secured with a lock, so Gregson had a locksmith on the way but a noise suddenly heard from the other side. Gregson knocks demanding someone to answer, there is the sound of someone escaping! Holmes decides to successfully unlock the door in a matter of nanoseconds.
Inside, the room is a complete mess but nobody is here. There is only one door and the skylights are too high up, but there are also foot prints near them. Gregson found some burned blueprints of Dobinbough's device in the fireplace, Holmes found a rope by the pillar. The furniture was all flipped upside down and there is also a small hot air balloon. On the floor is what everyone horrifyingly realizes is a time bomb, except Naruhodō. Holmes says it isn't a time bomb, but it caused what happened here, with the conclusions of Drebber causing the state of the room and the "bomb" is the real deal. Holmes will now perform his famous deduction, while Susato will stand close by and watch.
Sherlock Holmes says the room looks like it was lifted from the ceiling and dropped on the floor. He says gravity was reversed in the room then returned to to normal! The "bomb" is the device that reversed gravity, the clock on it is a timer to when the gravity will be restored. The noise from earlier was the restoration, Holmes saw this in a dream and that Drebber made the invention. Now regarding Drebber himself, Holmes notes the footprints on the ceiling. He says he had to escape and he couldn't use the door. So by using the reversed gravity, and wrapping the rope around the pillar, Drebber escaped through the skylight. This is literally Sherlock Holmes' most insane deduction yet, he even says that reversed gravity is impossible with the technology of this century just like teleportation. But he has a saying: "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.", Iris came up with it. Susato objects that the rope currently isn't tied to the pillar, she tells Naruhodō to help correct Holmes' deductions.
There is a vase with flowers still upright, a nearby safe on the other hand is bolted down to the floor, so gravity wasn't reversed, upsetting Holmes. Someone must have flipped all the furniture over by themselves, there is Safe: 432582 written under the chair. Maybe it's the combination to the safe in the room, last year Naruhodō recorded his lottery numbers in a book but couldn't find it when the drawing came in, though he did win the second prize. Anyway, Drebber did the same thing and was searching for the combination. There are more footprints and a shoe on the hot air balloon, it seems that someone was throwing the shoe and it. They remember the green balloon fabric which exploded with the cage Gotts saw, revealing the experiment as a magic trick. The balloon must be a model of that other one, maybe something is inside it. The two decide to use the crossbow instead of the shoe and rope, it pops and a wax head with a metal mask falls from it, it must belong to the headless wax Professor! Drebber is the one responsible for Connette Rozaic's theft, there is now a connection between that case and Dobinbough's experiment. Now if Drebber didn't escape through the skylight he must still be in the room, Naruhodō realizes that the only place he can be is the safe. The noise must have been the safe closing.
Holmes tells Naruhodō to open the safe, he does so with some trouble remembering the number. Out rolls the same man in that newspaper article, he acts strangely like a robot. Enoch Drebber doesn't want to talk about the two crimes until the time bomb is disarmed, or else they'll die! Holmes managed to disarm the bomb with seven seconds remaining but everyone is furious. Drebber admits their deductions were true but never thought anyone would find her, when he heard Holmes' whistling Drebber thought he should make a run for it. But he forgot the combination to the safe and the chair he written in under. Drebber tried escape through the skylight using the rope but it was too short. The time bomb was used to destroy the evidence in the room and he hid in the safe to protect himself, there's a handle that will open it from the inside. He was going to leave the room after the explosion when the group came in, they didn't run like people usually do.
Drebber admits that the head is of the Professor's, the metal mask was to his identity and the lock is really strong, so he just thought he'd hold onto it. Suddenly, Courtney Sithe appears with the scientific investigation unit and she demands them to leave. Holmes and Sithe know each other but she demands that they get out, so they decide to call it a day for investigating. Gregson notes that they found the factory and saved it from being blown up from the time bomb, Drebber suddenly laughs saying they just disarmed that one. Meanwhile, another time bomb within Dobinbough's invention back at the World's fair explodes, with two police officers around it! The group didn't find out about that for a hour, the secrets of the device were blown away permanently.
