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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.
- 1 Crime
- 2 Investigation, Day 1
- 3 Trial, Day 1
- 4 Aftermath, Part 1
- 5 Investigation, Day 2
- 6 Trial, Day 2
- 7 Aftermath, Part 2
- 8 References to other cases
- 9 References to popular culture
Crime[edit | edit source]
|The grand, end-of-the-creativity Great Exhibition of London -- surely, there was 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 were yet awwere 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 | edit source]
"Another day, another incident"[edit | edit source]
- 9:36 AM
Iris Watson asked Ryūnosuke Naruhodō about the London World Fair in the newspaper. Sherlock Holmes couldn't go due to a mystery he apparently had to solve, but he wouldn't talk about it. It had 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 were 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 was 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 van Zieks, this time they had guns! The article said the results of the Death Bringer's fate was in tomorrow's paper but Naruhodō didn't want to wait. So Holmes suggested they go see Hart Vortex about it, then he got dressed and left. Iris was in a different outfit for the World Fair, but Naruhodō decided to take her to see Vortex first.
"The ban had been lifted"[edit | edit source]
In the Chief Justice's office, Hart Vortex arrived and had heard about Naruhodō's request. He revealed 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 at the fair, but England was the host country so Vortex was seen preparations. Naruhodō asked for permission to practice law again regretting his mistake six months ago, but Vortex reminded him he was just a substitute for Kazuma Asōgi who suddenly died before he could complete his 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 was tomorrow. Vortex said van Zieks had a connection to this case as well. The international forensic science symposium will be the most important international meeting. Vortex said a really long speech regarding his view of the law, which caused Naruhodō to fall asleep. Then Vortex saw the newspaper Naruhodō had and revealed that Barok van Zieks was 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 and the syndicate thought his death was because of the Reaper. Even though van Zieks was an outstanding prosecutor, Naruhodō protested that his defendants wouldn't be dying if no one was responsible. Vortex rushed off to his next meeting which he was already running late for. Barok van Zieks was in his office so Naruhodō and Iris decided to go meet with him right now.
"Visiting the Death Bringer"[edit | edit source]
Upon entry, Iris and Naruhodō noticed 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 were doing here. Naruhodō thought the cloaked man was getting punished but van Zieks said he only wished to sit there, he was his apprentice and Naruhodō recognized him as the other man in the newspaper article. There was also portrait of a man who looked similar to him was present, but van Zieks only said that the man wasn't himself. 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 Meningen's crime syndicate. Through an investigation, they were all rounded up before they could take him out. Van Zieks denies causing Meningen's death and was also angered and shocked to find out that Naruhodō was going to be the defense. He revealed that Benjamin Dobinbough was his classmate at London university, who was actually British but immigrated to Germany after graduation to pursue his research. The two got along well despite their different studies, but haven't seen each other since graduation, Naruhodō was shocked that the Death Bringer was going to prosecute his old friend. In light of the Death Bringer curse, it means his old friend was doomed no matter how the trial goes. But van Zieks said he was merely a human prosecutor, not a death god. Besides, before Naruhodō came along all of his defendants were bad people, he didn't cwere that they died. He said someone else was responsible for these mysterious deaths, the crime rate in London had dropped ever since he was called the Grim Reaper.
A hidden reporter caught the incident with the thugs. Van Zieks's "disciple" was studying to become a prosecutor, he currently writing about that attack. He was ordered to wear a mask by Lord Vortex, no one was 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 was 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 had 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 | edit source]
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 said 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 said 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 was 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 was 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 said that would make the world feel small. Dobinbough needed a lot of money to actually make an invention, that's when he met Meningen.
Regarding Barok van Zieks, Dobinbough said he was a quiet and good-natured chap when they went to university. Naruhodō was 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 were 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 was 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 said science was 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 said it's finally time to go to the World's fair, that's where the crime happened.
"Rehabilitated"[edit | edit source]
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 revealed that she was 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 had 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 wasn'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 was where the cage victim was plunged down into. Lestrade gives the two a diagram made by the police. No one was 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 were ashes on the ground. The Crystal Tower was Suishoutou in Japanese, a tall, completely glass architecture was a symbol of the London World's Fair. Inside, there were observation platforms, an art museum, a botanical garden, and other museums. The way to get into the door was three hours long. Now people were just looking at the closed crime scene from the hot air balloons. The hole where Meningen's cage fell was being investigated, they had to get the body down. The group decided to check the device.
"Gregson on Stage"[edit | edit source]
On the stage, the machine looked totally blown apart. Iris said Holmes does this all the time. She would love to go to Japan one day and was 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 was 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 was 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 said 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 said people were promoting new scientific inventions, that why they allowed Dobinbough to test his invention at the World Fair. Police were 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 had 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 was very surprised that he went to university with Barok van Zieks. He heard about the thugs attacking him and was relieved that he was 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 was but Iris was told not to tell Naruhodō. He wonders what Holmes was up to despite not seeing any connection.
