Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey into Madness & Mayhem

Strange Case of Dr. Doyle: A Journey into Madness & Mayhem

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Hardcover, Square One Pub, 2013, ISBN13 9780757003486, ISBN10 0757003486
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STRANGE CASE OF DR. DOYLE

London. 1910. A procession of well-attired gentlemen and ladies are clearlyout of place among the stalls and pushcarts of the Whitechapel District. Asthe group makes its way through the crowded streets, the tour guide stopsnow and then to point out various places where the mutilated bodies of thewomen had been found. Although the murders occurred twenty-two yearsprior, the man leading the group seems to know every detail and aspect ofeach slaying. Of those things he does not know, he offers freely his owninsightful conjecture. This is, however, no average tour of brutal acts. It isa close look at infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper s trail of blood. And theman leading the group is none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle famouscreator of fictional character Sherlock Holmes, the world s greatest detective.In The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle, we learn what draws one famousEnglishman to another in ways that are as fascinating as they are shocking.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle actually led a tour group to the sites of the WhitechapelMurders in the year 1910. While we do not have an existing description ofthat tour, authors Daniel Friedman, MD, and Eugene Friedman, MD, havemeticulously pieced together Doyle s own words to create a riveting accountof his publicly stated beliefs on each of these horrific murders. As Doyle takesthe group on his tour, the reader learns about the victims and the way eachdied. The authors have also included new pieces of evidence to understandbetter the murderer known to history only as Jack the Ripper.Interspersed throughout the tour is the Friedmans unique and well-researchedaccount of the life of the young Conan Doyle, which was shrouded in moremystery than any of his own works of fiction. The authors have uncoveredfacts about which few, if any, Doyle biographers have ever been aware. Doylewas able to reinvent himself so fully through his own writings that fewrecognized the more disturbing elements that were cut out of his own lifestory. What these two authors have uncovered in their investigation of Jackthe Ripper and Sir Arthur will no doubt spark passion and debate amongSherlockians for years to come. The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle proves onceagain that truth elementary as it may be is always stranger than fiction.

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Number of Pages: 339
Original Languages: English
Author: Friedman, Eugene, M.d. ,  Friedman, Daniel, M.D.
Publisher: Square One Pub
ISBN-13: 9780757003486
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.50 x 9.50 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0757003486
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This is really two distinct books wrapped into one, using the common theme of Arthur Conan Doyle to connect them. The first is a biography of Doyle, with the concentration on his life before the smashing success of his Sherlock Holmes stories. He was an MD, yet was never terribly successful at it, so he took up writing. Like so many people that eventually became famous authors, at first publishers expressed very little interest in his Sherlock Holmes stories. The biography is interesting, for Doyle grew up in difficult circumstances, his father was a talented artist but an unstable drunk. Doyle seemed to always be on the verge of success, yet until the popularity of his Holmes stories exploded, never really got there. The second “book” is a fictionalized rendition of Doyle taking a group of learned people on a tour of the sites where Jack the Ripper killed his victims. The tour is taking place in 1910, 22 years after the murders took place. The dialog between Doyle and his group covers the facts of the murders as well as the clues that Jack deliberately left behind. This is also interesting, although the dialog is of course fictionalized, the content is not. What is discussed is the facts of each murder as well as informed speculation as to how Jack could kill and then disappear. A point of emphasis is the brutality of the murders, once the deed was done Jack would have to have significant amounts of blood on his clothing. Yet, he was able to escape notice on streets that were patrolled by the police and were often packed with people. The last section goes off on some very wild speculation, where the premise is put forward that Doyle was in fact Jack the Ripper. This surmise is based on the fact that Jack almost certainly had a detailed knowledge of human anatomy, he had to have been very athletic and was of course very intelligent. All qualities that Doyle possessed. The authors cite very little additional evidence for this conclusion, arguing that Doyle was a bit of a sociopath. While the conclusion is based on little real evidence, it does make for a very interesting conclusion.

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