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Barok van Zieks
...I trust no one. Not the police, not the judiciary, and not you Nipponese.

Episode 4: Twisted Karma and His Last Bow is the fourth episode of The Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve. Things take a shocking turn for Ryunosuke Naruhodo when a detective is suddenly killed during an investigation of a runaway husband and a scam group of people with red hair. The one arrested for the murder was someone who was never expected to be an actual Grim Reaper.

Crime[]

Pipe in hand, Sholmes looked down at the thick, rolling fog outside our window. 'I wonder exactly how many mysteries are out there, hidden within this bed of fog,' he said. Indeed, a most bizarre incident born of a curious advertisement...a hell-hound's mad gallop through the shadows of a serial murder, an executed man's graveyard resurrection in the dead of night...and a commonplace killing in a small, forgotten room at the edge of town... There is, naturally, always another side to every case of which most remain ignorant. 'And it is that "other side" which compels me to the scene of the crime, Wilson. So, quickly now. Take your hat and let's be on our way, my dear fellow. For our adventure is not over yet. Come! The game is afoot!'

Investigation - Day 1[]

10:24 AM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Susato Mikotoba were in the lobby of London's Great Waterloo Hotel. Susato was still sad about Asogi's father, she wondered if her own father knew about him, Naruhodo thought so due to them studying abroad together. He also knew that Kazuma Asogi vanished in Hong Kong, they wondered if he also knew about his alive presence in London. Yujin Mikotoba and Seishiro Jigoku arrived in the lobby, though Naruhodo had no idea who Jigoku was, until he produced his gavel and said "I find the defendant, Ryunosuke Naruhodo... guilty!" Jigoku said he's been receiving reports of his adventures and it's his first time in London in a decade due to the national symposium, they're just in time.

Naruhodo remembered that three people took part in the Japan-England exchange program sixteen years ago: Yujin, Asogi's father, and Judge Jigoku who was also the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs. Yujin received a telegram from Mael Stronghart about Naruhodo and Susato hearing the Professor Killings from the trial eight days ago. During their fifty day trip by ship on the same route the younger orientals took, they stopped by Paris, France for one night. Yujin said that sixteen years ago, Jigoku managed to gain the trust of the Lord Chancellor, he himself was just an afterthought but Jigoku said the forensic people loved him. Yet they're sad about losing their friend, his full name was Genshin Asogi and he was studying at Scotland Yard to be a detective. Jigoku also revealed that Kazuma couldn't have known what happened to him because his official cause of death was "illness". However, Kazuma probably suspected something, he was pretty adamant about wanting to study in Great Britain, he had no other relatives so Yujin looked after him as his own son. One day, at the professor's lounge of Imperial Yumei University, he said he needed to study in Great Britain no matter what. Perhaps the real reason for that was to investigate his father's death.

Naruhodo told them that Kazuma Asogi was alive, currently working as Barok van Zieks' "apprentice", and originally had amnesia. Neither of them knew this, all they knew was that Asogi "disappeared" on the ship a year ago. Yujin revealed they sent an agent to search for him in Hong Kong but there were no leads, he wondered why Stronghart didn't tell them.

Japanese people visiting England.

Yujin was the top student of forensic pathology at Yumei University at the time. In order to study British forensic pathology, he went to a large hospital located just beyond a graveyard which was behind a prison. Those corpses used in autopsy research were often unclaimed, so at that time Yujin received quite a lot of assistance from Mr. Caidin, the chief officer. Six years later, Genshin was arrested for the serial murders. Jigoku stood as a witness in Genshin's secret trial, hoping to help him somehow. According to Yujin, he overdid it and became a defendant himself. After the trial ended both of them had to return home to Japan, leaving Genshin Asogi behind. Yujin thanked Naruhodo for looking after Susato. He was very grateful for when Susato was born, but he was also in great despair at the time, that's why Jigoku forced him to come along to Great Britain. Yujin told Naruhodo he had "one request" of him, but Susato interrupted them by bringing a bellboy to do a group photo of all four of them.

Back with Herlock Sholmes[]

In Herlock Sholmes' flat, two red-headed men were screaming and sobbing. Gina Lestrade was just about to lead them both to the police station. One tried to comfort the other other and stop him from looking pathetic but the other one knew he was scared. Sholmes came in with red hair, he offered some tea and they were about to have a guest. Those two gentlemen were petty crooks, when they tried to con Sholmes he handed them over to Lestrade when they got home, he couldn't get a hold on Tobias Gregson. After spending all the money from Esmeralda Tusspells, Sholmes found a new way to pay the month's rent two days ago, that's why his hair was red. Regarding the lie about Kazuma Asogi's false death, Sholmes revealed that he was unconscious, amnesia was a side effect. The crew of the SS Burya knew about this as well, Sholmes made them promise to say he was a victim of murder and to leave his body in Hong Kong. He didn't want to talk about it anymore now, but even he didn't expect Asogi to vanish at Hong Kong.

On the couch was a copy of last week's newspaper. A want ad for something called the red-headed league was circled in red ink. When presented to Sholmes, he revealed that it was supposed to help pay the rent, it was an impressive organization run by a certain group. People had to have red hair to join, they get a salary of four pounds a week. But Sholmes said one of the members died recently, he tried apply but they immediately recognized the great detective after he waited eight hours in line, they asked if he was there in disguise under investigation. Before leaving, he revealed that their guest will be an actual client for a case.

Meeting with Stronghart[]

At Mael Stronghart's office, Naruhodo and Susato saw van Zieks giving the Chief Justice the manuscript for an opening address of numerical values tomorrow. Stronghart noticed the two, he heard about Yujin arrival and sent van Zieks to the meeting hall. Naruhodo apologized for exposing Courtney Sithe but Stronghart didn't blame him for what she did. The scientific investigation unit was going to be a department of the yard, but now it would be a while before another consideration due to Dr. Sithe's arrest, the public now hated the unit. However, the London's Great Exhibition had thirty million visitors, the international scientific investigation symposium would be held at the central hall on those grounds. Stronghart said he was destined to be Lord Chancellor and fix the police force.

When asked why Asogi was chosen to be van Zieks' apprentice, Stronghart explained that three months ago an unknown oriental person appeared. He didn't have a passport, memories, or any clues to identity. He was given a mask because it would be "troublesome" to explain why van Zieks was working with an Asian. Currently, Stronghart had no idea where Asogi was, other than that he left London. His father, Genshin, was one they'd never expected to be a serial killer. The public of London and Japan never found out about the incident, this was done to avoid worsening the their relations. However, Stronghart said some actually supported the Professor because most of the nobles he killed were corrupted and society improved after their deaths. Susato found the Professor similar to the Grim Reaper of the Old Bailey.