"A Visit to the Wax Museum"[edit | edit source]
Naruhodō was 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 was a curtain to a separate room for a famous serial killer, however, they'd needed an extra entry fee. An arm was sticking out but Naruhodō doesn't want to touch it. Naruhodō thinks all the figures were real people, one of them being Sherlock Holmes. Iris Watson was 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 started sweating upon closer look and when the two try to look at something, Holmes revealed himself to them! He was mad that Iris kicked him so hard, but he's glad to at least stop using that pose, revealing that a case was 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 had a special technique in making wax figures that was passed down. 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 was 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 was 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 were other rooms with less terrifying exhibits, Naruhodō was 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 demanded 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 was a tombstone, but Holmes couldn't find the serial killer's wax sculpture. He did find a fainted middle-agead man on the floor but he's not the killer or a wax figure. He had two conclusions: There was a huge business transaction in the special exhibit room and it had something to do with a major crime. Rozaic had gone pale as wax, Holmes will now do his deduction.
Holmes notices that Connette Rozaic had two thousand pounds in her purse. When questioning the purpose of the money, Rozaic seemed to be looking at a plaque to her right. It said, "Wax figure for sale", so she must have sold the wax figure for that money. Holmes also claimed the man fainted from the shock of seeing the 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 noticed two other wax figures, one had a yellow scarf. It was a signal used between Scotland Yard officers to notify others that an incident occored. This was Sergeant John Clay, he won the Chief Police Officer Award three times a year ago. The other wax figure had a price tag on it. It's only three pence, which seemed low and she tried to sell it to that guy for all that money. This was why the the Yard sent Clay over, and soo Holmes concluded that the wax sculpture was currently in possession of the police.
Naruhodō was silent, Iris was surprised, and Rozaic was angry. Holmes and Iris say he's Officer Ottermole, a serial killer who disguised himself as a policeman a year ago. Naruhodō didn't think two hundred pounds was a really lot of money and Rozaic was furious that Holmes called her a criminal. Naruhodō asked Iris to help him correct Holmes and she agreed. They found a sign behind the curtain that Rozaic was actually looking at. It said"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 thought it looked like a blackmail note, so the two hundred pounds was ransom money. Madame Rozaic had her right hand behind her back, but upon examination it was 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 was missing, the same arm that the other man tried to steal. Ottermole had a shaky leg, meaning he's a real person. The three pence was actually the price of the scarf around his neck. He also had a yellow scarf on his arm, he's the one investigating the crime at the museum. In conclusion, Scotland Yard had not found the wax figure yet. Rozaic gets all sorts of visitors and they all cause trouble to her wax figures, but she was 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 were 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 needed to go back to being a wax figure and Rozaic had 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 | edit source]
Before the Trial[edit | edit source]
- 8:52 AM
Ryūnosuke Naruhodō had not been to the court in half a year, both he and Benjamin Dobinbough feel a strange atmosphere in the defendant lobby, though the scientist thought it's because of some sort of new English technology. Naruhodō was 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 was 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 was impossible, but how was it a success? Iris was going to take cwere of something but will be a surprise for Naruhodō. Soon enough, the bailiffs advise him to come to the trial.
Opening[edit | edit source]
- 9:10 AM
The judge declared the fair and impartial trial in session. Naruhodō and Barok van Zieks were prepared to make their case, Naruhodō was alone this time. The judge and van Zieks remembered Elyder Meningen from last month, but the prosecutor said the point was that he was murdered by the defendant. The judge asked the jury if they were ready, they consist of a tall man in brown, a young woman, a magician, a scientist, a girl eating corn and much to Naruhodō's surprise, the same sleepy patrolman who looked like the murderous Mr. Ottermole. The judge that since the tragedy occurred at the World Fair, the attention of the whole world was focused on the outcome of this trial, it's best if it's ended quickly.
Barok van Zieks gives the opening statement. He started 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 was a doctor and a member of the Royal science association. van Zieks actually asserts that it was possible, he said Dobinbough's theory was under investigation by the government who may pay a large sum in research support funds. So van Zieks said 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 | edit source]
The two were 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 said Meningen fell from the Crystal Tower and fractured his spine. Benjamin Dobinbough said that was because his miscalculated the angle fire by accident. But Gregson said 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 said 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 was 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 said the autopsy only arrived this morning, he apologizes. The sharp instrument that stabbed Meningen was a flat-head screwdriver which Dobinbough calls Andrew, he sees his tools as his friends. Gregson sasaid ys the only the two were on the stage and Meningen was alive before the teleportation, suddenly Dobinbough chews his thumbs. He said 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 said 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 remembered 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 said 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 was flawed, but Dobinbough suddenly said that only Meningen would've been teleported. van Zieks' requests a testimony from the defendant about his scientific stance on the contradiction.