Trial, Day 2 Edit
Before the trial Edit
- 9:11 AM
Benjamin Dobinbough is in the defendant lobby with the group, Holmes arrives on time again and wants praise. Dobinbough promises not run up onto the witness stand like yesterday. Tobias Gregson gives Ryūnosuke Naruhodō documents per Holmes' request, it's the autopsy report of the Professor! Gregson cannot win against Holmes. Dobinbough's trial will end today, Enoch Drebber will be a witness, the trial is about to begin, Naruhodō will be focused on only the truth despite sensing that he will face something huge
- 9:30 AM
The trial reconvenes, the Masked Disciple is with Barok van Zieks due to it being a complicated trial for the prosecutor and Susato Mikotoba is with Naruhodō. The jurors are asked to prepare. Juror 1 is ready as a citizen of London, 2 can't stand frauds and cheaters, magician 3 won't stand magic being used for murder, scientist 4 says that dishonest scientists will face god's wrath, 5 will give both side cases fair consideration and guesses she will have to make a decision, and 6 says things better back in the old days because they weren't like this. First, van Zieks announces the bombing of the device, this surprises jurors 1, 6, 4 and the gallery. The judge already received that information from the yard, proceeded with van Zieks submitting a photo of what was left. Drebber obviously blew it up to destroy the evidence, and this happened after the science provision ban was lifted. van Zieks reminds the court that Dobinbough used the device but Naruhodō protests that he didn't know that Drebber and Elyder Meningen were just using him.
"Cross-examining Enoch Drebber" Edit
Enoch Drebber takes the stand, however he isn't really sure about his occupation, yet the jurors find him familiar due to his black monocle. Drebber is currently being investigated for kidnapping that wax figure but he says that has nothing to do with the trial. He has heard about the experiment at the World Fair, but he only built the device according to Dobinbough's blueprints. He says the device made teleportation reality, not a magic trick. Naruhodō only proved the chance that a trick could happen. Drebber will now testify about the device he made.
Elyder Meningen introduced him to Dobinbough one year ago. He built the device according Dobinbough's blueprints with no magic tricks involved. If there was a illusion, there would have to be a double like a twin to be switched. Everyone saw the top of the cage break through Crystal Tower head first, it was accident so Dobinbough was probably a little off. Naruhodō didn't prove anything and van Zieks confirms that Meningen didn't have a twin brother. The Royal Science Award is proof that Drebber was a legitimate scientist at some point. Drebber is claiming the explosion was either an accident or that Dobinbough used his theory to kill his volunteer. Naruhodō and Susato find a crack in the bottom of the cage and present it. van Zieks argues that the cage would crack after the impact of falling thirty feet from the hot air balloon, but Naruhodō reveals that it's located on the opposite side where Drebber claims it should be. Naruhodō concludes that this proves that there were two cages in the experiment that were swapped, it was an illusion not science. van Zieks and Naruhodō argue about the feet from the balloon and Meningen's broken neck. A recovered Drebber agrees with the prosecution and protests that there was no other place something could've been dropped from the height besides the tower. However on the map, the experiment stage is also about thirty feet high. In the photo of the blast site, there's a hole in the center of the machine, the second cage could've been dropped through a trap door under the teleport machine itself. The only one who could've done all this was Enoch Drebber!However, Barok van Zieks says there are two large contradictions in Naruhodō's argument. The first one is that Drebber was nowhere near the machine both before and after the experiment, it was confirmed by the officers, so he had no opportunity to swap the cages. The victim who disappeared from the stage and the one discovered at the Crystal Tower were the same person. The second contradiction Drebber has no motive to kill Elyder Meningen. Then the prosecutor produces a contract between Drebber and Meningen. It says 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. In other words, the contract is void if either Drebber or Meningen die. This situation is dire but Naruhodō thought of something, they thought there was only one cage but now we know there were two, the same could apply for the culprit. Drebber couldn't have done this alone, but what if he had an accomplice that swapped the two cages? van Zieks is proposing a big penalty if Naruhodō is wrong about this. Since the coroners said that the cages weren't swapped, he thinks the only one who could've fooled the medical examiners was Courtney Sithe. But Naruhodō is afraid that if he names her as the accomplice, he'll become the enemy of everyone in the courtroom, but Susato is sure that he'll be fine. The investigation was only done by the scientific investigation unit, Naruhodō remembers that the one and only person who said the person who entered the teleporter and the body that appeared at the tower were the same was Sithe. Juror 6, the policeman, is very mad Naruhodō is calling Sithe a criminal, he knows her well and says she is the best coroner there is. But if she was lying about that it changes everything. However, there's also the question of what was substituted for the victim. It's either evidence or someone, and that evidence is the Professor wax figure! A few days around the time of the murder, Drebber stole that wax figure from Madame Rozaic, the reason why is to use it as a body double, the figure is in in the courtroom right now. Van Zieks asks the jury for their thoughts on Naruhodō's theory, and they all vote guilty for Dobinbough, which prompts Naruhodō to do a closing argument.