Sholmes' new client[]

Daley Vigil, Evie's missing husband.

Returning to Sholmes' flat, the doorbell rang. The client wanted them to find her missing husband, Sholmes does not really like those cases but didn't want her to know that. Her name was Evie Vigil, she noticed Naruhodo and Susato, she originally wanted this to be private. Naruhodo remembered her as the same woman who was Juror No. 2 from Albert Harebrayne's trial, Vigil remembered him as well. Her husband's full name was Daley Vigil, she showed them a photograph of him. They have been married for fifteen years, he made a decent income and Sholmes could tell. Daley loved Evie dearly, Sholmes thought he must've gotten in some sort of incident. Daley was chief jailer of the Barclay Prison, he was in charge of the execution of the criminals, sometimes he had to lodge for two days. There's was cemetery behind it named Lowgate cemetery, much to Naruhodo's shock. Daley had been missing since yesterday, it's not unusual for him to leave for a few days but this time he never told Evie about leaving. The police just told her to wait longer since it was just a day. Despite agreeing with the police, Sholmes agreed to find Daley Vigil. He claimed it was to make Evie happy, not motived by this month's rent.

Sholmes promised to give more information for her the next day and borrowed the photo, Evie was counting on him and left. But Sholmes was just hoping for good news, because the rent was due the next day. Naruhodo remembered Lowgate and Barclay from Enoch Drebber, they held the Professor. It was really curious that the chief jailer has vanished, Sholmes told them to go to the chief officer, he needed to get rid of his red hair.

Barclay Prison[]

Barclay Prison.

Barclay Prison was outside of London, Lowgate cemetery was back-to-back. Naruhodo and Susato requested a meeting with the chief officer, they were let into his office in the watch tower. There was a big, burly guy inside named Barry Caidin. He refused to tell them anything about prison matters due to them being Japanese and wanted them to leave. Naruhodo and Susato realized that this was probably because of Genshin Asogi. Caidin thought the two were his spies, he threatened to lock them up if they didn't leave. Susato remembered that her father said the name Caidin.

At the Great Waterloo Hotel, Yujin Mikotoba was reading a newspaper. Seishiro Jigoku went to exchange greetings with the department of justice. Naruhodo and Susato told him about what happened with Caidin, Yujin couldn't come with them since he was busy with preparations for tomorrow. But he wrote a letter of introduction for Caidin to talk to them.

When Caidin saw the letter, he recognized Yujin and was surprised that Susato was his daughter, even offereing coffee and biscuits. They mentioned that Daley Vigil was missing, but Caidin didn't know about that. He said Vigil retired from his job about a decade ago when the Professor was held here. Evie wasn't aware about this and wondered where could he be getting all his money. Vigil was actually fired, his duty was to prepare the cells and matters of the executions. But Caidin couldn't say what caused him to lose his job. Susato asked if the Professor's execution was the last one Vigil checked over but Caidin refused to say anything. Regarding Yujin, Caidin said that St. Synner's Hospital was located near the cemetery, he always came to the prison to get pick ups for his forensic studies. Caidin couldn't understand the Japanese despite Yujin, that was all he could say. He gave them a copy of Vigil's decade old dismissal notice as a souvenir. He didn't want them to come back, they decided to return to Baker Street.

A shocking victim & culprit[]

Iris Wilson greeted the two with scones, Herlock Sholmes' hair was now blue, splashing chemicals was not a good idea. Before the two could reveal anything, Gina Lestrade came with the most dreadful news: Tobias Gregson was shot and killed! Everyone was utterly shocked, the crime scene was a small room for rent just off Fresno Street. Even more shocking was that that the one that was arrested was the Grim Reaper, Barok van Zieks! They heard a gunshot, and when the witness arrived only Gregson and van Zieks were in the room. Sholmes couldn't believe Gregson was dead either, he went ahead to investigate and he left van Zieks to Naruhodo and Susato, Iris called them a carriage.

Fresno Street Apartment[]

The crime scene was a cheap, dusty room in a lodging house outside of London, the back alley had little foot trapping. The police investigation has begun but Sholmes wasn't there, Gina Lestrade was angry that they weren't investigating hard enough. She said Sholmes had appeared, messed up the crime scene, and left like the wind. Lestrade didn't think Naruhodo should defend van Zieks, but Susato assured her that the judicial system would just him, so Lestrade allowed them to investigate.

A mysterious photograph.

The fireplace had a lot of dust, but on the desk was a picture of a younger Evie Vigil, the woman from earlier. There was a large partitioning board with papers all over it, one of them said "Daley Vigil", others were autopsy reports and inmates in prison, things only a detective could get their hands on. There were newspapers as well, one of them has an ad for the red-headed league. A real pistol was on the floor, it was probably the murder weapon. There was also a bright red wig and a little figurine of a police officer with a key-like rod coming out of its foot when its head was twisted. Due to the outline and blood, Gregson apparently died curled up. One of the candles on the holder nearby was black like it was blown off with gunpowder, the windows were also boarded up after they broke.

Gina Lestrade said that Detective Gregson respected van Zieks because everyone fears him as the Grim Reaper. The room was rented by someone named Hugh Boone but no one knew who he was. Susato thought Boone may be Gregson because of his private investigations, this might be his secret base, the Yard was actually assuming that too. Gregson was only shot once with the pistol, the bullet went through the candle. Everyone said the pistol belonged to van Zieks, some vendors outdoor heard the gunshot, they were taken to the Yard for questioning.

Interviewing the Reaper[]

Barok van Zieks was reading something in his prison cell, he didn't want to see Naruhodo. Susato said they owe a lot to Gregson and wanted the prosecutor to cooperate. Van Zieks was reading a letter from Albert Harebrayne. After hearing what the two already know he refused to give any information, he didn't really know what happened because the police arrested him before he could investigate. He wouldn't tell what he was doing in the room in the first place because they aren't his lawyer. He hadn't decided on a lawyer, none wanted to be involved with the Grim Reaper trial because in van Zieks' career, nineteen defendants received not guilty verdicts and sixteen of them died. Harebrayne safely arrived at Germany, he should be out of reach of the Reaper like Soseki Natsume. Naruhodo knew van Zieks wouldn't kill anyone, van Zieks thanked him but he didn't believe in anyone, especially the Japanese.