He said his research hadn't reached the stage of compiling the data from experiment yet, but theoretically metal like the screwdriver can't be teleported which was why the cage was made of wood. He said Naruhodō's point was no problem at all and he owes Meningen a great deal for helping his theory take shape, he said it's his duty to defend the device they made, he's making himself guilty on purpose! Dobinbough was 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 said 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 were surprised that it was five hundred pounds to be exact, Juror 4 said that many scientists would want the money and that was 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.
Recess[edit | edit source]
Benjamin Dobinbough demanded 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 was real, Dobinbough said that's just because he's in the middle of his research despite Elyder Meningen dying as a result. The scientist was extremely ashamed of himself and he can't believe his old friend was 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 | edit source]
As the trial reconvenes, Barok van Zieks said that one of the witnesses was a Scotland Yard detective, so he said the testimony was trustworthy. His position hadn'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 introduced himself as Rumba Marmatch, he was in charge of all the hot air balloons that were around the experiment site. The boy was named Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond Ormstein, he came all the way from Bohemia for the World's Fair. Lestrade introduced herself as Inspector Gina Lestrade, she said she was famous and acknowledged by Holmes, she was allowed to ride in one of the balloons due being part of the security. As Naruhodō wondered why she was so cheerful, van Zieks said there were three balloons above the stage containing the witnesses, their altitude was about sixty feet (or eighteen meters) so they could see.
Marmatch was glad all his balloons made it safely out of that terrible accident. Lestrade said 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 said she couldn't see what was inside the cage, but no-one approached the Crystal Tower at the time. van Zieks revealed that the second explosion occurred next to the witnesses' balloon, and Meningen's cage appeared from it. Gotts was 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 said 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 said it looked like empty air just caught fire and exploded, but Gotts reacts to that. However, he said Naruhodō must refer to him by his full name because his teacher said 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 was right. The judge had 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 was 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 was also saying the balloon shouldn't have been there! Naruhodō asks for further testimony from him.
"The Exploding Hot Air Balloon"[edit | edit source]
Rumba Marmatch, who was not a liar, said 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 said it's from the stage, Marmatch said Gotts must be wrong, his balloons all have red and blue striped designs.
Naruhodō also noticed the signs Lestrade found, she said she had 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, it was impossible to tell if the balloon was green. But the photo did show the balloon empty despite Marmatch saying all three had passengers, it was taken at the moment of the explosion. So that proved that there were indeed four balloons in the air at the time of the incident.
Marmatch said it wasn't one of his and van Zieks said that it was irrelevant to the case, but there was another clue hidden in this photo: the cause of the explosion. There was a white streak going toward the balloon, meaning someone might've shot at it. Naruhodō had 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 said the compensation of gas was 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 | edit source]
Naruhodō thought he's won, but then Benjamin Dobinbough suddenly ran into the courtroom confessing that he stabbed the victim with "Andrew"! He said he'll confess anything to the prosecutor, as long as his theory and device was protected, he didn't want all his research revealed as a lie. Barok van Zieks was saying that by claiming the teleportation was just a trick, Naruhodō was invalidating the defendant's life's research. He was 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 decision, Naruhodō heard someone words: "It's not about what you're betraying, it's about what you're protecting." He turned to his right to see that Susato Mikotoba had returned! After a "Susato Toss", Naruhodō told Dobinbough that science and lawyering was about pursuing the truth and asking if there was anything he was questioning, van Zieks was at last that Naruhodō was "awake", it's first time he was said everything nice.
Dobinbough remembered 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 was Enoch Drebber, Jurors 3 and 4 surprisingly knew him as well. 4 disliked him due to him always aiming for the grant money the government gives using stage magic disguised as legitimate science and 3 disliked him because his magician friends told him that magicians with money troubles tended to give their advice in plans like the one the fourth juror mentioned. He's a scientist, magician and swindler.
Dobinbough was forced to admit his device was indeed a magic prop. He really wanted it to be protected in fear that all his research would be for nothing, he didn't know who Drebber actually was. Naruhodō suggested 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 was OK that the device can now be investigated and apologizes for everything.
The judge decided to suspend this trial for today. Van Zieks was 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 | edit source]
- 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 was 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 was really glad she was back and the both look forward to working together again. Iris decided they should head back to Baker street for tea and hear about Susato's father.
Investigation, Day 2[edit | edit source]
"Susato tells the Truth"[edit | edit source]
- 2:41 PM
Susato Mikotoba had 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 revealed 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 said they'll notice she's 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 was 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 Lord Chancellor of the Great British Empire.