"Closing Argument" Edit
Juror 6 says he's known Sithe for ages so she couldn't possibly co-operate with a criminal, 1 agrees and cannot think of the two people collaborating, 2 doesn't think the coroner has anything to do with the wax figure, 3 agrees saying he saw the police didn't trust it, 4 says they don't know for sure if the wax figure was inside the cage, and 5 says that Naruhodō is saying stuff without proof and won't let him get away with it. The judge sees the figure as the final sticking point. Upon pressing Juror 3, he says street magicians like him get in trouble with the police a lot. They have no stage to perform on so they practice in parks and side streets. Juror 6 suddenly swirls his gun around, he is not the murderous Officer Ottermole and doesn't look anything like him. Naruhodō is disappointed at Holmes. The policeman says that back in his days the policemen fought hard to gain the citizens trust and they respected them for it. He and van Zieks reveal that Sithe's maiden name is Simon. Courtney Simon is the name signed on the Professor's autopsy report, it was on June 17th at midnight, this proves so she does have a relationship to the stolen wax figure. Presenting this to romantic Juror 2 causes her and 6 to vote not guilty. Regarding Juror 4's statement, he thinks a wax figure should look more like Meningen for the trick, he wants evidence that says otherwise. The evidence is the thick glass shard that was found in the figure, now that Juror 5 has seen evidence (though she only really gets her corn) and gets presents 4's statement, they change their votes, which is because the little girl agrees with the scientist, allowing the trial to continue.
It seems that they need to investigate the wax figure to find the connection between Drebber and Sithe. Barok van Zieks decides they need to hear more about the figure from its owner, he's calling Connete Rozaic to the stand. Naruhodō is surprised that he isn't raising an objection, but he warns the defense he has the seal that has never been broken. The court now take a forty-five minute recess.
- 11:53 AM
Holmes is impressed with the defense's performance. Benjamin Dobinbough tells the group that he doesn't know who the Professor is, probably due to studying in Germany. Susato sees that most of the people in the trial like van Zieks are linked to the Professor case, but not Dobinbough. Suddenly, Courtney Sithe arrives now knowing that Holmes showed Gregson the autopsy report, Gregson told her about it. Naruhodō asks her to testify the truth in court, but she says that will be difficult. van Zieks won't be calling her as a witness and Hart Vortex forbade it, the seal is on the Professor. Susato thinks she is a coward for just running away but Sithe says she has always fought crime the way she thought was right. She leaves and the group wonders what seal she was talking about. Just as the trial resumes, Naruhodō thinks that the wax figure of the Professor must hold the key to finding a link between Drebber and Sithe, as well as Drebber's motive. Holmes will be cheering them on while chewing on his recently bought caramel.
"Cross-examining Connette Rozaic" Edit
- 12:40 PM
The two sides have prepared their cases. The judge never thought that a case like this would involves a prisoner like the Professor. Madam Rozaic is currently waiting in the witness lounge, the bailiff is off to fetch him. Naruhodō is ready for the next phase of the trial, he needs to prove Sithe as an accomplice to Drebber by using the wax figure.
Connette Rozaic takes the stand, she's currently working on her next mold: Sherlock Holmes. Barok van Zieks confirms with her that one wax figure was stolen from her museum and she says she was demanded a ransom for it. She's heard it was supposedly used as a substitute for the case's victim. On being shown a picture of the victim, Rozaic says she has a figure of Elyder Meningen in the "villains corner", but she agrees that he looks totally different from that Professor figure. Naruhodō argues that they can't see his face, Rozaic says that you can only open the Professor figure's mask with the key she has, but doing this is forbidden. The Professor's true identity is a national secret, but a rule of the Rozaic family creed is they have to perfectly replicate the people they sculpt in wax. The Professor rising again from his grave is really popular in the exhibit room.