The Prosecutor[]

Back in Mael Stronghart's office, the Chief Justice was talking to Kazuma Asogi who just arrived on the train. Stronghart knew that the two heard about van Zieks killing Gregson, he just believed in the facts which point towards the prosecutor. The scientific investigation symposium starts tomorrow, Stronghart wanted a swift and fair trial that day. He also introduces them to Asogi but they already know who he is, he was the prosecutor! Everyone in Great Britain wanted to know the outcome of this trial and the secret about the Grim Reaper curse. Asogi was a skilled lawyer on both defense and prosecution sides, he'll just use his defending skills on the opposite bench. He request the prosecution himself, Naruhodo will understand why tomorrow. But van Zieks has rejected all defense attorney, but since he was the pride of the whole empire the public shouldn't witness his judgement. The pistol that killed Gregson was issued to those involved with the police, including the prosecutors. Van Zieks lost his pistol, he was suspicious but there was no proof.

Barok, Klint, & Gregson.

Kazuma Asogi has regained all his memories, including his mission in London. He's been hearing a voice all year to go to the empire. He was guided by the voice and ended up here. But Asogi has lost other things, he can't be on close terms with Naruhodo anymore due to being a prosecutor. Stronghart was sure tomorrow's trial will go down in history. Before the leave, Asogi said he was grateful to Naruhodo for taking his mission to heart and fulfilled his role splendidly. Asogi wanted Naruhodo to be the defense, he gives him an old photo of Barok, Klint, and Gregson all happy, it was in Gregson's office. They have to hurry before the visiting hours end.

Interviewing the Reaper again[]

Barok van Zieks was now reading case files, he was insulted by Naruhodo's comment. He was surprised that Asogi was the prosecutor, he allowed the two to speak to him. Barok's brother, Klint, was killed ten years ago by Asogi's father, Genshin. Now he thinks he son will pull off a Kangaroo court. Susato wonders about Stronghart's intentions where Asogi just got his memories back. Van Zieks became a prosecutor around Klint's death, he was the Chief prosecutor at the time on the trail of the Professor. Genshin was working with him, he was hiding behind nobility. Van Zieks was robbed of his brother, his old friend, and his belief in justice. He begged to be the prosecutor in charge to avenge to his brother. The original prosecutor was Mael Stronghart who was outstanding, he was the only one van Zieks could call a benefactor. But then Naruhodo and Susato came along and pull of their defending skills. Naruhodo knew about his hatred towards Japanese since their first trial, he can't blame that emotion for the reason.

Kazuma Asogi probably wanted revenge on van Zieks for what he did to his father. He also didn't understand why English Tobias Gregson would be transferred to the police of France at all. He's legendary because he figured out the Professor's identity by discovering evidence after he insisted an autopsy report on Klint. Back then, autopsies were rarely performed due to being considered discretion to the dead, and Klint was an aristocrat. But Gregson swayed the house of lords and van Zieks avenged his brother, but the prosecutor didn't trust anyone. The pistol was not his, van Zieks didn't know when he lost it. He got it when he was a prosecutor but when he put it away somewhere it vanished. When showed the photograph, van Zieks revealed that it was taken he received his letter of appointment as a prosecutor, the person on the left was indeed Klint van Zieks. He was surprised that Gregson may have actually respected him. Now van Zieks remembered that the photo was when they were happier together back then. He said Naruhodo's name for the first time and actually accepts him as a defense attorney seeing him as someone he can actually trust.

Trial[]

Before the trial[]

8:56 AM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo was feeling more overwhelmed then usual, probably from Barok van Zieks. Today's trial will be different from normal, there won't be a jury, just like the Professor's trial. Herlock Sholmes arrived with his hair back to normal, but it was really hard for him to do that. He has a conversation with van Zieks, he said the prosecutor has a taste in defense attorneys and he'd better be prepared. Gina Lestrade and Yujin Mikotoba suddenly arrive, the symposium has postponed so they came to watch the trial. Lestrade holds a grudge against van Zieks but Naruhodo didn't think that's what happened, she wanted to know who really killed Gregson. It's time for the trial to start, so many people lost their loved ones, Naruhodo must bring light to this darkness.

Opening[]

9:20 AM

The judge announces the opening of the trial, Naruhodo and Kazuma Asogi are ready, they are both Japanese in the English court. Grim Reaper van Zieks was the defendant, so maybe his curse will finally be revealed. The trial was top secret by orders of the queen, all the people in the gallery are members of the nation's judicial system and there is no jury. Asogi gives the opening statement, he said he's here in London to prosecute this trial. On the first of November after 5 PM, on the back alley of Fresno street outside of London, Tobias Gregson was found in the room of an old apartment building. The witnesses who heard the gunshot all agreed that it was the defendant. Asogi shows the court a diagram of the crime scene, the bullet seemed to kill him instantly, it was a point blank range of a few inches. He not making assumptions with evidence. The crime scene was desolate, maybe Gregson was investigating a case. The witnesses saw the defendant holding the gun and he was arrested. Asogi was calling van Zieks to the stand as the first witness.

Cross-examining the defendant[]

Barok van Zieks takes the stand, he agreed that what was said was true. He will now testify why he was there and what he was doing. The judge expected him to be the defendant ever since he became the Grim Reaper. Van Zieks said he discovered the room when he was investigating Gregson. It was dark and he couldn't see, he turned around when he heard a gunshot and noticed the pistol. When he picked it up the door burst open and he heard a man scream, they he found Gregson's corpse before him. Asogi didn't believe that testimony despite being his former apprentice, he seems off today.

Van Zieks can't say why he was investigating Gregson, but he said he might have participated in a certain incident. He looked into his plans ahead of time at his yard at the office, the time he was killed and the location are marked. Infiltrating the office was a crime itself, Asogi isn't buying it. This was the first time he was ever there, the windows were boarded up preventing light barring a lamp of the desk, he couldn't search it because of the gunshot. Naruhodo suggested that the gunshot was outside but van Zieks smelled the gunpowder inside. The gun was stone cold when he picked it up and it didn't smell.

The man who screamed was one of the Fresno street vendors who selling their wares when they heard the gunshot, they were a match seller, an intelligence vendor, and an advertiser. They nearly broke down the door when they arrived, the man went to get the patrolman on Fresno street. Gregson just suddenly appeared in front of van Zieks, all he heard was the sound of the door bursting and that man's scream. He examined the body and it was definitely Gregson, but he didn't know how he was killed. Asogi said that the testimony was a big contradiction, one of the candles was longer meaning the other two were lit. Plus, the board at the crime scene had case records with the oldest one being ten years old, they were all cases lost by van Zieks where the defendants died. It must have been the Grim Reaper's hideout, Gregson must have been investigating the hideout, that's a motive. Van Zieks said that they are the fact, Asogi submits the board as evidence. Now, he will call new witnesses who saw the murder occur.