Naruhodō also remembers Jezail Brett, the woman who framed him for the murder of John Watson. But Susato revealed that the intelligence agency of Japan found out that no one in England was 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 was so scared she started to cry, Naruhodō decided 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 was glad for Susato telling all this, it was time for her and Naruhodō to investigate this case, he heard about the wax case form Iris. They needed to investigate Enoch Drebber, that science and magic swindler. Iris wasn't coming along, there's a market on Princeton Street.
"Interviewing Dobinbough Again"[edit | edit source]
In the Gaol, Benjamin Dobinbough was 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 said not to worry about protecting his research, the equations were his autobiography through his fate. He needed 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 said 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 said 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 had 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 said it's work better than perfume. Dobinbough does have his business card but all it said was Drebber's name and occupation, but they still borrow it.
"Meeting up with Vortex"[edit | edit source]
Back at Hart Vortex's office, the chief justice was talking with a woman in white. The notice the two, he compliments them on the trial but the government was 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 had to go and does so. Vortex said 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 was really important for the police of London, Vortex was planning this for a year. After the upcoming opening of the symposium, Vortex will become Lord Chancellor and will get rid all defendants who use illegal methods to get free to protect London. Sithe was 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 thought of Yūjin's reason to leave Japan. 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 was actually the ghost of his brother, Klimt, attached to him. Naruhodō asked permission for investigating Dobinbough's device and Vortex allowed it, he had to go to his next security meeting.
"Visiting the Forensic's Medical Lab"[edit | edit source]
In Dr. Sithe's lab she was not here, Naruhodō had this feeling in here like a curse where his eyes sting. They decide to look around, Susato was 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 had one of them too, but Naruhodō was just going to think it's food. The medicine bottles say poison and some of them were salt and peppers shakers, Sithe must also live here. The bank ledger on the desk seems to be for the Scientific Investigation Unit, it said 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 was angry that the two were 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 was new to England. Sithe can't draw conclusions that the teleportation actually worked, Naruhodō was very confused. Just then, a girl wearing some sort of plague mask arrives, she was 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 | edit source]
Back at the World's Fair, Gina Lestrade was seen 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 was surprised that she became a detective, Gregson said 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 was 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 were lying. Lestrade had always been lying in trials until this one. Gregson kept 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 said she might have him as a boss instead. Toby was an assistant detective appointed by her, they're already considering police dogs in Germany. Toby was 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 said 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 | edit source]
Susato was amazed at the looks of the teleporting magic trick device. van Zieks was 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 said. Naruhodō had 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 was getting added as a figure next month. He was actually very surprised that the figure stolen was of the Professor.
Regarding Enoch Drebber, the police were 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 was surprised that Barok was actually co-operating with them, so they neededed 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 was Kazuma Asōgi. The Masked Disciple leaves and van Zieks demanded to know what was 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 was all bent out of shape from the explosion, the floor looked like it can open up and have the cage hidden down there. The empty cage was made of sturdy cypress wood. If Asōgi was alive then Holmes lied to them, they needed to confront him about it. Van Zieks said 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 | edit source]
Susato was terrified of the Chambers of Horrors until she notices Sherlock Holmes pretending to be a wax figure. Connette Rozaic arrives, the Professor sculpture had returned and the case was solved. She leaves after telling them not to disturb the wax figure. The curtain was still closed, the special exhibit requires a fee. Naruhodō never thought that the policeman that was here yesterday was a juror, Susato said the world was smaller than she thought. Susato had decided to use the Susato toss and other moves to attack a serial killer sculpture. Holmes started dancing behind Susato's back and surprises her, she fainted!
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 said he just failed to notice, while Naruhodō said that would've worked with the sailors but not for Holmes. The detective said 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 revealed that he took the figure back and was behind the curtain. For five shillings, he'll let them see it which he said they really should. Reluctantly, Susato pays and they go behind the curtain.
"The Special Exhibit"[edit | edit source]
Inside was a headless figure rising from his own grave, a grave robber was watching him. The missing head was what Holmes meant when he said the case was "mostly" solved. The Professor looked 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 was also frightening as well. The camera around his neck was 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 was actually Enoch Drebber!
Holmes suddenly appeared confirming that he's the man they're searching for. The package the kidnapper sent did not have the head with the wax figure, Holmes wanted this a secret from Connette Rozaic. The museum had events that actually occurred, but Susato didn't understand how it was possible for someone to rise from their own grave. It was there that Holmes decided to tell them more about the case a decade ago.
