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The Adventures Of The Speckled Band By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Doctors Make The Greatest Criminals

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In the short story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", Sherlock Holmes comes to the conclusion that "doctors make the greatest criminals". Doctors go through years of studying the human body and know how it works. Doctors know what can harm the human body and what human bodies can withstand. They also know what it would take to put an end to someone's existence. Knowledge, an evil mind and the expertise to destroy evidence, are all that is required to be a proficient criminal. Doctors have several clear advantages to be exceptional criminals.

The doctor in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", Dr. Roylott, was a high-class criminal. When Roylott was informed that the two Stoner sisters, Helen and Julia, were receiving an inheritance of a large sum of money, he perceived that if the sisters couldn't receive it, he would. Roylott had a plan, and he was determined to get what he wanted. Roylott kept an extremely poisonous snake, and all he had to do was have the snake bite the person he wanted killed. He was intelligent enough to put a bell rope, with no bell, hanging out of a vent in Julia Stoner's room which led to the next room. Dr. Roylott stored the snake in a safe and when it came time for him to kill, he put the snake on the rope and let it slither to the other room to attack. After the attack, he would just whistle and the snake would slither up the rope and back to the safe. Julia was found murdered in her sleep that night. Roylott had Helen move into Julia's room, because of the other rooms being rented out. He wanted them both killed so he wouldn't have to give them the inheritance and he could keep it all for himself. The use of the snake was the perfect plan. Most of all, the doctor was very clever and knew how to hide most of the evidence so they crime could not be linked to him.

Nevertheless, a doctor as a villain is a nightmare....

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