Cross-examining the Fresno Street vendors[]

Three people in strange clothes take the stand, one of them looked familiar. They are only called by nicknames, the one with the weird lip was "Gossip" who sells amusing topics to people along the street. Naruhodo was forced by Susato and the judge to buy a story regarding the birth of twins. The girl with the red hood was nicknamed "Venus", she sells fireworks recently to the school students. Naruhodo was forced to buy the Venus special fireworks as well. The last vendor was called "Sandwich", he didn't sell anything, instead he gives people information and directions. These three work together all day right outside the apartment building, they all saw the murder.

Tobias Gregson's corpse.

They say they saw the two enter the apartment building then heard a bang a minute later. "Sandwich" said loose-limbed people are light on their feet, "Gossip" arrived and found van Zieks holding the pistol and Gregson's corpse lying next to him, "Venus" ran to get an officer. "Gossip" knew van Zieks from the newspaper sketches, the apartment building was in bad shape and expensive so most of the rooms were vacant. The crime scene was the only room with a tenant: "Hugh Boone". During the cross-examination, "Gossip" said van Zieks entered after Gregson, the detective came fifteen minutes before the gunshot. The peddlers comment of his red hair, Asogi submits a photo of Gregson's corpse as evidence, it shows him wearing a red wig. The trunk he was carrying wasn't found at the crime scene. The candles lit the whole room, "Gossip" suddenly noticed van Zieks.

When he said he glared at the Grim Reaper, "Sandwich" turns his sign around very slowly. He said "Gossip" really fell on his hands and knees fear, "Gossip" reluctantly adds that he put his hand in a puddle of blood then smeared on the floor all by accident. Naruhodo and Susato find a bloody handprint on the bulletin board, Asogi said there were no handprints on the floor. When Naruhodo presented the bulletin board, "Gossip" recognizes it as his right hand. Naruhodo suggested that the board was tipped over, but Asogi said that it was by the door instead of near the body. Naruhodo admits that there was a contradiction in his claims, he said the hand was upside down meaning the board was moved after the murder when the police arrived.

Asogi demands to know who moved it, despite not knowing Naruhodo said the testimonies say the board was right next to the door on the other side. That explains how Gregson and the candles suddenly appeared, the door knocked the board down, van Zieks must be telling the truth. The judge asked for testimonies of what the witnesses did at the crime scene.

The moving bulletin board[]

They don't know anything about the board. "Gossip" said it must have been van Zieks', "Sandwich" adds that the fact that the gunshot killed Gregson didn't change anything. Asogi thinks they aren't so sure what happened at the crime scene, he also said only the defendant could've moved the board. When "Venus" said she was good at lying, "Sandwich" stroked his mustache and revealed she ran up the stairs after "Gossip". The judge would decide a punishment for her later, "Venus" said she just poked her head into the crime scene but then said she turned the place over a little and she moved the board! She also found an old watch, that's when Gina Lestrade suddenly takes the stand. She said it was a memorial present for Gregson from solving the Professor's killings, he had a habit of winding it every day. Lestrade tried to pickpocket it but he said only his life was more valuable that the watch. The glass inside was broken and the hands have stopped at five o'clock, when the gunshot rang out the crime scene.

Upon closely inspecting the watch, Naruhodo and Susato found a unique key hole at the bottom. The key in the policeman figurine matched it, but the watch starts working again after being wound, meaning it wasn't broken at the time of the murder, Gregson must've wound it the day before the murder and wouldn't have needed to do it again. The victim perished when the watch needed to be wound again! But Asogi said the coroner wouldn't have missed that, Susato revealed that the autopsy report didn't actually say the estimated time of death. Yet, the victim's blood wasn't dry yet, Susato suggested that it wasn't human blood. Naruhodo suggested that the witnesses might not have heard an actual gunshot. Remembering the fireworks he bought from "Venus", he said that they sound exactly like a gunshot and that a timer was used. One of the candles had gunpowder on them, so Naruhodo concluded that the fireworks were tied to it from the real culprit, when the flames melted through the wax they eventually lit the fuse. Naruhodo also revealed that the red hair the witnesses saw was just a wig.

Kazuma Asogi found this amusing despite being impressed with the defense. He said the pocket watch theory needed more investigating to find out what was Gregson doing the day before he was murdered. But the detective always worked alone and his cases are confidential. Susato and Naruhodo believed he was trying to track down the Red-Headed League, the wig was for undercover work. It's currently being investigated as a fraud operation, stealing the cash of all the London people with red hair, the two criminals were arrested yesterday. Naruhodo wanted them to testify as they should've encountered Gregson and there may be many more unknown incidents. So Asogi will bring in the league masterminds, there will be a half-hour intermission.

Recess[]

12:33 PM

Gina Lestrade and Herlock Sholmes are in the defendant lobby. They were quite surprised that Tobias Gregson died earlier than expected. They wonder why the time was left out on the autopsy report. Sholmes denied being gullible about the league, the two masterminds were the two redheads that were in Sholmes' room.

Cross-examining the Red-Headed League[]

1:00 PM

The two Red-Headed League leaders take the stand. The one with glasses was Fabien de Rousseau, he said he's a descendant of a powerful aristocratic family called the Rousseaus from Nice, France. The short, plump one was Peppino de Rossi, he claimed he's the third son of the Rossi family from Naples, Italy. They admitted they have great ideas but use bad ways, fraud being one of them, de Rossi called it a charming paradox. Apparently they were made fun of in school due to their red hair, that's why they made the league, the interview fee was five shillings. They would now testify about what they know about Tobias Gregson.

The Red-Headed League

In Lime Street park the other day, there were a thousand redheads, but the two don't remember seeing Gregson. So they have no connection to the victim, but wouldn't have been caught if it wasn't for de Rossi. The judge already had doubts and Asogi said that Gregson definitely had his notebook plans for the day before the incident, it said it was an undercover investigation for the league. The two interviewed all the people that came, they were told their name and address and received the payments, it took a whole day. But unless they had more specific information they couldn't remember Gregson like his mustache being a different color. Upon finding out he was a detective, de Rousseau still won't change his answer but de Rossi goes deep in thought. Despite de Rousseau's persistent of silence, de Rossi said that someone there was a detective! De Rousseau tried to lie and have de Rossi shut up but he kept confessing. De Rousseau was forced to admit it, but the detective's face didn't look anything like Gregson's, he had a younger face with sad eyes and a splendid jaw. He demanded proof of being a detective and he showed them his ID, the judge found that strange as there was no way a detective undercover would show that, so it must've been fake. But that man kept saying he was a detective so he was thrown out, de Rousseau had the fake ID now and presented it to the court.

When Naruhodo and Susato looked at it, it seemed like a very legit ID. In fact, it even has the symbol of the Scotland Yard, apparently it belonged to Tobias Gregson! Gina Lestrade confirmed this to indeed be the real deal from her late boss, he must've really been there undercover. Maybe there were some circumstances that kept him from reporting that it was stolen, like being murdered by that time, there's a chance he was murdered somewhere else. The two start crying, Lestrade demanded them to stop. They needed to tell the truth or there would be punishments.