In her testimony, she says that the figure's face was sculpted based on the dead body's actual likeness, that's the Rozaic creed. She co-operated with the gravekeeper to sneak in and wait at the gravesite just before the burial, she hid at the cemetery and waited to hear from the grave robber. She ran into some unexpected complications while making the mold, it was nearly dawn and she was panicking over the possibility of being caught. van Zieks is extremely surprised that Rozaic actually saw the Professor's face, but she agrees to keep it secret. She's also got a ten year old newspaper from the case when the grave robber saw the Professor rise from the grave, it was the most detailed article based on eyewitness account. Rozaic doesn't know why the wax figure kidnapped was the Professor. Connette Rozaic keeps getting letters from prisoners who want wax figure of them after they're executed, she makes both dead and living people, but the Professor helped the Rozaics gain star status. When regarding the unexpected complications, Rozaic says it was hard getting the mask off, because it was hard to close the jaw of a dead body. She was alone, so it took longer than she expected. She usually waits three hours after the person's death because of Rigor Mortis, it happens when a corpse's muscles stiffen three hours after death, the body is completely stiff after ten hours and will go slack again after that. She doesn't really remember the time and says the corpse was quite rigid, the judge says it would've been about 4:40 am, around dawn. But's there's a major contradiction, the Professor was pronounced dead at midnight by Dr. Sithe. 4 AM is more than three hours after that, so Rigor Mortis should have begun. But it doesn't seem like Rozaic is lying, that means the autopsy report is wrong. The Professor hadn't been executed at that time!
The judge and half the jury are surprised. But van Zieks says the Professor definitely died that night. Naruhodō agrees that he did, but suggests it was not by execution. He shows the newspaper that says after the Professor was executed, he rose from his grave and was killed again. van Zieks says that is just gossip from a third-rate paper, but that story was based on an eyewitness account, and that eyewitness grave robber just happens to be a twenty-five year old Enoch Drebber. Madame Rozaic knows him from a while back, she gave him five pounds to sculpt his face after reading a newspaper article. Ten years ago, Drebber witnessed that horrifying sight leading to rumors in the newspapers, but most had the eyewitness named "a certain youth", except one: The Daily Circus. It says Drebber was living at London University and studying science, he was a great student. So the condemned prisoner Sithe pronounced dead was actually alive, then Drebber saw it rise from the grave. This was a "deadly" secret for Dr. Sithe, she would've known Elyder Meningen was a wax figure of the Professor, that's why Drebber used it! Naruhodō demands her to testify and van Zieks actually allows it despite Vortex saying it was forbidden. He wants her and Drebber called to the stand.
"Cross-examining Courtney Sithe with Drebber and Rozaic" Edit
Courtney Sithe is at the stand with Rozaic and Drebber. She says it's a betrayal that she's been called here by a prosecutor, while van Zieks says a prosecutor pursues the truth above all else. Naruhodō recaps his theory to the court, that Drebber and her were able to pull off the crime by co-operating. Sithe just asks for concrete proof, but he doesn't have it yet, but he does have one important clue: the wax figure. She says she saw and confirmed his death, but Naruhodō says the newspaper claims he rose from the grave and the eyewitness was Enoch Drebber. By finding out the Professor wasn't dead, Drebber learned Dr. Sithe's ultimate secret. He says Drebber used that to potentially blackmail Sithe into helping him. The gallery seem to remember him from the university, but Drebber just laughs.
In his testimony, Drebber says that a decade ago he went to Lowgate cemetery as a side job. That newspaper's picture shows what he saw that night but he says he never saw the Professor. After that, Connette Rozaic visited him and made him into a wax figure. After that, he gave up his dream of being a scientist, and that article was the reason. Drebber says there's no way a dead body can rise from the grave and says the newspaper article is made up rubbish. If the article is false, then Naruhodō can't prove the cooperation between the two. Drebber's side job was grave robbing, the cemetery is right behind the prison, he enjoyed digging out bodies and selling them! Several of his fellow students did it as well, they were called "Soul Sellers". The Daily Circus printing his name in the paper caused his university to find out about his little "side business" and expel him. That newspaper specifically was the only one to mention his name. The Daily Circus asked around at the university dorms and somehow managed to get his name. About the photo, he claims to know nothing of the Professor, the article just came to that conclusion on its own. Rozaic can confirm what he says, she approached him and offered him the five pounds for the sculpting. But she says there's one more thing: she also bought something from him. Drebber doesn't remember, Rozaic says she bought a camera, it's the same one they found on Drebber's wax figure at the museum. Drebber always carried that camera to record information about the graves he rob, but he sold it because he has no intention of returning to that cemetery.