Holmes revealed that the Professor used a giant hound to tear the throats out of his victims. His trial was conducted in absolute secrecy and his identity was never made public. They were executed via hanging and buried in Lowgate Cemetery right behind the prison, but they somehow rose again and dug out of their grave. The wax exhibit was a recreation of the scene based on Drebber's eyewitness description. He looked twenty and was in a state of madness when he reported the police, Holmes said 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 wondered 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 arrived, she had found Drebber's factory thanks to the nose of Toby. Gregson was already on his way there, Lestrade gave them the address he wrote. After she left, Holmes was depressed and wanted them to pretend he's a wax figure. So the two invite him to come along. After complaining about money regarding Rozaic and Iris, Holmes quickly called a carriage.
"Meeting Enoch Drebber"[edit | edit source]
In the factory, there was a prototype of the hyper electric instantaneous teleportation invention. Lestrade and Gregson with a sour face were there, but still no sign of Enoch Drebber. The Scientific Investigation Unit would be there any minute, so they better investigate fast. There was 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 were poking their head into the machine despite the protection of science and technology law. There was also a quiver of Western made arrows for a crossbow like the one at the crime scene. The door was 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 was the sound of someone escaping! Holmes decided to successfully unlock the door in a matter of nanoseconds.
Inside, the room was a complete mess but nobody was here. There was only one door and the skylights were too high, but there were 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 was also a small hot air balloon. On the floor was what everyone horrifyingly realizes was a time bomb, except Naruhodō. Holmes said it wasn't a time bomb, but it caused what happened here, with the conclusions of Drebber causing the state of the room and the "bomb" was the real deal. Holmes will now perform his famous deduction, while Susato will stand close by and watch.
Sherlock Holmes said the room looked like it was lifted from the ceiling and dropped on the floor. So he said gravity was reversed in the room then returned to to normal! The "bomb" was the device that reversed gravity, the clock on it was a timer to when the gravity will be restored. The noise from earlier was the restoration, Holmes concludes that Drebber made the invention. Now regarding Drebber himself, Holmes noted the footprints on the ceiling next to a skylight. He said he Drebber 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 was by far Sherlock Holmes' most insane deduction yet, he even said that reversed gravity was improbable. But he had a saying: "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.", Iris came up with it. Susato objected that the rope wasn't currently tied to the pillar, she told Naruhodō to help correct Holmes' deductions.
There was a vase with flowers still upright, a nearby safe on the other hand was bolted down to the floor, so gravity wasn't reversed, upsetting Holmes. Someone must have flipped all the furniture over by themselves, there was Safe: 432582 written under the chair. Maybe it's the combination to the safe in the room that Drebber was searching for. There were more footprints and a shoe on the hot air balloon, it seems that someone was throwing the shoe at it. They remembered 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 was inside it. The two decided to use the crossbow, it popped and a wax head with a metal mask falls from it, it must belong to the headless wax Professor! Drebber was the one responsible for Connette Rozaic's theft, there was now a connection between that case and Dobinbough's experiment. If Drebber didn't escape through the skylight he must still be in the room, Naruhodō realizes that the only place he can be was the safe. The noise must have been the safe closing.
Holmes told 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 was disarmed, or else they'll die! Holmes managed to disarm the bomb with seven seconds remaining but everyone was 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 was of the Professor's, the metal mask was to his identity and the lock was really strong, so he just thought he'd hold onto it. Suddenly, Courtney Sithe appears with the Scientific Investigation Unit and she demanded them to leave. Holmes and Sithe know each other but she demanded 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 laughed saying they just disarmed that one. Meanwhile, another time bomb within Dobinbough's invention back at the World's fair exploded, with two police officers around it!
Trial, Day 2[edit | edit source]
Before the trial[edit | edit source]
- 9:11 AM
Benjamin Dobinbough was 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 was about to begin, Naruhodō will be focused on only the truth despite sensing that he will face something huge.
Opening[edit | edit source]
- 9:30 AM
The trial reconvenes, the Masked Disciple was with Barok van Zieks due to it being a complicated trial for the prosecutor and Susato Mikotoba was now with Naruhodō. The jurors were asked to prepare. Juror 1 was 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 said 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 said 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 | edit source]
Enoch Drebber took the stand, however he wasn't really sure about his occupation, yet the jurors find him familiar due to his monocle. Drebber was currently being investigated for kidnapping that wax figure but he said that had nothing to do with the trial. He had heard about the experiment at the World Fair, but he only built the device according to Dobinbough's blueprints. He said the device was teleportation and 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 was proof that Drebber was a legitimate scientist at some point. Drebber was 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 revealed 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 was 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 said there were two large contradictions in Naruhodō's argument. The first one was 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 had no motive to kill Elyder Meningen. Then the prosecutor produced a contract between Drebber and Meningen. It said the engineer was entitled to thirty percent of any research assistance funds provided by the government, one condition was that they both had to be alive. In other words, the contract was void if either Drebber or Meningen die. This situation was dire but Naruhodō thought of something, they now know that there were two cages, so the same could apply for the culprit. Drebber couldn't have done this alone, but he may have had an accomplice that swapped the two cages. Van Zieks was proposing a big penalty if Naruhodō was wrong about this. Since the coroners said that the cages weren't swapped, he thought the only one who could've fooled the medical examiners was Courtney Sithe. But Naruhodō was afraid that if he named her as the accomplice, he'd become the enemy of everyone in the courtroom, but Susato was sure that he'll be fine. The investigation was only done by the Scientific Investigation Unit, Naruhodō remembered 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.