The detective's I.D.[]

They actually locked that "fake" detective in their hideout for the night. It was in the room next to theirs, they confiscated the ID. He was released the next morning, the two just had to hang out in that room for the night. But that wasn't part of the plan, they really thought he was a fake. Gregson tried to sneak out during the middle of the night through the vent, so they had to chase him down and catch him. But when de Rousseau said it was peaceful, de Rossi acted pretty strange. He tried to escape through the inn window the day before the league, de Rousseau caught him and threw him back in their room, this gave him a large mark on his neck. Naruhodo requested more testimony about that detail, Gregson did not have that mark on his neck. The two reminded the court that they said the man was a completely different person, but then the genuine ID wouldn't make any sense. The facts don't lie even if they are hard to believe, that Gregson must have been an imposter. "Gossip" also had a mark on his neck, he must've been the imposter! Naruhodo wanted him back on the stand and the judge has the bailiff bring him.

Cross-examining Boone, de Rousseau, & de Rossi[]

He shows him the same mark on Peppino de Rossi's neck, they're exactly the same. But "Gossip" said he was born with that mark and he has no idea about any of this. Yet the defense and prosecution want one final testimony from him and the red-headed league. The two say the fake detective looked nothing like "Gossip", he never even left Fresno street. He's all alone with no family and can't hide his face with a disguise. Fabien de Rousseau didn't think the testimony was necessary, "Gossip" wanted the cross-examination to be brief.

"Gossip" knew about the league, he gave information about it to "Sandwich". But when he said he wouldn't go to other streets, de Rousseau went deep into thought. He said he thought about renting a house on Lime street for their hideout, that's where he saw him in a real estate office paying the agent with a contract. "Gossip" denied this but then Peppino de Rossi remembered that he had a thick roll of cash and saw his name of the contract, it's Hugh Boone! The judge didn't think they should reveal personal lives, but Naruhodo remembered that that name was of the tenant who rented out the crime scene. Boone agreed about all that, being a peddler he could afford the ramshackle room. He remembered the two red-heads there the day he was paying the rent, but he just wanted to make a quiet living.

Then Naruhodo presented the picture of Evie Vigil that was found in the room. Yet Asogi assured him that he couldn't possibly pose as Detective Gregson due to his unique appearance, but Naruhodo said those lips might be the disguise. Naruhodo said that this peddler was actually Daley Vigil, Evie's missing husband. He couldn't return home because of this case. Per Naruhodo's request, Fabien de Rousseau and Peppino de Rossi shake "Hugh Boone" until his hat, wig, and lip come off revealing him to indeed be Daley Vigil.

Meeting Daley Vigil[]

"Hugh Boone" working.

With his disguise removed, the two redheads remembered him as the detective they saw that day. Vigil was once nominated for the chief officer of Barclay Prison, but he stopped being the chief jailer a decade ago. He admitted his identity and apologized for everything, "Hugh Boone" was a name he created for his peddler ego. After he retired from the prison, London was at a major recession at the time and he couldn't find another job. Vigil didn't tell his wife about this, he made an account at the London bank using his "Boone" name and rented the Fresno flat. He reported to that room for work at about 8:30 AM everyday, at 5 PM he went back the room, went back to being Daley Vigil and went home.

Gregson finding Vigil.

He couldn't betray his family, but regarding the salary and coverup, he said it was due to Tobias Gregson. A few years after becoming "Hugh Boone", he somehow managed to find him. Back when he was the head jailer, Gregson visited him. When he noticed him on Fresno Street he was concerned and starting visiting routinely since. He entrusted Vigil with secret missions, he would pose as him and perform interviews and stakeouts. He would always meet him in the same apartment and give him his ID. Gregson always told him never to tell anyone about this, even if he died. He had police records and used the flat as like a second office. The red-headed league was another assignment.

Kazuma Asogi said that Gregson was killed during his investigation of the league, but Vigil protested that the league didn't seem to have anything to do with the murder. Asogi didn't want the cross-examination to end though, he asked Vigil if he witnessed the execution of the Professor, his father, he said there was a connection toward that case. Vigil didn't really remember what happened before his resignation, Susato found that odd. Naruhodo decided to present the disciplinary dismissal notice regarding his firing. Vigil was very surprised at this, Asogi also informs about what happened on June 17th where the Professor rose from the grave after his execution. Vigil should've watched his death and oversee all the preparations. He started to remember, Barclay was in an uproar afterwards! The newspaper article about Enoch Drebber were signs that the event occurred, there was a lot of bloodstains in the Professor's grave. An investigation concluded that someone in the jail assisted him in his escape. Vigil was suspected, a few nights after some detectives visited the prison, he was summoned to Barry Caidin at the observation tower. The detectives wanted to ask him some questions and Caidin told him to pack up his office. Suddenly, Vigil screamed, then fainted. The judge had the bailiff summon the emergency units and suspended the trial for the day.

Investigation - Day 2[]

Back at Sholmes' Flat[]

3:38 PM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo couldn't believe the trial, Susato Mikotoba revealed that the bailiffs told her that Vigil went to the hospital. It turned out Vigil tried to kill himself by jumping out the window of the tower, he lost his memories since then. Iris Wilson offered them some herbal tea and her help, she almost finished her next manuscript. Naruhodo didn't think that van Zieks was the killer, they wondered about Kazuma Asogi. Tobias Gregson must have been killed the day before, but why was van Zieks investigating him? The cases on the board were all related to the Grim Reaper, they needed to look into Gregson's movements. Before he was killed, he was investigating the red-headed league, but Daley Vigil showed up with his ID instead. Iris suggested this might be to create an alibi, then remembered Evie Vigil. Her husband was in charge of supervising the cell of the Professor but he was blamed for his escape. And now he's doing his secret job as acting as Gregson for him while being a peddler. Iris decides that it's time they head out, she takes a gun filled with boiling tea.

Meeting with Stronghart again[]

In the high court of justice, Mael Stronghart told Kazuma Asogi to move the trial along. Asogi left and Stronghart announces that the verdict of van Zieks has been delayed due to Asogi's questioning. He didn't know if Asogi thought that van Zieks was the Grim Reaper. He revealed that the defendant of his second trial, the leader of a crime syndicate, threatened the jury to get acquitted. Three days later, he was crushed by concrete at a construction site, that was the first appearance of the Grim Reaper. Although it was declared an accident, about sixteen more people met unnatural deaths afterward, this can't be a coincidence. The truth might finally be revealed, but they don't how the public will react to it, that's why the trial was top secret. This was the first secret trial since the Professor case, Stronghart was the original prosecutor but van Zieks begged to take his place so he can avenge his brother. But he seems to deny being a part of Stronghart's "clock", he plans to do something tomorrow. He has a meeting he was really late for so he has to go now, but he allows them to interview Asogi.

