Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used the same analytical skills he imparted to his iconic character to clear an innocent man's name in 1906. The case was chronicled heavily in The Telegraph and set a precedent that later prevented numerous miscarriages of justice.Know More
George Edalji was an Indian man whose family immigrated to England. When Edalji was young, a series of harassing letters plagued his family. Although a disgruntled former employee of the family later admitted to sending the letters, Edalji himself was blamed when the letters started arriving years later. Due to racial prejudices at the time, Edalji was used as a scapegoat for a series of brutal livestock killings in the area.
When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle caught wind of the unseemly miscarriage of justice, he took to The Telegraph with a series of detailed analyses of the evidence the police had overlooked in Edalji's case. Doyle himself used the Sherlock method of deduction to prove that Edalji was far too nearsighted to stalk animals in the dark while police were afoot. Doyle also recognized that bloody razors found in Edalji's apartment were really just rusty and that the mud on his boots was not a match for the field in which the animals were killed. Edalji was cleared of the crime and the Court of Appeals was formed to prevent further miscarriages of justice.Learn more in Classics
Sherlock Holmes plays a violin, although his instrument in the popular television adaptation does not contribute to musical scores heard onscreen. Holmes is an exceptional violinist, although those skills reportedly do not transfer to actors playing his role, including Benedict Cumberbatch. However, television producers replicate the talents of Holmes and the unique look of his old instrument as closely as possible, recording musical scores from accomplished violinists and searching for replica violins matching the color of Holmes' Stradivarius.Full Answer >
There is no specific birth date attributed to King Arthur. Legend says Arthur was based on a fifth or sixth century British warrior. While popular in mythology, there is no evidence to show that King Arthur was a real person.Full Answer >
The McCarthy hearings, which sought to root out communists in the U.S. government during the early 1950s, inspired Arthur Miller to write "The Crucible." Although the play's setting is the 17th-century Salem witch trials, Miller equated the fear, hysteria and danger of the witch hunt with the hearings.Full Answer >
The legend of King Arthur is best summarized as the story of a young boy who pulls the sword Excalibur out of a stone and becomes the King of England. His idealism spawns the Knights of the Round Table, but his jealously brings down his reign.Full Answer >