However, there's still the question of what was substituted for the victim, it was the Professor wax figure! A few days around the time of the murder, Drebber stole that wax figure from Madame Rozaic, the reason why was to use it as a body double, the figure was in in the courtroom right now. Van Zieks asked the jury for their thoughts on Naruhodō's theory, and they all voted guilty for Dobinbough, it prompted Naruhodō to do a closing argument.
"Closing Argument"[edit | edit source]
Juror 6 said he's known Sithe for ages so she couldn't possibly co-operate with a criminal, 1 agreed, 2 didn't think the coroner had anything to do with the wax figure, 3 agreed saying he saw the police didn't trust it, 4 said they don't know for sure if the wax figure was inside the cage, and 5 said that Naruhodō was saying stuff without proof. The judge saw the figure as the final sticking point. Upon pressing Juror 3, he said 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 twirled his gun around, he was not the murderous Officer Ottermole nor looked anything like him. The policeman said that back in his days, the policemen fought hard to gain the citizens trust and they respected them for it. He and van Zieks revealed that Sithe's maiden name was Simon. Courtney Simon was the name signed on the Professor's autopsy report, it was on June 17th at midnight, this proved so she does have a relationship to the stolen wax figure. Presenting this to romantic Juror 2 causes herself and 6 to vote not guilty. Regarding Juror 4's statement, he thought a wax figure should look more like Meningen for the trick, he wanted evidence that said otherwise. Naruhodō presented the glass shard that was found in the figure, now that Juror 5 had seen evidence and got presented 4's statement, they both changed their votes allowing the trial to continue.
It seemed that they needed to investigate the wax figure to find the connection between Drebber and Sithe. Barok van Zieks decided they needed to hear from its owner, he was calling Connette Rozaic to the stand. Naruhodō was surprised that he wasn't raising an objection, but he warns the defense he had the seal that had never been broken.
Recess[edit | edit source]
- 11:53 AM
During a forty-five minute recess, Holmes was 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 were 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 said that will be difficult. Van Zieks won't be calling her as a witness and Hart Vortex forbade it, the seal was on the Professor. Susato thinks she was a coward for just running away but Sithe said she had 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 | edit source]
- 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 was currently waiting in the witness lounge, the bailiff was off to fetch him. Naruhodō was ready for the next phase of the trial, he needed to prove Sithe as an accomplice to Drebber by using the wax figure.
Connette Rozaic took the stand, she's currently working on her next mold: Sherlock Holmes. Barok van Zieks confirmed with her that one wax figure was stolen from her museum, she said she was demanded a ransom for it. She's heard about the situation, upon being shown a picture of the victim, she agreed that he looks totally different from that Professor figure. Naruhodō argued that they can't see his face, Rozaic said that you can only open the Professor figure's mask with the key she has, but doing this was forbidden. The Professor's true identity was a national secret, but a rule of the Rozaic family creed was they have to perfectly replicate the people they sculpt in wax.
In her testimony, she said 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 was extremely surprised that Rozaic actually saw the Professor's face, but she agreed 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 an eyewitness account. Rozaic doesn't know why the wax figure kidnapped was the Professor. When regarding the unexpected complications, Rozaic said 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, that means a corpse's limbs begin stiffen three hours after death, the body was completely stiff after ten hours and will go slack again after that. She doesn't really remember the time but said the corpse was quite rigid, so the judge deduced that it would've been about 4:40 am, around dawn. But's the Professor was pronounced dead at midnight by Dr. Sithe, 4 AM was more than three hours after that, so Rigor Mortis should have begun. Since Rozaic doesn't seem to be lying, that means the autopsy report was wrong and the Professor hadn't been executed at that time!
The judge and half of the jury were surprised, but van Zieks said the Professor definitely died that night. Naruhodō agreed but suggested that it was not due to execution. He showed Rozaic's newspaper, he said that after the Professor rose from his grave, he was killed again. Van Zieks thought of it as gossip, but that story was based on an eyewitness account, and that eyewitness grave robber just happened to be a twenty-five year old Enoch Drebber. Madame Rozaic knew him from a while back, she gave him five pounds to sculpt his face after reading an article. Ten years ago, Drebber witnessed that horrifying sight leading to rumors in the newspapers, but most had the eyewitness unnamed, except one: The Daily Circus. It said Drebber was living at London University and studying science as a great student. So the condemned prisoner that Sithe pronounced dead was actually alive, then Drebber saw them 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 demanded her to testify and van Zieks actually allowed it despite Vortex saying it was forbidden.