Interviewing van Zieks[]

In cell one of the Gaol, van Zieks was reading a book when he noticed the three. He guessed he should be agreeable to his defense attorney despite him being Japanese. He was impressed with Kazuma Asogi as a prosecutor but figured this might be a punishment for playing the part of the Grim Reaper. He said it was actually an organization he's been trying to hunt down, it would be impossible to commit all these crimes alone. The Grim Reaper knew about the defendants and their cases, meaning someone from Scotland Yard was involved, he said he was Tobias Gregson! That's why he was investigating him, but Gregson only had the most prominent position, he only investigated each target and formulated the plan to kill them, he always had an alibi. He used Daley Vigil, who was unaware of this, the Fresno apartment was the base where Gregson meets with the actual killer and made the plans. There was a actually a Grim Reapress, her name was Asa Shinn. Naruhodo remembered her as the real name of Jezaille Brett who killed John H. Wilson and almost got away due to consular jurisdiction but was killed. Susato and Naruhodo agreed that they shouldn't talk about Shinn around Iris due to her killing her father, but Susato should tell Yujin about this.

Barok & Genshin being attacked by thugs.

Van Zieks then heard about how Naruhodo replaced Asogi as the exchange student, he reminded him of his father. Back then, some aristocrats exercised their power to exploit of the government economy, military and even the citizens. Barok guessed the Professor was a hero somewhat, but he didn't understand why he would kill his brother, Klint, at all. He revealed that Genshin Asogi even saved his life once! It was a late foggy night after Klint's death, Barok and Genshin were walking along a back alley, he was unaware of his identity of the Professor. Suddenly, they were surrounded by thugs who were holding pistols and hiding their faces with scarves. Klint van Zieks was an outstanding prosecutor at the time, London's villains considered him an eyesore, so they occasionally targeted Barok. Just when he thought he was going to be killed, Genshin whispered that he'd never be able to face Klint again. Barok didn't really know what happened after that, but everything went quiet. Genshin was lying on the brick road with his left hand bleeding, he protected Barok. He was arrested for being the Professor two days later, Barok lost his brother and his foreign friend. Naruhodo thanks van Zieks for telling him his story, Susato saw that the Professor, Grim Reaper and Gregson all have a connection, Naruhodo couldn't believe he was the Grim Reaper working with Jezaille Brett. Susato said they should go to the Great Waterloo Hotel to see her father.

Yujin at the hotel[]

Yujin Mikotoba noticed the three, Iris Wilson introduces herself, he was a big fan of her work. He was able to see the trial since he was a guest to the symposium and he was impressed with Naruhodo with even facing Asogi. They decide to have some tea, Seishiro Jigoku isn't here. Yujin heard about the rumors of the Death God of the Old Bailey from a member of the justice system yesterday. It didn't exist ten years ago due to him returning to Japan, the two say the entity was really Asa Shinn/Jezaille Brett. Yujin was surprised and Susato sends Iris to get some cookies with her so she didn't hear about her father's death. Yujin revealed that John Wilson was not the partner of Herlock Sholmes and didn't think he had a daughter! But they should still be quiet, the girls arrives with cinnamon biscuits.

Yujin hasn't seen Jigoku since this morning, but now the symposium was delayed, maybe he went to see the World's Fair. Ten years ago, Jigoku tried to have Genshin Asogi's punishment lightened but ended up smashing the witness stand! Additionally, since his words brought humiliation to England he became a defendant as well, but he received a not guilty verdict and safely returned to Japan with Yujin. He also finished developing the photo that was taken yesterday. His request was for Naruhodo to go back to Japan! Their legal system was still under development, what they need was a real defense attorney now. The Japanese government was deciding what do do with Kazuma Asogi, but Naruhodo just has to think about the request before this trial ends.

Yujin has to go report Asa Shinn to the Japanese government and police, he looks forward to Iris' next issue. He asked Naruhodo to think about his request and wishes him good luck. Suddenly, Herlock Sholmes appears, pondering something about Shinn. He was drinking tea under the chairs. He heard about Yujin's actions just now and he prayed that his deductions would actually be incorrect for once. He gave Naruhodo the bill for his tea and quickly left, Susato left for her father and Iris went to call a carriage, leaving Naruhodo with the bill.

Vigil in the hospital[]

In a ward in St. Synner's Hospital, Daley Vigil managed to compose himself. Kazuma Asogi left a moment ago, also apologizing for revealing his secret. Vigil always felt guilty about deceiving Evie, but also himself for being dismissed. He met Gregson around the time and he gave him a large amount of compensation for being his proxy. But he swears he wasn't the one who helped the Professor break out, he wanted someone to hear him out.

Gregson was ordered to carry out special duties to investigate something with the yard knowing, probably for the Grim Reaper. That's why Vigil pretended to be Gregson in order to leave an impression. The day before the incident, he was told to go to Lime street for the Red-Headed League and make a scene. But them those two locked him up after he waved around the idea like he usually does, he was released the next morning. He return to Fresno street around 5 to give his report but then heard the gunshot.

The time of the Professor's execution was midnight of June seventeenth, but it was used to enact the jailbreak plan. Barclay Prison has high security so there are some rules regarding leaving and entering, but there was a blind spot, the Professor's casket. The coroner rules each prisoner dead and they receive a burial at Lowgate Cemetary, then their casket was set aside and the head jailer signs a confirmation form. Only the executioner and the coroner are allowed to witness the death, Vigil waited in the room next door for the confirmation report. When he went there he saw that the casket was already nailed shut before the form was signed. Vigil assumed the vice head jailer checked and shut it for him, but Genshin Asogi was alive. They all wondered what happened that night. All Vigil knows was that someone inside the prison must've helped him escape and that it wasn't him. He remembered Genshin well despite only meaning him for a little bit, his trial was speedy due to the treaty. Vigil supervised him in his solitary cell for a week, but Genshin always seemed calm and polite with knowledge. When asked if he really killed the five nobles, Genshin said yes. The trial was the next day and he received his guilty verdict, when he returned to his cell that night Vigil saw something odd on his patrol, it was Genshin's will he was holding. He was only allowed to bring personal items in his cell due to being Japanese, but he wasn't allowed pen or paper but he still had one. Genshin begged Vigil to ignore his will which he calls his final "weapon". But then the will vanished after Genshin's execution, the jailers didn't find it to give to Kazuma. Chief officer Caidin said it should've been there despite Vigil supposedly only knowing about the Asogi file.