Naruhodō can tell from the mask in the newspaper picture that it's clearly the Professor he saw that night. Enoch Drebber claims he just mistook what he saw at the time, he really saw a fellow co-worker in the grave-robbing business wearing an anti-bacterial mask that forensic pathology students wear. The newspaper article apparently claims that a loud gunshot was heard from behind Drebber and that it hit the "zombie" death-row inmate in the chest. If what Drebber is saying is true, that would mean one of his fellow grave-robbers was shot by a grave keeper, why wasn't that a known incident? Drebber says the article made that up again, but Madam Rozaic reacts to that by carving Holmes' head. She just thought it's strange that Drebber would say something like that. She remembers when she visited him at the university lab ten years ago, he talked about what happened at the graveyard including the gunshot. Drebber yells at her to be quiet, but van Zieks objects as that's no way to speak to a lady. Rozaic says Drebber said blood splattered onto him after the Professor collapsed. Drebber tries to deny it but inside the camera is a bloodstain, it is presented but van Zieks says that since there is a coroner here we should ask her opinion. But Sithe says we can't say for sure it's from a human without testing, but Rozaic still proved that Drebber did in fact see the Professor rise from the dead that night.
Naruhodō wonders who Drebber is covering for by lying. Obviously, that'd be Sithe, his accomplice. It'd be a huge scandal if word got out to the public that someone she pronounced dead was actually alive, and a notorious serial killer like the Professor at that. It's likely Sithe would go to any lengths to protect that secret, even criminal ones. Sithe didn't just cooperate with Drebber's criminal plan, she was forced to in order to protect her secret. She swapped the wax figure and the corpse of Meningen and forged the autopsy report.
van Zieks says if Naruhodō is saying the Professor was shot in the graveyard that night, then who shot him? Susato says they don't have enough information for that. Plus, accusing Sithe of being a blackmailed accomplice carries a big risk: Naruhodō risks making an enemy of all of Scotland Yard and the whole British legal system. Jurors 3 and 4 agree that it is laughable. Also, they still haven't figured out Drebber's motive to kill Elyder Meningen. Then there's the contract, Drebber stood to lose a lot of money if Meningen died, yet Naruhodō wonders if Drebber's goal wasn't money. The newspaper article has something in common with the contract, the signature at the bottom of the picture reads E. Meningen, the exact same on the contract! Elyder Meningen used to be a journalist for the Daily Circus, his skills of connection is what got him to be leader of that criminal organization, he was the same one who interviewed Drebber and wrote and drew the article. It ruined Drebber's life by exposing him as a grave robber, he falls down now. But then Drebber assures the court that he quit London university on his own since he never considered himself a scientific genius anyway, but Naruhodō reveals he still keeps his Royal Science Award trophy at his factory.
Enoch Drebber slams his fists on the stand like he was going to have a breakdown, but Courtney Sithe suddenly yells "Hold it!". She admits to everything and says it is as the lawyer says, she cooperated with Drebber's murder plot in order to protect her decade old secret. van Zieks is surprised at what she just said but she says it is the whole truth.
"Sithe's Role as an Accomplice" Edit
When she saw what was inside the cage that broke through the Crystal Tower, she thought her heart stopped. It brought back a memory sealed in the depths of her heart for a decade, the serial killer from years ago glaring at her. She also noticed there was a message hidden on the wax figure: "Dr Sithe. You must cooperate with my plan. From: One who knows the truth from 10 years ago.". The details of the plan were written in the letter. So she fabricated the crime scene wrote a fake autopsy report to protect the Great British legal system. She deeply apologizes for it all and says now that the truth of the botched execution from ten years ago has come to light there's no reason for her to hide anything anymore, she's already finished either way.
A frustrated Enoch Drebber says he's not confessing since the machine blew up, Naruhodō is very surprised that he's still not giving up, but Sithe leaves the rest to Barok van Zieks. The judge says this trial is about Benjamin Dobinbough, Drebber's guilt doesn't need to be proved here as long as Sithe admitted to everything. Susato thinks they've won but Naruhodō doesn't understand why Sithe would admit to being an accomplice so easily, he objects to receiving a verdict and requests further testimony. Everyone else is very surprised, but he remembers one piece of advice from Holmes: there would be a "truth" in this trial that's hard to see, and to keep pursuing it until the very, very end. Naruhodō says that he needs to figure out every last spect of the truth, he requests testimony from Sithe about her cooperation with Drebber. She denies it and sees it as a waste of time but van Zieks actually makes her do it.
