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Adventure Of The Speckled Band Research Paper

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In the story, The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes had believed that doctors make the greatest criminals. Holmes himself said "when a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge." Dr. Roylott had certainly gotten away with the murder of his stepdaughter Julia, and if it weren't for Helen Stoner being afraid for her life, Dr. Roylott would've probably gotten away with her murder as well. However, Helen called Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to help solve her sisters murder, and not only did they solve her murder, but in an ironic twist, Dr. Roylott was also murdered by his own weapon. Holmes concluded that doctors make the greatest criminals because they know about different medications and poisons, they take an oath, and they have the power to get…show more content…
Roylott did in fact get away with the murder of Julia. Even though her body was tested for poison, the coroner was unable to find a cause of death because Dr. Roylott was smart enough to know which toxins would be found in the bloodstream, and which ones would be undetected. Since it is a doctors responsibility to know about all kinds of medications and poisons, a doctor would know how to use those substances to cause harm. As is the case with the Speckled Band. Dr. Roylott was smart enough to know what toxic poison could kill someone, but also be undetected. Second, there are, of course, many doctors in today's society who are considered criminals as well. Since doctors have the advantage of having knowledge and power, they are able to commit various different crimes, and some are never caught. Some doctors sell prescriptions, while others perform certain procedures that can leave people mutilated, crippled, and even dead. Some doctors just get too greedy and greed is what gets them caught. Greed is what got Dr. Roylott. He wanted all of the money that was left to Julia and Helen, so he came up with a plan to get rid of
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