That's all Daley Vigil can tell them, Evie will be here soon. But posing as a detective was a crime, so he'll probably be arrested but he knew it would catch up one day. Suddenly, he wanted to say one more thing about the Asogi file. He wanted them to keep a secret about it because it's a high level secret and something bad might happen if it's revealed.

Another meeting with Caidin[]

Barry Caidin has heard that they found Daley Vigil, but he emphasizes that the prison has nothing to do with the case. Iris gets a hard, handcuff shaped biscuit when saying he got disciplinarily dismissed. Naruhodo asked Caidin about the Asogi files, but the chief officer sternly tells them to stick to the present cases. The Professor's execution and escape was a dark spot for Barclay Prison, the coroner in charge was Courtney Sithe and Vigil was in charge of the execution. Caidin said his suicide was an excuse for having his crime found out. There was no one else around who knows the details of what happened at the time. Sithe isn't allowed visitors, probably to prevent leaking information. He suggested Maria Gorey might know about the situation, she was Sithe's only daughter. Their family seem to have unusual circumstances, apparently Gorey would choose the same path after watching her mother labor over those murder victims. She's also the one in charge of Gregson's incomplete autopsy, she might know about ten years ago. Caidin wishes they would stop talking about the Professor killings and didn't want them to come back.

Susato said their information sources regarding the Asogi file was a trade secret. Caidin confirms that Asogi indeed wrote his will, it didn't vanish, he actually has it write now and gives it to him. In brush strokes, Genshin said he wanted all belongings to go to his son. After the belongings were shipped to Japan the case was over. Caidin demands that they keep quiet about it as possible.

Questioning Prosecutor Asogi[]

In the Prosecutor's office, Kazuma Asogi figured they would be stopping by. He knew Naruhodo would stick to being a defense attorney and Susato was so happy that his dream of being in court came true. Asogi didn't know this would happen when they were together in court. Naruhodo was here to hear what he has to say about the Professor killings, but first he wanted to hear what happened on the S.S. Burya. When Asogi woke up, he lying in a narrow cabin on a bed decorated with a wreath of flowers. Already amnesiac, he snuck out quietly and headed for the deck, but his head kept saying he had a secret mission in England. When the steamship ported at Hong Kong, he disembarked in the middle of other passengers. He concealed himself and was able to secure a job on the cargo ship. After stopping at countless ports, he finally arrived at Dover Harbor three months ago. But he couldn't remember his mission, he was apprehended by the immigration office as an illegal alien and escorted to Scotland Yard. That's where he met Mael Stronghart during a meeting, he brought Asogi to the prosecutor's office and let him stay in his own due to his knowledge of the law.

Father & son.

Regarding Genshin, Kazuma was very young when he left for England, his last memory was photo taken right before he left. Six years later, Yujin Mikotoba told him that Genshin died of an illness. After that, he took Kazuma in and helped pay for his education at Imperial Yumei University. But he still wasn't convinced that an illness killed his father, they received a letter one day from England revealing Genshin as a serial killer! It was unknown who wrote the letter, but they were probably silenced. There was also a newspaper article about the Professor, Mikotoba didn't see the letter but Seishiro Jigoku did, after so feared hesitation he laughed it off. A year later, Asogi's mother died due to an illness. But anyway, he was impressed with Naruhodo's defense today. They inform about Tobias Gregson being the Grim Reaper, but Asogi said he already knows saying Barok van Zieks was ordering him. He made sure that Genshin was sent to the gallows, but Kazuma knows his father wasn't a serial killer, just that he was killed by the Grim Reaper.

Naruhodo brings up how Gregson's time of death isn't listed in the autopsy report, Asogi made a trip to the forensic pathology lab a while ago. But the coroner in charge, Dr. Gorey, was out. The lab was located between Lowgate Cemetary, where Genshin was buried. Asogi thanks Naruhodo for protecting and returning his sword, "Karuma", made by a famous blacksmith during the Sengoku period. It's a symbol of the martial-arts family, one of Genshin's apprentices took his name as his surname. He took it with him in his study abroad. Tomorrow, Asogi was determined to prove that van Zieks was the Grim Reaper who killed Gregson but Naruhodo won't allow it and they part ways.

Meeting with Maria Gorey[]

In the forensics pathology lab, there a sweet, rose scent inside now. The three hear someone sharping lancets. Maria Gorey said they'll die if she doesn't, she offers to cut them to test them out. They look around at all the creepy stuff in the lab, with Gorey responding with something that slightly scares them. When asked about Tobias Gregson's time of death, Gorey just notes that they aren't dead. So Naruhodo presented her the autopsy report, she takes off her mask and said that's not her fault. Mael Stronghart told Gorey not to write it because it was obvious that Gregson's death was as theorized. Naruhodo said she'll soon end up like her mother but then Gorey writes that Gregson's death was impossible to estimate. She found fish and chips in his coat pocket that started to mold, meaning someone probably tampered with the body to throw off the time of his death. She suggested that his body was frozen without his coat on, Iris said a big ice box might come from a factory. Gorey said that it might have been a day before matching Naruhodo's theory, but Stronghart said there were none of the sort near Fresno street. Maria Gorey goes back to sharpening her lancet.

A while later she was still sharpening. Now the group asked her about Courtney Sithe, her mother who announced the Professor dead after his execution. Gorey said she also observed the autopsy of his last victim, Klint van Zieks. Gregson insisted on the miracle happening, the autopsy occurred in this very lab. Sithe's biggest job was watching the Professor's execution and signed it off, she can't believe it was all a lie when she found out. Gorey sees this forced doing as what Stronghart was doing to herself now. They wonder who gave instructions for the jailbreak plan. Sithe was just an assistant to Klint's autopsy, the real man in charge was John H. Wilson, the other assistant was Yujin Mikotoba. Decisive evidence found in Klint pointed Genshin Asogi as the true killer, Gorey allows the group to look at the files but there didn't seem to be any record about Klint. Gorey was surprised at this, two years ago Herlock Sholmes came wanting to see the records. Iris remembered some business and tells Naruhodo she was suddenly going home by herself but Gorey stops her as she's been here before. Iris was with Sholmes two years ago but she left now. Gorey admits that talking to them was fun.