In her testimony, she says it all began when she found the message on the wax figure at the scene. As the message said, the real corpse was dropped under the stage. The one who modified the corpse to frame Dobinbough was her. She had the scientific investigation unit rearrange the crime scene. The execution ten years ago is top secret, she had to protect it. Sithe only had the location wrong on the autopsy of Meningen. She says the scientific investigation unit were the only ones in on this, none of the Scotland Yard detectives knew. The judge doesn't think a cross-examination is necessary but Naruhodō does it anyway.
Sithe says she made it look like the defendant's screwdriver killed the victim so it'd be decisive evidence against him. After the cage fell, she alone went slowly under the stage and stabbed the already dead victim with the screwdriver. This is the false cause of death she wrote in the autopsy report, the true cause of death was the impact from the 30-foot fall. Susato says there's something off about what Dr. Sithe just said though, Naruhodō wants how she stabbed the body added to her testimony. This contradicts the crime scene photo. The blood from the stab ran down the victim's jacket, which would imply he was upright when he was stabbed instead of lying on the ground, which means Dr Sithe just lied in her testimony. Elyder Meningen was alive when he fell, he tried to get out of the cage and encountered Sithe. This means only one thing: Courtney Sithe is the real killer! Drebber didn't know about this, the autopsy was right all along, she confessed to being an accomplice and tried to end the trial all to hide the real truth. But she says she has no motive to kill that crime syndicate leader. Yet, Naruhodō and Susato found a ledger in her lab. It says every month she buys medical supplies and drugs, but she buys five hundred scalpels. Naruhodō wonders why she'd need that many unless it's code for some kind of other bank transfer. Elyder Meningen wrote that article ten years ago, Naruhodō puts two and two together and realized Sithe must have botched the Professor's autopsy and Meningen used that to blackmail her. So she stabbed Meningen with the screwdriver to get her own revenge and silence the one who knew her deadly secret. Courtney Sithe slams the stand with one fist, yet still remains calm. She says he doesn't understand how long they spent protecting this.
Enoch Drebber has to confess now, the defense and prosecution demand him to. Drebber can't stand pseudo scientists, he was proud of the trick he made at the World Fair. He says he couldn't endure how that newspaper had ruined his life any longer, he did this all for revenge. Naruhodō thinks that wasn't all, there was more to it, there was also the wax figure. He stole it to get revenge on Scotland Yard and Sithe because they didn't want to admit that the Professor rose from his grave. Meningen approached him last year, having forgotten about him, and offered him a job as a technician. Drebber saw on the paper Meningen was holding about how Sithe was appointed to head of the scientific investigation unit. That's when he thought of his plan to get revenge on the man who stole his future, and to manipulate Scotland Yard into helping him so he can put them through the same humiliation he went through. Naruhodō calls him out as a hypocrite since his plan would've stolen Dobinbough's future if it succeeded.
Courtney Sithe and Enoch Drebber will be put to trial at a later date. The judge can't believe this but that's not relevant now. Benjamin Dobinbough says he doesn't deserve to be called a genius but van Zieks tells him he's different from Drebber and Sithe. Jurors 1 and 2 have no objections for an innocent verdict, 3 says this trial has given him a lot to think about, 4 says scientific thinking is everything, 5 is surprised that the trial is over already, and 6 wonders what's going to happen to Yard. The judge finally gives the defendant his not guilty verdict.
Aftermath, Part 2 Edit
- 4:33 PM
Dobinbough thanks Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and Susato Mikotoba for defending him and apologizes for only thinking about his research. He gives them a book with his thesis statement on it, he was thinking about taking a holiday in London and go to the World Fair. Barok van Zieks suddenly arrives saying he can't allow that, he says only him and Naruhodō could've handled this trial. van Zieks tells Dobinbough he will walk him to Dover harbor in a few days. He's prepared his passport and ticket for the ship ready for his friend to go back to Germany so he won't fall victim to the Death Bringer's curse. Regarding the concern of Sōseki Natsume which Susato just mentions, Naruhodō suggests that maybe the curse doesn't work on foreigners. But van Zieks is still sending Dobinbough to Germany anyway, just to be safe. Dobinbough says they can visit him in Germany when things calm down and leaves, then van Zieks tells the two meet him in the courtroom in ten minutes.