"Cross-examining Courtney Sithe with Drebber and Rozaic"[edit | edit source]
Courtney Sithe was at the stand with both Rozaic and Drebber. Naruhodō recapped his theory to the court of Drebber and Sithe were able to pull off the crime by co-operating. Sithe asked for concrete proof, he didn't have it yet but he did have one important clue: the wax figure. She said she saw and confirmed his death, but Naruhodō said the newspaper claimed 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 said Drebber used that to potentially blackmail Sithe into helping him. The gallery seemed to remember him from the university, but Drebber just laughed.
In his testimony, Drebber said 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 said 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 said there's no way a dead body can rise from the grave and said the newspaper article was made-up rubbish. If the article was false, then Naruhodō couldn't prove the cooperation between the two. Drebber's side job was grave robbing the cemetery was right behind the prison, he enjoyed digging out bodies and selling them like several of his fellow students. The Daily Circus printing his name in the paper caused the university to find out about his little "side business" and expel him. The Daily Circus asked around at the university dorms and somehow managed to get his name. About the photo, he claimed 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 said there's one more thing: she also bought something from him. Drebber didn't remember, Rozaic said it was a camera, and the same one on Drebber's wax figure at the museum. Drebber always carried that camera to record information about the graves he robbed, but he sold it because he had no intention of returning to the cemetery.
Naruhodō could tell from the mask in the newspaper picture that it's clearly the Professor he saw that night. Enoch Drebber claimed 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 was saying was true, that would mean one of his fellow grave-robbers was shot by a grave keeper, why wasn't that a known incident? Drebber said 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 said Drebber said blood splattered onto him after the Professor collapsed. Drebber tries to deny it but inside the camera was a bloodstain, it was presented but van Zieks said that since there was a coroner here we should ask her opinion. But Sithe said 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 was 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 said if Naruhodō was saying the Professor was shot in the graveyard that night, then who shot him? Susato said 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 was 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 had something in common with the contract, the signature at the bottom of the picture read E. Meningen, it was exactly the same on the contract! Elyder Meningen used to be a journalist for the Daily Circus, his skills of connection was how he got to be leader of that criminal organization, he was the same one who interviewed Drebber as well as wrote and drew the article. It ruined Drebber's life by exposing him as a grave robber, he then fell down. But then Drebber assured the court that he quit London university on his own since he never considered himself a scientific genius anyway, but Naruhodō revealed he still kept his Royal Science Award trophy at his factory.
Enoch Drebber slammed his fists on the stand like he was going to break, but Courtney Sithe suddenly yelled "Hold it!". She admits to cooperating with Drebber's murder plot in order to protect her decade old secret. Van Zieks was surprised at what she just said but she said it was the whole truth.
"Sithe's Role as an Accomplice"[edit | edit source]
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 said now that the truth of the botched execution from ten years ago had come to light there's no reason for her to hide anything anymore, she's already finished either way.
A frustrated Enoch Drebber said he's not confessing since the machine blew up, Naruhodō was very surprised that he's still not giving up, but Sithe leaves the rest to Barok van Zieks. The judge said this trial was about Benjamin Dobinbough, Drebber's guilt doesn't needed 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 was 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 said that he needed to figure out every last spec 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 said 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 was top secret, she had to protect it. Sithe only had the location wrong on the autopsy of Meningen. She said 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 was necessary but Naruhodō does it anyway.
Sithe said 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 was 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 said 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 was 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 said she had no motive to kill that crime syndicate leader. Yet, Naruhodō and Susato found a ledger in her lab. It said every month she buys medical supplies and drugs, but she buys five hundred scalpels. Naruhodō wonders why she'd needed 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 slammed the stand with one fist, yet remained calm. She said he didn't understand how long they spent protecting this.
Enoch Drebber had to confess now, the defense and prosecution demanded him to. Drebber admitted that he was proud of the trick he made at the World Fair. He said he couldn't endure how that newspaper had ruined his life any longer. He stole the wax figure 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 and, having forgotten about him, offered him a job as a technician. Drebber saw on the paper Meningen was holding about how Sithe was appointed head of the Scientific Investigation Unit. That's when he thought of his plan to get revenge on him, and to manipulate Scotland Yard into helping him so he can put them through the same humiliation he went through. Naruhodō called him out as a hypocrite since his plan would've stolen Dobinbough's future if it succeeded.