Return to the crime scene[]

Back at the Fresno Street apartment, the investigation was progressing. Naruhodo felt something off, Susato said they should investigate. They notice a heavy, metal case on the floor, the initials T.G. are on it. Suddenly, Gina Lestrade arrives saying that's hers and she takes it wherever she goes. She's also mad that Scotland Yard was calling Tobias Gregson the real Grim Reaper, she found a notebook in his office and managed to look at it before it was taken away. It was a list of Grim Reaper investigations and the names of all the killed defendants with their death dates. The last entry was October thirty-first, the day before this incident, Lestrade can't remember the name but it and wasn't English, Asa Shinn also appeared multiple times. Now regarding Lestrade's own investigation with Toby, the police are trying to retrace Gregson's footsteps, but the two found something but aren't telling. The "hellhound's" skills are highly praised here, Naruhodo decides to let Toby sniff the red wig Gregson was wearing. But suddenly, the dog launched himself straight at Lestrade and goes to her trunk, it did belong to Gregson. It took a long time though, but Lestrade admits that Toby attacked "Sandwich" when he sniffed Gregson's coat, he was hiding the trunk behind his sign board, he picked it from the crime scene. "Sandwich" thought he could sell it for good money, that's all he did but he still got on Lestrade's nerve. She managed to get it back, Naruhodo asked if they can look at it but Toby suddenly starts licking his face crazy!

Sholmes' deduction[]

4:57 PM

Ryunosuke Naruhodo woke up in his consultation office, He had a bandage around his head, it was a sugary water compress from Yujin since they didn't have ice. Sholmes invited them all for tea and they headed downstairs. When they arrive they saw a sad and quiet Iris Wilson, a masked man on the couch and heard German music. Sholmes demanded the man to stop singing and explain himself. He thought he knew what had happened, there was a long awaited reunion and Iris was hiding something. Since Iris went pale, Sholmes concluded that his logic would end the song.

Herlock Sholmes said the man was German because of his singing. He also said Iris knew why he was so cheerful, she gazed towards a tea cup so Sholmes concluded that she gave the German gentleman some herbal tea that caused him to pass out and sing. But who was he? Sholmes revealed that several years ago, a gentleman visited him to solve his problems, a story was written about it. His name was Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigmond van Ormstein, father of Gotts and the king of Germany! He wore a mask to hide his identity and it's the same one he was wearing now. Iris glanced at her backpack so Sholmes said something must be inside of it. He said the king gave her pocket money to keep a secret. Iris glanced at the handle of Sholmes' favorite coffee cup, he said the German king smashed it. The truth was that Iris tried to hide the broken cup, but Sholmes planned to send a bill to Germany. The deduction was finished, yet neither the "German king" nor Iris were talking still. Naruhodo added that he actually read that story and Gotts' father was the king of Bohemia, not Germany. Susato decided to help Naruhodo correct Sholmes' deductions.

Iris was actually looking the gramophone, that's where the German music was coming from, the gentleman was completely unconscious. Naruhodo and Susato remembered that the mask was the same one Kazuma Asogi was wearing when he was the Masked Apprentice. It used to be sitting on the metal box, but why was the gentleman wearing it now? Sholmes removed it and the man was Yujin Mikotoba, Susato's father. Moving on towards Iris' silence, she was actually glancing at the metal box which appears to be unlocked, it contained all the original stories of Herlock Sholmes. Sholmes opened it but then gets punched by a boxing glove trap after Iris warned him, he was now in the exact same position as Yujin! Iris was talking now and holding a key behind her back, it was originally in her mouth before Sholmes got punched. So Yujin tried to open the box but was sent flying, all the stuff on him miraculously came from onto the box to onto him. The deductions seem to be over but Sholmes objected as Iris was still hiding something. Underneath the tray she was holding a record from Scotland Yard, Naruhodo remembered that the autopsy of Klint van Zieks was missing. A couple years ago, Sholmes visited the lab with Iris to see the document, she suddenly started crying and apologizing.

Partner of Herlock Sholmes[]

Iris' confession

Iris Wilson admitted she took the autopsy report because she knew it was important, she said she found her father. But before she can clarify, Herlock Sholmes announced that he will take the unconscious Yujin to the attic bed. Anyway, Iris knew that her father was the partner of Sholmes and he wrote all the their solved cases in that trunk. When she secretly looked at the case files, they said he was a medical doctor, so she studied hard and became one as well. Yet the name of her father wasn't anywhere in the records. When she found Klint's autopsy report, she noticed that the handwriting perfectly matched those of the records. But she couldn't borrow the report to properly compare the two, and she never said it again until today when she stole it. The coroner who performed Klint's procedure was John H. Wilson, so she took his last name and decided to write "The Adventures of Herlock Sholmes". Sholmes came in blaming himself for what Iris had done, he promised he'd only tell about her father when the time was right. They both went to return the report to Dr. Gorey and apologized, so Susato and Naruhodo decided to borrow it for a while.

After Iris left to tend her herbs, Susato read the report and was very shocked. She said that the handwriting wasn't Dr. Wilson's, but of her father, Yujin Mikotoba! She revealed that medical assistants like him record their opinions during autopsies and compile them into the report, it's finished when the coroner signs off on it. So Iris made a mistake, John Wilson only signed the report. Naruhodo realized that they don't know which of Sholmes' stories are true, the detective said his best friend recorded all his activities. But Sholmes didn't get to see him much due to being in a faraway country, Naruhodo concluded that the partner of Herlock Sholmes was Dr. Mikotoba. Sholmes was glad he finally understood logic, Yujin suddenly appeared and Sholmes properly introduced him to them.

Their meeting was sixteen years ago, Yujin was looking for a lodging to commute to the hospital from. But the prices were high, so he decided he needed a roommate to split the rent with. Sholmes was still a novice at the time, he was at the hospital doing research. After that, they pursue numerous cases together, it all stopped because of the Professor. Yujin had to return to Japan with Seishiro Jigoku. Susato was proud of his father for being Sholmes' partner, but she asked about Iris' father. Sholmes told her that her father was the one who wrote the records in the trunk, that means that Iris and Susato are half-sisters! Susato was disgusted that Yujin had an affair with Iris' mother, but Yujin said she's got the wrong idea. Sholmes suddenly said they need to head out to solve a case like the old days, reluctantly Yujin agreed to go with him. He will be praying Naruhodo good luck and his decision about coming back to Japan. A lot of things happened today, but they will soon learn that there will be a clue to behind everything, and it might've been necessary to strengthen Ryunosuke Naruhodo's resolve.

References to other cases[]

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles[]

Other[]

  • The scene with Kazuma and Naruhodo trying to get Daley Vigil to remember what happened in Barclay Prison is similar to Turnabout Succession. In both, the prosecutor aggressively pushes a witness to remember an event from years ago, acting out-of-character.
  • At one point, Venus states, "If you put 100 of these fireworks together, you can blow up this whole courtroom!" A variant of this hypothetical occurs in Turnabout Countdown.

Holmes references[]

Other cultural references[]

  • When Ryunosuke tells the court about the Red-Headed League, the judge asks: "Is there truly such an extraordinary league of gentlemen." This is most possibly a reference to The League of Extraordinary Gentlmen, a comic book series written by Alan Moore.
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