- 4:58 PM
Inside, the prosecutor asks Naruhodō if he's proud with his defense win, he says yes. Then Barok van Zieks asks why he thinks he hates Japanese, Naruhodō admits he thought he just didn't like him at first but now he thinks there's something that caused it, he knows the Japanese well. van Zieks says it's because of the Professor and Susato remembers that he killed Barok's older brother, Klimt. Barok says sixteen years ago, when he was a teenager, Klimt was already the chief prosecutor, Barok deeply admired him as a role model. Klimt was working hard on an international legal system, there were many exchange systems with a lot of countries in order to obtain knowledge and opinion. Among of them were three exchange students came from Japan, Susato remembers one of them was her father, Barok remembers him too. He was still doing his training at the prosecutor's office, when Klimt introduced him to the three he got a deep impression of his first encounter with Japanese people, he saw them meticulous. Six years later, that horrible case occurred, it finally ended when Klimt was killed. Klimt may have wanted to be killed for the sake of justice if it meant the serial killer would be caught, but Barok felt a ton of despair, though he understands that he's been hiding among us to avoid capture. Barok wonders why the culprit was kept secret, maybe because it could upset Japan and Britain's relationship when the alliance treaty was just being negotiated, possibly even leading to a war.
van Zieks decided that the time has come to reveal the Professor's face. He reveals that he borrowed the key to the mask from Connette Rozaic, he unlocks it and Naruhodō and Susato are extremely surprised to find out that the man responsible for the worst incident in British history was Japanese. What's more, Susato says the man's face looks familiar. Suddenly, the Masked Disciple screams clutching his head. He removes his cloak, calls the man his father, and removes his mask revealing himself to indeed be Kazuma Asōgi! He has finally regained his memories, Naruhodō knew his best friend was alive, and Susato cries tears of joy. Asōgi thanks them for guiding him and Naruhodō gives him his "Karuma" sword which he received after his friend's "death". But Naruhodō can't believe that the Professor was actually Asōgi's father, Asōgi takes "Karuma" and slices the wax sculpture. Then he says he has a lot to tell Naruhodō but he will do so another time.
Naruhodō doesn't understand why Hart Vortex made Asōgi Barok's apprentice. Barok van Zieks says that despite the Professor's trial and execution, this case still isn't over. Also, Vortex is involved in this somehow, he leaves the courtroom with that. Susato sadly says that her grandmother took her to the railway station a decade ago to pick up her father, it was the first time she ever saw him. She was told that one of his friends had passed away due to an illness back in London, and he had a boy seven years older than her. The boy is going to study to become a defense attorney for his father, so she decide to assist Kazuma Asōgi as an aide, that's how they met. Naruhodō says that the gears of a epic destiny began to turn, it was start of something and the end of something else.
References to other cases Edit
- Ryūnosuke Naruhodō says playing that telegram to the court was a fatal mistake for him. This is similar to his descendant who unknowingly presented forged evidence.
- On the newspaper in the beginning of the episode there is an ad for the Altamont gas company.
- Naruhodō mentions how he was stuffed in a closet on his journey from Japan.
- When examining the building seen from the stage, Taketsuchi Auchi is mentioned having a similar hair style as a feudal lord. Naruhodō wonders if it grew back since the last time saw him.
- In the wax museum, Naruhodō and Iris have a Ladder vs. stepladder conversation.
- The old man who tried to steal John Clay's arm is Juror No. 1 from The Adventure of the Runaway Room.
- Naruhodō is forced to make a "sadistic choice" like in Farewell, My Turnabout.
References to popular culture Edit
- The Great Exhibition was an actual event that happened in Hyde Park, London in 1851. It was the very first World's fair, except the Crystal Tower was a palace. The 1900 World Fair actually took place in Paris.
- When examining Barok van Zieks desk, Ryūnosuke Naruhodō mentions Tsumeshogi, the Japanese version of Chess.
- One of the wax figures is a serial killer name Jane the Ripper, similar to the unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper.
- "John Clay" is the alias of one of the criminals in The Red-Headed League.
- Ottermole comes from a story entitled, "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole", where a serial killer disguised himself as a police officer.
- When presenting the crossbow to Susato, she mentions how she can shoot an apple off Naruhodō's head. This is a reference to William Tell.
- When Holmes reveals himself to Susato, he says "Your friendly neighborhood" like Spider-Man
- Lowgate Cemetery is a parody of Highgate Cemetery.