Courtney Sithe and Enoch Drebber would be put to trial at a later date. Benjamin Dobinbough said he didn't deserve to be called a genius but van Zieks told him he's different from Drebber and Sithe. Jurors 1 and 2 had no objections for an innocent verdict, 3 said this trial had given him a lot to think about, 4 said scientific thinking was everything, 5 was surprised that the trial was over already, and 6 wondered what was going to happen to Yard. The judge finally gave the defendant his not guilty verdict.
Aftermath, Part 2[edit | edit source]
- 4:33 PM
Dobinbough thanked Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and Susato Mikotoba for defending him and apologized for only thinking about his research. He game them a book with his thesis statement, he was thinking about taking a holiday in London and go to the World Fair. Barok van Zieks suddenly arrived saying he can't allow that, he said only him and Naruhodō could've handled this trial. Van Zieks told 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 Sōseki Natsume, Naruhodō suggested that maybe the curse doesn't work on foreigners. But van Zieks was still sending Dobinbough to Germany anyway, just to be safe. Dobinbough said they can visit him in Germany when things calmed down and then he left, then van Zieks told the two meet him in the courtroom in ten minutes.
- 4:58 PM
Inside, the prosecutor asked Naruhodō if he's proud with his defense win, he said yes. Then Barok van Zieks asked why he thought he hates Japanese, Naruhodō admitted he thought he just didn't like him at first but now he thought there's something that caused it. Van Zieks said it's because of the Professor and Susato remembered that he killed Barok's older brother, Klimt. Barok explained that sixteen years ago, when he was a teenager, Klimt was already the chief prosecutor. He 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 remembered that one of them was her father, Barok remembered 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. 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 understood that he's been hiding among them to avoid capture. Barok wondered why the culprit was kept secret, maybe because it would upset Japan and Britain's relationship when the treaty was just being negotiated, possibly even leading to a war.
Van Zieks decided that the time had come to reveal the Professor's face. He revealed that he borrowed the key to the mask from Connette Rozaic, he unlocks it and Naruhodō and Susato were extremely surprised to find out that the man responsible for the worst incident in British history was Japanese. What's more, Susato said the man's face looked familiar. Suddenly, the Masked Disciple screamed clutching his head. He removed his cloak, called the man his father, and took off his own mask revealing himself to indeed be Kazuma Asōgi! He had finally regained his memories, Naruhodō knew his best friend was alive, and Susato cried tears of joy. Asōgi thanked them for guiding him and Naruhodō gave him his "Karuma" sword which he received after his friend's "death". But Naruhodō couldn't believe that the Professor's identity, Asōgi took "Karuma" and sliced the wax sculpture. Then he said he had a lot to tell Naruhodō but he would do so another time.
Naruhodō didn't understand why Hart Vortex made Asōgi Barok's apprentice. Barok van Zieks said that despite the Professor's trial and execution, this case still wasn't over. Also, Vortex was involved in this somehow, he left the courtroom with that. Susato sadly said 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 son older than her. The boy was going to study to become a defense attorney for his father, so she decided to assist Kazuma Asōgi as an aide, that's how they met. Naruhodō said 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 | edit source]
- Ryūnosuke Naruhodō said playing that telegram to the court was a fatal mistake for him. This was similar to his descendant who unknowingly presented forged evidence.
- On the newspaper in the beginning of the episode there was 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 was 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. Later, when examing the trowel in the hand of the wax sculpture of Enoch Drebber, Naruhodō and Susato have a variation of the conversation.
- The old man who tried to steal John Clay's arm was Juror No. 1 from The Adventure of the Runaway Room.
- Naruhodō was forced to make a "sadistic choice" like in Farewell, My Turnabout.
References to popular culture[edit | edit source]
- There were multiple historical events featured in this episode, which have incongrous historical placement:
- 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.
- The newspaper shown in the case mentions the Krakatoa Eruption, which was an actual event in which the volcano on the island of Krakatoa erupted, resulting one of the biggest recorded explosions in human history. However, the real event happened in 1883, not in 1990. Adding to this, the placement of the event in the newspaper was likely meant to be a joke, as the Krakotoa eruption was such a big deal at the time that it became one of the first global media frenzies, thus the absurdity of it being neglected to an insignificant headline.
- The same newspaper also mentions The Great Stink of 1858 in which in the rancid smell of human feces and industral waste heavily permeated all of Central London through the summer; the joke was likely meant to be similiar to that of the above, with such a major event being neglected to a minor headline.
- When examining Barok van Zieks desk, Ryūnosuke Naruhodō mentions Tsumeshogi, the Japanese version of Chess.
- One of the wax figures was a serial killer name Jane the Ripper, similar to the unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper.
- "John Clay" was 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 was a reference to William Tell.
- When Holmes revealed himself to Susato, he said "Your friendly neighborhood" like Spider-Man
- Lowgate Cemetery was a parody of Highgate Cemetery.